History

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
  • 2013-National Signature Event, DogFest Walk 'n Roll, launched

  • 2013-Canine Companions marched in Presidential Parade

  • 2012-4000th Graduate Team placement

  • 2012-Seasame Street launches new service dog muppet, based on Canine Companions service dog

  • 2010-Canine Companions celebrates 35 years of independence

  • 2008-Grand Opening Northeast Miller Family Campus Regional Training Center

  • 2008-First Iraq war veteran team placement

  • 2008-3000th Graduate Team placement

  • 2007-Southwest Regional Center rededicated as the Dean, Gerda and Trixie Koontz Campus

     
Adult CCI Assistance Dog 1995-2005
  • 2003-2000th Graduate Team Placement

  • July 2001-Grand Opening Dean and Gerda Koontz Campus Southwest Regional Training Center

  • July 4, 2000-Grand Opening Anheuser Busch/SeaWorld Campus Southeast Regional Training Center

  • 1998-Grand Opening Colorado Satellite Office

  • 1996-Southwest Regional Center dedicated as the Dean and Gerda Koontz Campus

  • 1996-Prison Puppy Raising Program Began

  • May 1996-Grand Opening Jean and Charles Schulz Campus Northwest Regional Training Center

  • 1995-1000th Graduate Team placement

     
Puppies 1985-1995 Graphic
  • Spring 1993-Canine Companions Heritage Society formed

  • Fall 1992-Graduate Follow Up Program begins

  • 1990-Corey Hudson named Canine Companions CEO

  • Spring 1990-Abdul, first Canine Companions Service Dog retired

  • October 1989-Northeast Regional Training Facility Opens

  • December 1988-Southeast Region Established

  • Summer 1987-North Central Regional  Training Center opened

  • 1987-Southwest Regional Training Center opened

     
Newborn Puppy 1975-1985 graphic
  • 1975-Canine Companions founded in Santa Rosa, CA.
  • June 1976-First Service Dog Abdul placed
  • Summer 1984-100th Graduate Team Placement
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