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Colonial Dames

National Society of Colonial Dames Hosts Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions was the special guest of honor at a luncheon for the National Society of Colonial Dames in the District of Columbia.
Dom and Plato

How Man’s Best Friend Can Provide a Key Link to the World of Hearing

Read the touching tale of Dominic and Plato, a dynamic team that shows us a novel — and adorable — solution to overcoming the challenges of deafness in a noisy world.
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Newest Addition at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation Grapevine-Lancaster has Four Legs and a Wagging Tail

The collaboration of Canine Companions for Independence and Baylor Scott & White Health is the first of its kind. Facility Dog Karmen is the first Canine Companions dog to be placed at a Baylor Scott & White Health facility, adding a new aspect to the already successful relationship.
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Why are these puppies doing time in Fort Worth's federal prison?

FMC Carswell is one of 14 prisons across the country raising puppies for Canine Companions. The inmates work hard with these dogs every day to prepare them for their futures as assistance dogs.
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August 2017 eNews

Imagine going in for a routine surgery and waking up as a quadruple amputee, fighting for your life. This nightmare was a reality for Annette. Instantly, the dedicated wife, employee and mother was completely dependent on others for every part of daily living. That is, until Canine Companions Service Dog Patch entered the picture. Read more...
Annette & Patch

Assistance Dog Changes Life of Quadruple Amputee

Imagine going in for a routine surgery and waking up as a quadruple amputee, fighting for your life. This nightmare was a reality for Annette Ramirez. Instantly, the dedicated wife, employee and mother was completely dependent on others for daily living. That is, until Canine Companions for Independence® assistance dog Patch entered the picture. Read more...
Kyle Weatherman

19-Year-Old NASCAR Driver Helps Give a Dog a Job

Canine Companions for Independence teams with #kylekares. What do assistance dogs and race cars have in common? Top-notch quality. Race car drivers want a vehicle that performs on every turn. People with disabilities need expertly-trained assistance dogs who are up to the task of increasing independence. Read more...
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July 2017 eNews

Margo found out about Canine Companions in 1988. “I was struggling then. I already couldn’t handle a full nursing schedule anymore,” says Margo. “Having a progressive disability really changes your life, but I knew I wanted to stay as independent as possible.” Read more...
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Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Canine Companions Establish Successful Collaboration

A new and mutually beneficial partnership has formed as Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Canine Companions for Independence have joined together to have puppies training to be assistance dogs visit children who are dancing with Segerstrom Center’s School of Dance & Music for Children with Disabilities. Read more...
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Jam City and Peanuts Worldwide Team Lend a Helping Paw to Canine Companions

Jam City and Peanuts Worldwide announced the worldwide launch of Snoopy Pop, an all-new bubble shooter game starring the beloved Peanuts characters and Snoopy alter-egos from the classic comic by Charles M. Schulz. Read more...
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Make Every Day Independence Day — Give a Dog a Job

For people with disabilities, independence means more than just a celebration of the founding of the nation. It is a door being opened, a dropped house key being retrieved, a prosthesis brought to a veteran. These jobs and the independence they provide, is possible thanks to expertly trained Canine Companions for Independence® assistance dogs. Read more...
0617 eNews

June 2017 eNews

"Life before Canine Companions was good, but I was dependent on others," shares Amy who graduated with Service Dog Yazzen in 2005." Read more...
Alex & Bright

May 2017 eNews

"Being a mom is rewarding, and also really hard. That’s a universal truth, but adding disability to the dynamic makes some of the day-to-day responsibilities appear nearly impossible. Canine Companions has matched me with two different and perfect assistance dogs. Read more...
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Celebrate Volunteerism and Grab a Leash

Communities around the country are grabbing a leash and coming together with dogs big and small at DogFest Walk n’ Roll, a dog- and family-friendly event benefiting non-profit Canine Companions for Independence. Read more...
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April 2017 eNews

Robin began her education at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2015. In 2016, she started “graduate school.” She hopes to land her first job within six months.

However, Robin isn’t your average student. She is a Canine Companions dog training to become an assistance dog. Raised by UCF student, Morgan, Robin was the first assistance dog in training allowed to live in university housing at a public university in Florida. Read more...

USA Today

USA Today $100,000 Video Competition

We're competing to win a community grant of $100,000 from the USA Today Network! You can help us by voting for our video, "A Service Dog is More Than a Vest," through May 12.
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March 2017 eNews

A child had just received new braces and was refusing to walk in them. All I had to say was, "Let's get Igor's leash and take him outside, then Igor and the child were walking and eventually running outside together," recalls Teresa, a physical therapist. Read more...
Chrysler Foley press release

Meet PacifiPuppy Foley

Chrysler Brand introduces PacifiPuppy Foley to launch new social initiative in partnership with Canine Companions for Independence's 'Give a Dog a Job' campaign.
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February 2017 eNews

For many dancers, injuries are a harsh reality of the job. Kathleen occasionally experienced numbness and weakness in her legs. Her doctors determined the symptoms to be caused by a slipped disc, a common dancing injury. But as the numbness and weakness worsened, doctors decided to run additional tests. Kathleen expected that she would need surgery, but the news she received was far worse. The doctor informed Kathleen that she would never dance again; she had multiple sclerosis (MS).

“I lost my identity that day in the hospital.”

Read more...

Raising a Hero

Bestselling Author Laura Numeroff Coming to Bay Area

Laura Numeroff, bestselling children’s book author of the “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” series, is coming to the Bay Area for signings of her new book, “Raising a Hero.”
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Chrysler, BraunAbility and Canine Companions Partner to Drive Independence

Chrysler, BraunAbility join to support 'Give a Dog a Job Program' benefiting Canine Companions for Independence
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January 2017 enews

Hearing Dog Marguerite could not have come into Michelle’s life at a better time. Michelle had just lost her husband to a heart attack two months prior to receiving an invitation to Team Training at Canine Companions to receive a hearing dog. Read more...
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Legislative Win for Legitimate Assistance Dogs

Colorado passed a law making the intentional misrepresentation of an assistance animal a class 2 petty offense. Now, Colorado is one of 17 states with laws prohibiting people from claiming that untrained animals are assistance animals. Read more...
Stefan and Knox

Graduate Featured on Parade Magazine

Canine Companions for Independence© is proud to have had our graduate, Stefan LeRoy (US Army Ret.) and his service dog Knoxville featured on the cover of Parade magazine Read more...
Paw Patrol Image news

Nickelodeon's PAW Patrol Pups Team Up With Canine Companions for Independence

Nickelodeon today announced the kick off of a multi-platform cause marketing partnership with Canine Companions for Independence®, a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities with highly trained assistance dogs. The initiative features a Public Service Announcement (PSA) starring the dogs of Canine Companions and heroic pups from Nickelodeon and Spin Master Entertainment’s hit animated preschool series PAW Patrol. Read more...