2014 was an extraordinary year for Canine Companions for Independence. Last year, 289 assistance dogs were placed -- an all-time best for the non-profit organization. We now have 2,000 active graduate teams, and 4,600 assistance dogs have been placed since our founding in 1975. All graduates receive their assistance dog and follow-up services free of charge.
Other highlights of the year include, the appointment of Paul Mundell as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Mundell succeeds Corey Hudson, who retired after leading Canine Companions for 24 years. In 2014, we broke new ground on a training center that will be located in Irving, Texas, and became involved in a study with the Veterans Administration that will result in the placement of assistance dogs with veterans with PTSD.
In 2015, Canine Companions celebrates its 40th anniversary of placing highly trained assistance dogs with adults and children with disabilities. Our first Team Training and graduation has taken place -- that being a Hearing Dog class that graduated from the Schulz Campus in Santa Rosa, California on Friday, January 23. On Friday, February 13, Canine Companions will celebrate National Graduation Day, as five regional centers will host graduation ceremonies that day. If you are in the area of one of our centers (Santa Rosa, CA, Oceanside, CA, Delaware, Ohio, Medford, NY or Orlando, FL) you are most welcome to attend.
We look forward to making a difference in more lives in 2015, We encourage you to visit us at cci.org.