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36 Years of Breeding Puppies with a Purpose

It takes a special person to spend 36 years on-call day and night, 365 days a year, even if it’s for the sake of very important puppies. Read more about why Dr. Ruth Daniels was honored with the CVMA Meritorious Service Award.
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Canine Companions was invited to the TODAY Show on May 3, 2019

Meredith Vieira and Jenna Bush Hager featured Firefighter Tom Prin and Canine Companions' Service Dog Halona on the TODAY Show. Click here to watch the video.
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Drybar Founders Open Their Newest Venture to Rave Reviews

When the founders set out to launch Squeeze, they wanted to find a like-minded feel-good organization to partner with and support. They searched high and low and found the perfect organization to align with: Canine Companions for Independence! Read more about this exciting partnership.

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Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog Raider helped comfort the Turpin children during their parents' sentencing.
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“Fixer Upper” Family Receives Life-Changing Assistance Dog

The Copp family, featured on HGTV’s Fixer Upper and founders of the Raising Wheels Foundation, has a new furry addition to the family, and she comes with a special purpose.
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Canine Companions Broke Ground on a New Campus

On Wednesday, April 3 Canine Companions broke ground on a new state-of-the-art campus in the North Central Region
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NextHome Announces New Charity Partnership with Canine Companions for Independence

NextHome proudly announces its new national charity partner, Canine Companions for Independence®, a nonprofit with the primary purpose to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs. Click here to read more about this exciting partnership.
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High Point Market Partners with Crypton for Outdoor Experience at Spring Market

The High Point Market Authority announces a partnership with Crypton, a leading provider of performance fabric technologies in the residential home furnishings market, to bring an outdoor experience to Spring Market, April 6-10. Dubbed The Crypton Patio, this activation will create a first-of-its-kind, pop-up outdoor lounge, dining and meeting area that will be open to all Market attendees. Read how Canine Companions is joining the "pop-up" fun.
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Canine Companions for Independence® Awards Central Florida Veterinarian Inaugural Health Services Award

Dr. Becky Niedfeldt of Sheller Road Animal Hospital, located in Apopka, Florida was chosen by the Southeast Region.
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Canine Companions Breaking Ground on New Campus

We are excited to be breaking ground on our new North Central campus in New Albany, OH on April 3.
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Canine Companions for Independence awards Dallas/Fort Worth area veterinarians first-ever Health Services Award

Canine Companions for Independence national board of directors has chosen veterinarians from each of the organization’s six regions to receive the first annual Health Services Award. The South Central Region, with a campus located in Irving, Texas, chose Drs. Chelly and Joe Quinn of Town East Galloway Animal Clinic in Mesquite, Texas.
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Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition at the California Science Center Features Canine Companions for Independence®!

The world premiere of the California Science Center’s exhibition Dogs! A Science Tail, featuring Canine Companions, was unveiled on March 15 during their 21st Annual Discovery Ball in Los Angeles. We are excited to be a part of this traveling exhibition that explores the science behind the bond between humans and dogs, and how we are both wired for social connection. Read more...
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Build-A-Bear® Launches One-for-One Hugs N' Hope™ Bear to Help Provide Furry Friends to Children in Need

To further the company's mission to add a little more heart to life, Build-A-Bear® and Build-A-Bear Foundation™ today announced the launch of Hugs N' Hope™ Bear, a new teddy bear that gives Build-A-Bear fans the chance to help share comfort and hugs with children in need. Starting today, for every Hugs N' Hope Bear sold—at U.S. and U.K. Build-A-Bear Workshop stores, and at and—Build-A-Bear will donate one teddy bear to Build-A-Bear Foundation to be given to a child in need. Read more...
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Predicting Success in Assistance Dogs

What makes a successful life-changing assistance dog: brains, brawn, or behavior? A new study of thousands of Canine Companions for Independence® dogs may have some answers, identifying predictors of success in a field where the majority of dogs don’t make the cut. Read more...
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Southwest Region awards San Marcos veterinarians first-ever Health Services Award

Canine Companions for Independence national board of directors has chosen veterinarians from each of the organization’s six regions to receive the first annual Health Services Award. The Southwest Region, with a campus located in Oceanside, California, chose Dr. Thomas and Dr. Riehl of Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo in San Marcos.
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Canine Companions® is the Official Working Dog Partner for the Superpower Dogs Movie

Canine Companions for Independence is the official working dog partner for the IMAX® original film Superpower Dogs premiering on March 9. We’ll be joining the likes of Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Evans, the movie’s narrator, on the red carpet along with our Mars Petcare Partners’ Eukanuba and Whistle GPS Pet Tracker. Read more...
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Recognizing veterinary excellence and giving back

As the first and largest provider of expertly-trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities, Canine Companions has worked extensively with veterinarians to support assistance dogs and puppies at six training centers. Recently, the nonprofit granted the Health Services Award to seven veterinarians across the country who help give a dog a job by providing veterinary services to some very special dogs. Read more...

Canine Companions Announces New Board Chair

Canine Companions for Independence® welcomes John McKinney as new board chair. Read more...
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Puppies for a purpose lend a paw for those in need

The non-profit Canine Companions for Independence is looking for volunteers to help at events, raise puppies, or simply donate so they can fulfill their mission of giving a dog a job and providing independence for their community members.

Virginia Beach couple raising puppy to help someone else gain independence

Five-month-old Harpo is living with his Canine Companions volunteer puppy raisers Susan and Whit. Next year they'll take him back to New York where he will enter professional training with the goal to become as assistance dog to a child, adult or veteran with a disability.
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Canine Companions puppy Elijah goes to Disneyland

Canine Companions puppy Elijah recently took a trip to Disneyland and it went viral on the Internet.
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Canine Companions® Puppy Raiser Is One of Alabama’s Top Youth Volunteers

Maya Harlow, of Ozark, Ala., was named a distinguished finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for her work as a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Read More

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Avocados From Mexico is a Proud Supporter of Canine Companions for Independence®

What could be better than avocados? Perhaps avocados that support the placement of expertly-trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities? Read more...
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Denver DA acquires service dog to help children and victims in court cases

Rylan, a two-year-old Labrador/golden retriever mix, is the newest member of the Denver District Attorney's Office. He is a facility dog from Canine Companions for Independence. Read More.
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Dogs who serve: how K-9's can change lives

Dogs are a part of our society. For many they bring unity and joy, but they can also do much more. People with disabilities or even those seeking comfort, turn to canines.
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Mayo Clinic's Newest Employee is Making a Big Impact

La Crosse is the first Mayo Clinic Health System campus to have a full-time, trained Facility Dog. Luna uses her 40 commands and wagging tail to help patients with their physical therapy whenever requested.
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Making Great Strides

Grant Pyle's senior year began like most top athletes who are considering scholarship options at the college level.
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Facility Dog Rita is newest member of Salt Lake City Police Department

Meet Rita. She is a 2-year-old black Labrador Golden Retriever mix from Canine Companions for Independence that is working with the Salt Lake City Police Department.
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6,000 Expertly-Trained Dogs Give the Gift of Independence

Shawn Miller is no stranger to the life-changing impact that a highly-skilled assistance dog can provide. He grew up with a Canine Companions® dog by his side to help assist with his Muscular Dystrophy. When his first assistance dog retired, Shawn was partnered with Service Dog Melissa. This new match is Canine Companions’ 6,000th graduate team. Read more...
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Fox News tours Canine Companions' Northeast Training Center

Dana Perino takes part in Miller Family Campus 10th anniversary celebration at our Northeast Training Center. Read more...
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PenFed Foundation Donates $50,000 to Help Launch Canine Companions for Independence® Veterans Initiative PTSD Program

PenFed Foundation presented Canine Companions for Independence® with a $50,000 donation to support the launch of Canine Companions’ PTSD program that will change the lives of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the Northeast region. Read more...
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Leading Assistance Dog Organization Expands Services for Veterans

With 4.2 million military veterans facing a combat-related disability, nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence® is increasing the depth of their services for veterans through expertly-trained assistance dogs. Read more...

Drybar Founders Announce Their Next Wellness Concept, Squeeze

The blowout success of Drybar—some 100 locations opened in the decade--has made "the Drybar of" a shorthand for business ventures. Now, Drybar founders Alli Webb and her brother Michael Landau are setting their entrepreneurial sights on disrupting another beauty and wellness fixture: massage. Read more...
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What Makes A Good Working Dog? Canine 'Aptitude Test' Might Offer Clues

Testing dogs' cognitive abilities might help predict which dogs will be most successful in various working roles, according to new research by Evan MacLean, director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center.
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Canine Companions® Announces Winner of 2018 Volunteer of the Year

Canine Companions for Independence® (Canine Companions) honored Florida resident Cathy Fischer with the 2018 Jack Warnock Volunteer Award for her outstanding volunteer service assisting people with disabilities. The Jack Warnock Award is the highest honor bestowed on a volunteer who has made a significant impact to the organization.
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Houston Astros First Pitch

Canine Companions for Independence graduate team Edgar with Service Dog Chase make the first pitch at an Astros baseball game.
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Canine Companions celebrates International Assistance Dog Week

Canine Companions for Independence graduate team Chelsey with Service Dog Pablo and volunteer puppy raiser Julie share their stories and hope to spread the word about Canine Companions in West Texas.
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Service dogs get red carpet treatment at Bush Intercontinental

Houston-area Canine Companions for Independence graduates and volunteer puppy raisers visited Bush Intercontinental Airport to learn more about the process of traveling with an assistance dog.
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How these amazing dogs are changing lives in North Texas

Since bringing her home as a puppy, Cory Coons is seldom away from his yellow lab Jubilee. He takes her to work, they play fetch, and he has used the time to teach her nearly 30 commands.
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Duke University's 'puppy kindergarten' will help raise assistance dogs

Anyone who has ever witnessed a dog delightfully roll around in a pile of stink knows that the canine brain operates a little differently than ours. But Brian Hare, the man who persuaded Duke University to open a center devoted to dog psychology, understands what goes on between those furry, floppy ears better than just about any human — which is why he’s now working with Canine Companions for Independence on “Puppy Kindergarten.”
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Executive Director Named at Southeast Region

The Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence is pleased to announce that Cathy Gooden has been appointed its executive director.
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365 Days of Puppies!

Santa Rosa, California—The 2019 Canine Companions puppy calendar is chock full of squishy puppy faces and lots of over-the-top cuteness. The puppies featured in the calendar have a very important purpose—they are on their way to becoming life-changing assistance dogs for a child, veteran or adult with a disability. Learn more...
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Canine Companions for Independence and Chipotle Mexican Grill team up in Southern California to Cause an Effect

Canine Companions for Independence and Chipotle Mexican Grill are teaming up in Southern California to Cause an Effect on Saturday, September 15. Read more
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22nd Annual Tales & Tails Gala - It’s the Great Gala Charlie Brown

The entire Peanuts gang invites you to the 22nd Annual Tales & Tails Gala on Saturday, October 6 at the Rosen Shingle Creek
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Haute Dog | LA Howl-oween Disco Doggie Fashion Show to benefit Canine Companions for Independence Featuring John O’Hurley, Paul Shaffer, Laraine Newman and more

Join Canine Companions for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, disco music, silent auction, live auction, stories from assistance dog recipients, an after party to meet the celebrities and much more fun as the dogs take over the catwalk! Read more.
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ABC Fine Wine & Spirits and Tito’s Handmade Vodka Support Canine Companions

Through October 14, Tito's Handmade Vodka, the "Vodka for Dog People" will donate $1 for every bottle of vodka (1.75L and 750ml bottles) sold in ABC Fine Wine & Spirits stores throughout the state of Florida. (up to $20,000.) Your purchase will transform lives and will provide joy, love, independence, and laughter to the people served by Canine Companions.
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Canine Companions for Independence hosts DogFest San Diego

Canine Companions for Independence hosted the 5th annual DogFest San Diego on Sunday, September 9 at NTC Park in Liberty Station. Read more here.
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Canine Companions® Names Paige Mazzoni as New CEO

Canine Companions for Independence®, the non-profit that matches people with disabilities with expertly-trained assistance dogs, has appointed a new chief executive officer, Paige Mazzoni. Read more...

Littler and Canine Companions for Independence Announce Strategic Partnership

Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, and Canine Companions for Independence®, a non-profit organization that provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities at no charge, are pleased to announce the formation of a strategic partnership. Read more...

Build-A-Bear® Kicks Off 2018 Partnership With Canine Companions For Independence® & Fundraising Campaign To Provide Service Dogs To Kids In Need

Interactive retailer will donate $1 for every Promise Pets™ furry friend made in stores today through August 8, 2018
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Do you "speak" dog?

Put your dog communication skills to the test with a fun quiz by Canine Companions®
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HAUTE DOG | COLUMBUS was a trend setting evening to remember!
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First Texas Facility Dog to Serve Adults with Special Needs

Facility Dog Yoshi joins Daymark Living to become Texas' first Canine Companions facility dog to serve a community for adults with special needs.
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A Furry Graduation Day in Medford

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Franklin Square Couple Raise Puppies for People with Disabilities

Franklin Square residents Florence and John Scarinci love dogs. Not just any dogs, though. They are particularly fond of service dogs.
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Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Welcomes Four-Legged Team Member

Canine Companions for Independence facility dog becomes second dog at a Baylor Scott & White Health facility and the first to join a Texas children’s hospital
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Sutter Health Facility Dogs

Sutter Health donates $25,000 and launches facility dog video campaign. Read more...

Tortorella moved to tears by story of U.S. Army veteran's recovery

Josh Sommers survived ambush overseas, honored on Military Appreciation Night Read more...
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Shake Shack and The B-52s Support Canine Companions

$2 from every Love Shack Shake will benefit Canine Companions for Independence® Read more...
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Canine Companions for Independence® Responds to Delta’s Recent Service and Support Animal Policy

Canine Companions has reviewed Delta Airlines’ new policies for travelers with emotional support and service animals and appreciates the intent behind Delta’s revised regulations. Unfortunately, there are several elements of Delta’s new policies that are not in line with the Air Carriers Access Act (ACAA) Read more...

PenFed Credit Union Announces Plans to Raise Assistance Dog through Canine Companions for Independence

PenFed, the nation's second largest federal credit union, has announced plans to raise an assistance dog through Canine Companions for Independence Read more...
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August 2018 eNews

U.S. Army veteran Chrissy first found out about Canine Companions for Independence at age 10 when her aunt was partnered with a Canine Companions® assistance dog to help with multiple sclerosis. When Chrissy experienced a debilitating back injury while serving in the military, she knew she would turn to Canine Companions for her own assistance dog. But first she wanted to tackle the challenge of relearning how to walk. Read more...
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April 2018 eNews

The first time Trevor met a working service dog was in 2011, one year after the accident that caused his spinal injury. "Another client at the spinal cord injury recovery program I was attending had a Canine Companions® service dog," recalls Trevor. "Once I saw what these dogs were able to do for someone with a disability, I knew I had to apply." Read more...
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February 2019 eNews

They met on a blind date over lunch, matched by a friend and Canine Companions® puppy raiser who, on a hunch, played Cupid. Both Frank and Emily have spinal disorders and use wheelchairs. Separately, they had been paired with service dogs from Canine Companions. Read more...
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June 2018 eNews

Veterans, like Marv who was matched with Service Dog Yara, have experienced more independence in their lives thanks to their Canine Companions® assistance dog. “Yara is probably the main reason I’m here today,” says Marv. Read more...
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January 2018 eNews

The newest addition at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation Grapevine-Lancaster is bringing patients a unique form of treatment — the love of a dog. Read more...
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March 2019 eNews

“My whole world opened up when I received my first Canine Companions® assistance dog, Marcie, in 2004,” explains Amanda. Click here to read more about Amanda's life with Canine Companions assistance dogs by her side.
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January 2019 eNews

Shawn is no stranger to the life-changing impact a highly-skilled assistance dog can provide. At age 6, Shawn was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive muscle disease and he has since grown up with a Canine Companions® dog by his side. Read more...
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July 2018 eNews

Sergeant Stefan LeRoy lost both of his legs in Afghanistan while trying to carry an injured platoon member to safety. “I knew there were more improvised explosive devices (IEDs), but that’s what you do,” says Stefan on his decision to help his injured comrade. “You do the right thing.” Read more...
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February 2018 eNews

On a rainy day in 1995, Tammie was carpooling to work with neighbors when their vehicle hydroplaned and flipped multiple times. "I remember waking up sideways in the passenger seat, but I couldn’t move to get out of the car," recalls Tammie. Read more...
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December 2018 eNews

Jack is 10-years-old and has cerebral palsy. Last summer, Jack was matched with Canine Companions® assistance dog Drake, and his life has been deeply impacted. Read more...
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September 2018 eNews

Earlier this month, Canine Companions for Independence welcomed Paige Mazzoni as our new CEO. Paige comes to our organization with over 25 years of professional experience, concentrated in corporate strategy and management, strategic initiative development and marketing implementation. We are thrilled she is here and look forward to the greater ability to serve more clients with her vision and leadership. Read more...
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October 2018 eNews

Dr. Cara Miller has a very persistent alarm clock. It doesn’t have a snooze setting, and it often comes with a couple of whiskery kisses. Cara’s alarm clock is named Turf, and he’s a black Labrador and an expertly-trained hearing dog from Canine Companions for Independence. Read more...
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November 2018 eNews

Life changed for Chelsey in 2010 when she contracted a bacterial infection after tubing on the Comal River, which led to a bilateral below-knee amputation. Read more...
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May 2018 eNews

"Being at Canine Companions® and with the dogs, Sheridan spontaneously looked at me and said, ‘I love you, Mama,’” recalls Lisa, Sheridan's mom, tearfully. “It was the first time I’d heard him say that in almost three years. Read more...
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March 2018 eNews

Canine Companions® partner Sutter Health in Northern California recently launched a social media campaign highlighting their Canine Companions facility dogs. Nine facility dogs work in a multitude of settings throughout the Sutter Health network, including hospitals and physical therapy units. These assistance dogs help motivate and comfort patients while encouraging healing and recovery. Read more...
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Changing Tax Codes Impact Assistance Dog Services for People with Disabilities

Big changes are coming for the 2018 tax year after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, and it may be impacting those organizations that need charitable gifts most—those charities like Canine Companions for Independence® that provide life-changing assistance dogs to children, veterans and adults with disabilities entirely free of charge. Read more...

Making the Most of the Holidays With an Assistance Dog

During the holiday season, even the best-laid plans can devolve into an improv routine. For assistance dog users, that routine can get a whole lot hairier — pun intended. Take a look at these tips from assistance dog organization Canine Companions for Independence® to help the season be about friends and family rather than focusing on the added stresses of traveling with a disability and an assistance dog. Read more...
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Why Are These Puppies Doing Time In Prison?

They arrive from Canine Companions for Independence® at the Hardeman County Correctional Facility in Tennessee as little yellow and black cute balls of fur full of purpose and potential, but in need of partners to help prepare them to be working assistance dogs. Read more...
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Start 2018 with 12 Months of Puppy Love

What’s better than puppy breath and sweet puppy kisses? Well not much, but how about the next best thing -- the 2018 Canine Companions for Independence® Puppy Wall Calendar. It’s 12 months of adorable canines. And these puppies have a purpose, hoping to become life-changing assistance dogs for an adult, child or veteran with a disability. Read more...
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Update on Southern California Fires

Find out the latest news on the impact of the fires on our Southwest Region. Read more...
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December 2017 eNews

Abey has a very rare condition that causes her to have low muscle tone, cognitive delays and sensory issues. She cannot communicate verbally, but has assistance dog Toby to help her. “These incredible dogs become a part of your family so fast,” says Toni, Abey’s mom. “He’s an amazing dog. The time, love and energy it took to train him really shows. He’s very special and so attentive to Abey’s needs. Sometimes, even before I can tell, he knows if something is bothering her.” Read more...
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November 2017 eNews

Steve enlisted in the Army in 2004, and his unit was sent to Iraq in early 2005. He lost a number of close friends and suffered injuries himself. “Upon returning to the U.S., my friends and family noticed I was not the same person,” explains Steve. “Instead, they found a cold, jaded and angry man where a once compassionate one stood.” Read more...

CEO Transition

Canine Companions for Independence, the leading non-profit provider of highly trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities, announces the resignation of CEO Paul Mundell as chief executive officer. Read more...
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PetSmart Charities® give $300,000 for Facility Dog Program

Facility dog provider, Canine Companions for Independence, announced its receipt of a $300,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America. Read more...
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October 2017 eNews

Kimberly is no stranger to the assistance a Canine Companions dog can provide. She received assistance dog, Lissa, when she was 13 years old. “Lissa made me more confident,” says Kimberly. “She helped me feel more comfortable talking with new people. Before I was pretty shy, but having a dog with me made me more relaxed.” Read more...
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Northern California Fire Update from our CEO

While the wildfires in the area have devastated our community, the Canine Companions Schulz Campus has been extremely fortunate to have escaped with no harm. With the fires increasingly contained, campus reopened for business on Monday, October 17, and the 99 dogs in professional training will be returning to campus today, where they will resume training. Our amazing volunteers have organized the transportation of the dogs back to campus... Read more...
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California Wildfire Update

The devastating California wildfires have not kept Canine Companions from its mission to provide a new class of students with the opportunity to attend Team Training. Read more...
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Working Dog in the Work Place

Kimberly is no stranger to the assistance a Canine Companions dog can provide. Kimberly was born with kyphoscoliosis and became paralyzed when she was a toddler because of a spinal fusion. She received assistance dog, Lissa, when she was 13 years old. “Lissa made me more confident,” says Kimberly. Read more...
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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.
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September 2017 eNews

Steve, a volunteer firefighter since 1982, has a special partner by his side and she comes with four paws and a wet nose. Hard of hearing since he was 3 years old as the result of spinal meningitis, Steve had a difficult time living independently without relying on the assistance of other people. Now, with Hearing Dog Luna V by his side, Steve can relax knowing she always has his back. Read more...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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...

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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...
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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.”


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.”
Chysler BraunAbility news story

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...

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...
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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...