Canine Companions for Independence Southwest Region

The Southwest Region has been making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities since 1986, serving the states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Hawaii. The Dean, Gerda and Trixie Koontz Campus is in Oceanside, California and offers regular tours.
Volunteers form the backbone of our organization. Puppy raisers care for future Canine Companions assistance dogs for the first year and a half of their lives. Other Canine Companions volunteers help with special events, office duties, grounds maintenance, and more. There are Champions volunteer chapters throughout the region. We also maintain a satellite office in Colorado. Contact the chapter nearest you to see how you can get involved. You can also support the Southwest Region by visiting our campus gift shop or purchasing a tile in our beautiful Tribute Garden.
For more information, call us or take a tour of our Oceanside facility! Click here for a map. You may also choose to request a presentation by a Canine Companions representative for your group, organization or company. 

Mailing address: PO Box 4568, Oceanside, CA 92052
Phone: (760) 901-4300
Toll Free:  (800) 572-BARK (2275)
Fax: (760) 901-4350

Executive Director
Barbara Barrow

 Senior Director of Development
Margaret Sluyk

Program Manager
Simi Balter

Development Director,
Donor & Corporate Engagement
Roxane Helstrom

Puppy Program Manager
Becky Hein

Volunteer Coordinator
Gwen Seah






Southwest Region Board of Directors:
Kim Haydel, President, Santa Ana, CA
Sondra Thiederman, PhD, Vice President, San Diego, CA
Paul Abramowitz, Encino, CA
Bill Bauce, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Robert Cartin, DVM, Oceanside, CA
Tim Gackstetter, San Diego, CA
Glen Gregos, Woodland Hills, CA
Leslie Hennessy, PhD, Colorado Springs, CO
Tom Hollenstein, Canoga Park, CA
Jack Peluso, San Diego, CA
Bob Street, Colorado Springs, CO
Mark Ward, Poway, CA
Margaret "Pegge" Wilson, Coronado, CA

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