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May 31, 2016

5,000 Assistance Dogs Placed

In May, Canine Companions for Independence placed the 5,000th assistance dog in the organization's history.  Since 1975, Canine Companions has placed assistance dogs free of charge with veterans, adults, and children with disabilities.  There are over 2,000 active graduate teams today, and in 2016, over 100 assistance dogs have already been placed.  At this pace, we will place 300 assistance dogs this year.

We are far from finished, as several more Team Trainings are scheduled this year.  Upcoming graduation ceremonies will be held at or near our centers in Santa Rosa, California, Oceanside, California, Irving, Texas, Delaware, Ohio, Medford, New York, and Orlando, Florida.  Please visit our website for dates and times of graduations. 

One of the people who benefits from a Canine Companions assistance dog is Nancy, who is a National Board member and four-time Canine Companions graduate.  Nancy shared that "There are never enough words to express how much Canine Companions service dogs have changed my life and how much they mean to me."

A contribution to this project helps ensure that Canine Companions will place more assistance dogs with people with disabilities.  Thank you for your interest in Canine Companions for Independence.

Mar 10, 2016

A Good Start in 2016

On the heels of a successful year that saw us place an all-time best 309 assistance dogs, Canine Companions for Independence is off and running in 2016.  In the first quarter of this year, 75 assistance dogs have been placed with adults, including veterans and children with disabilities.  We're just getting started, as several more Team Training classes and graduation ceremonies are scheduled between now and November 2016.

We have over 2,000 active graduate teams today, and will soon place the 5,000 assistance dog in our history.  Each of our assistance dogs along with our graduate follow-up services are provided free of charge.

The support we receive from individuals around the country enables us to place more assistance dogs than any other organization.

Canine Companions graduate Nancy, who has a neuromuscular disease received her first assistance dog in 1994, and recently received her 4th dog.  Nancy shared that "There are never enough words to express how much Canine Companions service dogs have changed my life and how much they mean to me."  All four of Nancy's service dogs have helped her live more independently by opening doors, picking up dropped items and pulling her wheelchair. 

We are grateful to all who have contributed to Canine Companions and supported people like Nancy.

Jan 29, 2016

A record number of placements in 2015

Canine Companions for Indpendence celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015, and the special anniversary year was one to remember.  In 2015, 309 assistance dogs were placed free of charge with adults, children and veterans with disabilities.  The 309 placements are an all-time high for the organization.  Today we have just over 2,000 active graduate teams, and nearly 4,900 assistance dogs have been placed over the course of four decades. 

In addition to our record number of placements, Canine Companions also

-  Opened the sixth Canine Companions regional training center.  The new center is in Irving, Texas

-  Conducted follow-up visits with 1,005 of our graduates

-  Continued our partnership with the Veterans Administration for a study that evaluates the benefits of assistance for veterans with PTSD.

-  Expanded awareness of Canine Companions through dozens of DogFest Walk 'n Rolls.

  In 2016, our first Team Training class graduated.  It was a hearing dog class, which took place in Santa Rosa, California, where Canine Companions is headquartered.  Team Trainings and graduation ceremonies will be held in February throughout the country.  More than 20 Team Trainings and graduation ceremonies will be held in 2016.

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