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 cci.org 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.