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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...
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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...
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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...

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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.”

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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...
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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...