Veterans

Wounded Veterans Initiative

Jeffrey AdamsCanine Companions for Independence has provided assistance dogs to US war veterans across the country. With the increase in wounded veterans who could benefit from an assistance dog, we want to do more. For a veteran making a new start putting their life back together from an injury, an assistance dog can provide the help they need to regain independence.

Because of this mission, we are thrilled to be part of PetSmart for Patriots, a joint endeavor between PetSmart and Canine Companions for Independence, in support of Canine Companions' Wounded Veterans Initiative. The partnership helps increase access to assistance dogs for the military veterans who need them.

Canine Companions was the first assistance dog organization to be accredited by Assistance Dogs International, and have provided assistance dogs to over 4000 people with disabilities.

Read stories of veterans with Canine Companions assistance dogs and watch how assistance dogs help veterans.

Are you ready for an assistance dog? Here are some traits of current veteran graduates:

  • Disabled in combat
  • Uses a manual wheelchair
  • Paraplegic or amputee
  • Full (or mostly full) mobility of both arms; good upper body strength
  • Good cognitive ability and clear speech
  • Stable home life to provide for a dog's basic needs
  • Completely fenced yard
  • Ready for the benefits of an assistance dog
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