Canine Companions for Independence has experienced tremendous growth thanks to the dedicated support of thousands. Canine Companions is now the largest assistance dog organization in the world, and will continue to be the leader in providing exceptional dogs for exceptional people for generations to come.

Amanda and Marcie 2005 to the present
  • 2014-Construction begins on South Central Region’s new Baylor Scott & White Health Kinkeade Campus

  • 2014- First teams graduated from South Central Region

  • 2013-National signature event DogFest Walk 'n Roll launched

  • 2013-Canine Companions marches in the Presidential Inaugural Parade

  • 2012-4000th Graduate team placed

  • 2010-3500th Graduate team placed

  • 2008-3,000th Graduate team placed

  • 2008-Miller Family Campus Northeast Training Center opened in Medfor, NY

  • 2008-First Iraq War veteran team placement through Wounded Veterans Initiative

  • 2007-Wounded Veteran Initiative started

Adult CCI Assistance Dog 1995-2005
  • 2004-First criminal justice dog placed, ‘Ellie’ was the first dog to be placed in a court setting in the US.

  • 2003-2000th Graduate Team Placement

  • 2001-Southwest Regional Training Center rededicated as Dean, Gerda and Trixie Koontz Campus

  • 2000-Anheuser-Busch/SeaWorld Southeast Training Center opened in Orlando, FL

  • 1996-The Jean and Charles Schulz National and Northwest Training Center opened in Santa Rosa, CA

  • 1996-The Dean and Gerda Koontz Southwest Training Center opened in Oceanside, CA

  • 1996-First Canine Companions prison puppy raising programs started

  • 1995-1000th Graduate Team placement

  • 1995-First teams graduated from Southeast Region

Puppies 1985-1995 Graphic
  • 1994-Canine Companions started administering the ADI Public Access Test for graduate teams

  • 1993-First Skilled Companion Dog Everett placed

  • 1992-Colorado satellite office opened

  • 1992-Formal graduate follow-up program started

  • 1991-First Facility Dog Quixote placed

  • 1990-North Central Training Center opened in Delaware, OH

  • 1990-First teams graduated from Northeast Region

  • 1989-Original Northeast Training Center opened in Farmingdale, New York

  • 1987-Assistance Dogs International (ADI) established, Canine Companions founding member

  • 1987-First teams graduated from Southwest Region

  • 1987-First teams graduated from North Central Region

Newborn Puppy 1975-1985 graphic
  • 1984-100th Graduate team placed

  • 1981-First Hearing Dog Skippy placed

  • 1976-First Service Dog Abdul placed

  • 1975-National breeding program started

  • 1975-Canine Companions for Independence founded in Santa Rosa, CA

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