Who We Are

Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs at no charge to the recipient.
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Since our founding in 1975, Canine Companions has provided over 5,000 assistance dogs to people with disabilities. We now have six regional training centers and serve people throughout the U.S.

Our Stories

Meet some of the graduates of Canine Companions for Independence and learn how our assistance dogs change lives.


Answers to our most frequently asked questions and information on assistance dog etiquette.

Board and Leadership

Meet Canine Companions' executive leadership and national board of directors.


Canine Companions for Independence is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Find our IRS documents, annual reports and more.
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Our Partners

Learn how corporations, celebrities and foundations partner with Canine Companions.


Links to articles, tips and organizations for our graduates, puppy raisers and the community.

Make a Match.

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Canine Companions for Independence® assistance dogs are there for their human partners with disabilities. Expertly trained to perform over 40 commands these dogs help children, veterans and adults with disabilities open doors, pick up dropped items and much more. Thanks to donors like you, each life-changing dog is provided free of charge to recipients. Make a Match. Give Independence — and Give a Dog a Job.