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.