Canine Companions Assistance Dog Team Sponsorship

by Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Companions Assistance Dog Team Sponsorship
Canine Companions Assistance Dog Team Sponsorship
Canine Companions Assistance Dog Team Sponsorship
Canine Companions Assistance Dog Team Sponsorship
Canine Companions Assistance Dog Team Sponsorship
Canine Companions Assistance Dog Team Sponsorship

The first six months of 2018 are in the books, and the first half of the year has been a good one for Canine Companions for Independence.

We'll start with graduate placements.  All of our regions have held Team Trainings and graduation ceremonies, resulting in the placement of more than 150 assistance dogs in 2018. That puts us on track to once again place over 300 assistance dogs. And, it is important to emphasize that we do not charge recipients for their dog or for follow-up services. More than 5,800 assistance dogs have been placed since we opened our doors in 1975. By the time 2018 ends, we anticipate all-time placements will exceed 6,000. Graduation ceremonies will take place throughout the country this summer. To learn of the date, time and location of a graduation ceremony, visit us at cci.org.

Canine Companions will be in many communities this summer and fall, as Dog Fest Walk 'n Rolls continue this summer and fall. In addition, we look forward to numerous other special events that raise awareness of our organization and how we make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

Other noteworthy news includes the grand re-opening of our Southwest Campus in Oceanside. We anticipate breaking ground later this year on a new and much needed training building at our National headquarters and Northwest Regional Center in Santa Rosa. We also showed off the Schulz Campus in June, with the annual Sit Stay Sparkle event, which raised over $270,000 for the organization.

Canine Companions relies on thousands of volunteers to make it possible for us to do the work we do. We just concluded our annual TEAM Conference in Santa Rosa. Well over 100 volunteer leaders from across the country came to share, learn and take back to their chapters information gained from the conference. TEAM stands for Together Everyone Achieves More, and our organization knows that it takes a team to make it possible for us to provide our highly trained assistance dogs free of charge.

Two-time graduate Tammie shared that having a Canine Companions assistance dog makes it so much easier to be independent and get around in public.

We appreciate your interest in and support of Canine Companions for Independence. Thank you for helping us Give a Dog a Job. Enjoy the summer! 

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How does Canine Companions follow up on a record breaking year that saw our organization place an all-time high of 403 assistance dogs?  

We held Team Trainings and graduation ceremonies in all six regions, resulting in the placement of over 80 assistance dogs -- that's how! In other words, we picked up right where we left off, as we welcomed new graduates and provided successor assistance dogs to a number of our recipients in the first three months of 2018.  Thanks to the donations we receive, our graduates receive their assistance dog and follow-up services free of charge.

The second quarter of 2018 will include numerous Team Trainings and graduation ceremonies. If you are in the vicinity of one of our regional centers, please come to a graduation ceremony. In addition, as the weather improves across the country, the number of events will increase. We're gearing up for DogFest Walk 'n Rolls, and special events, such as Sit Stay Sparkle, which will occur at our Schulz Campus in Santa Rosa, California on Saturday, June 9. 

Toward the end of the quarter, we will hold our annual TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) Conference, which features a Volunteer Leadership Conference. That event provides our volunteer leaders from across the country with the opportunity to meet with one another, learn from one another and Canine Companions staff, and take home the latest news and best practices to volunteer chapters and groups around the country. Over 3,000 volunteers, ranging from puppy raisers to event volunteers truly make a difference for Canine Companions and the people we serve. 

One such person is Tammie, who graduated with her second assistance dog, Ferrari in 2017. Tammie shared that having a Canine Companions assistance dog makes it so much easier to be independent and to get around in public. 

Thanks so much for making a difference for Tammie and all of our graduates, and for Giving a Dog a Job.

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Canine Companions for Independence enjoyed a very good 2017.  In 2017, 403 assistance dogs were place.  It is the first time in the 42-year history of the organizaton that 400 assistance dogs were placed in a calendar year. 

One of our 2017 highlights was our continued involvement in a study with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to train and place dogs with veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD).  The study with the VA has ended, but our work in the area of placing dogs with veterans with PTSD is leading us to pilot a PTSD program at our Schulz Campus in Santa Rosa, California in 2018.

We also held 24 DogFest Walk 'n Rolls across the U.S., which both increased awareness of and funds for the organization.  

2018 promises to be a very busy year. We continue to proudly serve veterans through our veterans initiative, and we are improving our facilities across the country -- adding and updating facilities.  We anticipate breaking ground for a new training building in Santa Rosa later this year. We are in the midst of a capital campaign to build a new campus in New Albany, Ohio.  

Our first Team Training classes and graduation ceremonies will take place in the first quarter of 2018.  Visit us at cci.org to learn of our 2018 graduation schedule.

The growth of Canine Companions could not occur without the support we receive from our volunteers and donors.  We look forward to providing more assistance dogs free of charge to people with disabilities in 2018. 

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2017 is quickly coming to a close, and the year has been another good one for Canine Companions for Independence.  For the third consecutive year, over 300 assistance dogs have been placed free of charge with adults, children and veterans with disabilities.  In our 42 year history, over 5,500 assistance dogs have been placed.  Today, we have over 2,200 active graduate teams.  Despite placing over 300 assistance dogs, we still have over 400 people on our waiting list for an assistance dog.  

Canine Companions is also pleased to announce that we will begin placing dogs with veterans with PTSD in 2018 at our national headquarters in Santa Rosa, California.  This will be a small, controlled local pilot.  We are presently raising funds to build a new training building that will be used for this program.

Canine Companions has been part of a multi-year study with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) which involved training and placing dogs with veterans with PTSD.  The VA study is designed to measure the benefits veterans with PTSD experience when placed with a service dog versus an emotional support dog.  Once the data has been collected from all participating veterans in 2019, the results will be published worldwide in scientific journals.

Serving veterans is not new to Canine Companions, as we have placed more than 250 assistance dogs through our Veterans Initiative.  

The continued support we receive makes programs like our PTSD program and Veterans Initiative possible.  

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On Friday, August 4, Canine Companions for Independence celebrated Graduation Day around the country.  68 assistance dog teams were placed from our regional centers located in Santa Rosa, CA, Oceanside, CA, Irving, TX, Orlando, FL, Delaware, OH and Medford, NY.  Over 250 assistance dogs have been placed in 2017, putting us on track to place over 300 assistance dogs for the third consecutive year.

On Friday, Canine Companions also recognized the placement of the 5,500th assistance dog in the 42-year history of the organization.  All 5,500 plus assistance dogs have been placed free of charge to people with disabilities, or to those  Facility graduates who utilize a Canine Companions assistance dog in special ed classrooms, hospitals, court rooms, and more. 

There are still several more Team Trainings and graduation ceremonies scheduled in 2017.  One who hopes to be among the 2017 class is 18-year-old Adam, who is awaiting a successor dog.  Adam has been teamed with Kiki, who recently retired.  Adam shared that "Canine Companions has become a huge part of our lives.  I cannot imagine my life without a Canine Companions assistance dog by my side." 

Canine Companions is growing, and with that growth comes the need to expand our facilities.  Our Southwest campus is breaking ground on a new building, and we soon hope to add an additional training building at our Santa Rosa campus.  We also are planning to replace our current North Central facility with a new campus in New Albany, OH. 

Every donation that is made helps make a difference for Adam and other people with disabilities who are waiting to be paired with a Canine Companions assistance dog.  We appreciate your support of our organization and the people we serve. 

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Canine Companions for Independence

Location: Santa Rosa, CA - USA
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Bob Bunger
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Santa Rosa, CA United States
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