Regional News

Canine Companions for Independence is excited to share its mission with as many people as possible.  In this section you can learn more about our organization, see some of our latest stories in the media and ready our recent newsletter.

For media inquires or for more information please contact John Bentzinger, Public Relations Coordinator at 631-561-0205 or by e-mail at

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Recent Headlines:

Canine Companions Released Dog Rico IV on WPIX-TV

Successor Graduate Morgan Earle and Hadden in the Chatham (NJ) Courier

New Puppy Raisers the Geier family, Lauren & Pandy in the Potomac Connection!

New Puppy Raisers the Kempf family and Vader in the Cazenovia Republican

Aug. Graduation Coverage on CBS2 NY

9/11 First Responder and former FDNY firefighter Tom Prin and new assistance dog Halona in the NY Daily News

New Service Team graduate Tucker Winfrey and Farrah in the Herndon Connection

Southold Local-  Group makes CCI donation in honor of Grad Jared Baer's mother, Heidi

Another great story with Skilled Companion grad Grant Weiss and Natchez in the Essex News Daily

Skilled Companion Graduate Grant Weiss and Natchez in the Maplewood Village Green

New Puppy Raiser Ron Angus in the Montville, NJ TAP-

Skilled Companion Graduate Jared Behr and Zuko in the Suffolk Times

Skilled Companion Graduate Gabe Barone and Aaron in the NJ 7 Mile Times (p.148)

New puppy raiser's the Kempf family with Vader in the Oneida (ME) Dispatch

Skilled Companion Graduate Emma White and Lovisa in the Delaware (PA) County Times

Successor Graduate Ryan Jones and Gilbert in the Virginian Pilot!

Nice story and video with Ayla Cadwell and Dax in the Greenfield (MA) Recorder

Released Dog Norm and Puppy Raiser Linda Herskowitz with Carolyn Gusoff on CBS2 NY

NER puppy raiser Anthony Kozberg and Hera with grad team Max Gold and Lakota live interview on Little Things!

Fox 5 NY: Capt. Kip Johannesen and Liberty give free boat rides to people with disabilities

Inside Northern Virginia:  Puppy Raisers Emily Fernan and Dax with Graduate Ayla Cadwell

Maryland's First Facility Dog:  Lynn Davis and Hodge in the Frederick News Post

Ms. Wheelchair NY Emily Sciarretta in the Long Island Pulse Magazine

Successor Graduate Beth Detata and Levin in the NJ Brick Times

Puppy Raisers Keitha & Stuart Lackey and Gilbert in the NJ Asbury Park Press

Puppy Raiser Marietta Hanigan and Cecily of Haddonfield Friends School in the Haddonfield Sun

Facility Team Katie Miller and Ryder are Northern Virginians of the Year

New Companion Dog Helps Those at Strafford County's Nursing Home
New Hampshire Union Leader
New facility graduate Kristi Hughes and Addie are making a difference for the dementia patients at Riverside Rest Home. 

May Team Training Class Graduate Tucker Winfrey and Farrah
Little Things
Chronicling one students journey from Team Training to graduation. 

Puppy Love
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughter
Read what great work facility dog, Saralee is doing at the child life department of the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughter. 

Ringo is a Hero Dog (raised here in NER by Lauren and Eric Ferrailoli)
Dog lovers are invited to watch the Hero Tails series, narrated by TV host, musician and philanthropist Nick Cannon. 

Haddonfield Kids Learn From Canine Classmate
New Jersey Courier-Post
See how teacher Marietta Hanigan is using her puppy-in-training Yosemite in the classroom at the Haddonfield Friends School. 

Puppy Love for Dean and the Disabled
Middleburg Life
The story of puppy raiser Joan Symansky and her puppy-in-training Dean. 

Volunteers Raising Future Service Dog
Fox 5 New York
A great story featuring New York City puppy raisers and graduate team. 

University Student Center Honor Outstanding Efforts On Campus
University of Delaware
University of Delaware's puppy raising club receives two awards for outstanding efforts on campus. 

Canine Companions Providing Service Some Can't Live Without
WFMZ-TV 69 News
Volunteers from the newly formed Lehigh Valley volunteer chapter participated in an awareness event for Canine Companions for Independence. 

Puppies Training to be Assistance Dogs Steal the Show in Allentown
Lehigh Valley Live
Another great story about the volunteers of the Lehigh Valley volunteer chapter. 

Assistance Dogs, New Owners With Special Needs Graduates After Completing 2-Week Program
Fios 1
Take an inside peek at the graduation ceremony from May, 2016. 

Service Dog Helps Local Girl Overcome Obstacles
News 10
See how Dewey enhances the life of 21-year-old Morgan McCarthy. 

The Stories of our Four-Legged Heroes
Boomer Magazine
Two Canine Companions graduates from Virginia shar how their assistance dogs have changed their lives. 

York Family Raising Puppy
Seacoast Online
New puppy raising family from York, Maine. 

Buzzfeed: What It's Like Being a Service Dog In Training
Ever wonder what an assistance dog in training thinks during its training? 

Going From Puppy to Professional
Daily News-Record
19-year-old James Madison University student talks about her experience raising puppy Jenner. 

Acworth Woman Touches Lives Through Service Dog Training
Eagle Times
Puppy raiser Sarah Vogel has raised over 10 puppies for Canine Companions for Independence. 

Falls Church Resident Erin Scranton Raises Assistance Dogs
A story about the experience of puppy raiser Erin Scranton. 

One of Life's Moments - The Puppy Raiser
Chesapeake Style Magazine
Bryna Brennan and Eliot Levinson are reaching the end of raising their first puppy. 


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