Southeast Region


The Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence was founded in 1989 in Orlando, Florida. The Southeast Regional Center opened on Independence Day, July 4, 2000, and serves the 8 states of Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.

The 8-acre Anheuser-Busch/SeaWorld campus, named in recognition of the company’s $1,000,000 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.

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

Fax: 407-522-3347

Volunteer puppy raisers  are in high demand right now. If you, or someone you know, may be interested in this highly rewarding volunteer position, please call  LeAnn Siefferman at 407-522-3304 for further information.

Puppy classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for current puppy raisers in the Orlando area. See the 2015 Class Schedule and Roster here. NOTE: "The Puppy Class Roster is for the use of puppy raisers in Central Florida who are regulars to the classes.  If you are visiting Central Florida and would like to come to a puppy class on campus, please email LeAnn at to find out what time you should attend."

Tours of the campus are given every Tuesday at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm. Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance. Click here for more information and to fill out a tour request form
Due to Team Training tours are not available between August 4 - August 15, 2014

School Tours are offered on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 2:00 PM and are reserved for school groups only. Please contact us directly for more information or fill out the tour form to reserve your place.

Presentations are offered for schools, civic groups, and meetings, Please check out the presentation page for more information and to submit your request. Please allow four weeks before your scheduled meeting date to allow us time to find a presenter in your area

Information Regarding the Released Dog Program - Updated November 2014
Due to an extended wait list we are currently not accepting new applications for dogs released from our professional training program. Please read more details about our decision here

Upcoming Events   


DogFest Walk 'N Roll
Grab a leash and get ready to have a tail-waggin' good time.

2015 Locations
Panama City - March 7
Atlanta - September
October - Nashville
October - Tampa
November - Jacksonville
November - Orlando  

Vist for more information. 

 Save the Date for the
2015 Tales & Tails Gala 
Saturday, October 10 

Thanks to our sponsors, gala committee members and Blue Sky Riders for making our 2014 event a success. Please visit the event web site to see a list of sponsors. 

Ways to Help

Wish List
Check out our Ways to Help page for the Southeast Region's current wish list and naming opportunities!

Tribute Wall
Three little words with a big impact.
Caring, Sharing and Service!
Check out our Tribute Wall


Southeast Region Executive Director

Cathy Benson

 Southeast Region Staff

For information about donating to Canine Companions please contact Cathy Rodgers
For media inquiries please contact Martha Johnson
For information about applying for a dog click here
If you have more questions about the application process to get a dog please contact Melinda Sowers

407 522-3300

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