Southeast Region

The Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence has been making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities since 1989. The Southeast Region Training Center, an 8-acre campus, opened on Independence Day, July 4, 2000, and serves the states of Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. The  campus, named in recognition of Anheuser-Busch/SeaWorld's million dollar gift, consists of four buildings with a total of 32,000 square feet. It is a state-of-the-art facility where training, education and caring come together.

Raise a Dog, Change a Life

If you are interested in becoming a puppy raiser, please call Linda Kwitchoff at 407-522-3304 for further information. Puppy classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for current puppy raisers in the Orlando area. If you are visiting Central Florida and would like to come to a puppy class on campus, please email Linda Kwitchoff to find out what time you should attend you may also download the schedule here.

Tours of the campus are given every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Click here for more information and to fill out a tour request form. Tours are not available during Team Training. School tours are offered on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 2 pm and are reserved for school groups only.


Presentations are offered for schools, civic groups, and meetings.

We love to share our story.  Please check out the presentation page for more information and to submit your request for a guest speaker from our organization.

Upcoming Events

2016 Locations (more to come)
Fort Lauderdale - February 20
Panama City - April 16

Vist for more information

20th Annual Tales & Tails Gala * Saturday, October 1st

Thank you to everyone who made the 2015 Tales & Tails Gala such a success! Over 600 guests gathered together to celebrate our achievements and support our mission. More than $375,000 was raised to benefit the adults, veterans and children with disabilities that we serve. We are honored to have been shown so much love and support in just one night. We hope you can join us next year as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of this event.!


Please view additional events on our Events & Workshops page

Ways to Help

Wish List
Canine Companions depends on the generosity of our friends as we strive to provide highly trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities – free of charge. We have identified some in-kind items that can help us carry out our mission. Your caring gift is guaranteed to make a difference. Check out our current wish list.

Tribute Wall
Three little words with a big impact - Caring, Sharing and Service! Learn more about our Tribute Wall.

Southeast Region Staff
Southeast Region Executive Director Cathy Benson
For information about making a donation to Canine Companions please contact Jeanne Cooley
For media inquiries please contact Martha Johnson
For information about applying for a dog click here
If you have additional questions about the application process to get a dog please contact Melinda Sowers


8150 Clarcona Ocoee Road Orlando, FL 32818 Office: 407-522-3300 Fax: 407-522-3347

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