2014 has been an extraordinary year for Canine Companions for Independence. This year, we placed 290 assistance dogs -- an all-time high for our organization. Today, there are nearly 2,000 active Canine Companions graduate teams, and since our founding in 1975, we have placed 4,600 assistance dogs. While we've experienced many changes over the years, one thing has never changed and that is our graduates pay no fee for their assistance dog.
Other highlights of 2014 include:
- Meeting our graduate follow-up visit goal
- Breaking Ground on a new center in Irving, Texas
- Entering into a study with the Veterans Administration, where we will be placing assistance dogs with veterans with PTSD
- Paul Mundell succeeding Corey Hudson as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Canine Companions. Mr. Hudson was CEO of Canine Companions for 24 years.
Stefanie, one of our Canine Companions graduates shared "After my injury, I felt like a burden to everyone. Now I have Service Dog Kaz as a partner to help me take on the world. I don't feel that weight of disability holding me back anymore."
Every contribution helps Canine Companions help more graduates like Stefanie. Thank you for making our work possible.
Our instructors are training the next Canine Companions assistance dogs. Our first graduation in 2015 will be Friday, January 23 in Santa Rosa, California, when the first Hearing Dog class of the year graduates.