News Archives

January 15, 2015 | New North Central Executive Director
Canine Companions for Independence®, is pleased to announce Megan Koester as the North Central Region’s executive director. more...


December 5, 2014 | Canine Companions for Independence Announces New Board Leadership
Philanthropist and Entrepreneur John Miller Named Chair more...


November 10, 2014 | PetSmart Launches Yellow Ribbon Grooming Stencil to Honor US Military
$1 from the sale of each Pet Expressions yellow ribbon stencil goes toward Canine Companions for Independence and its Wounded Veterans Initiative more...


November 6, 2014 | Canine Companions for Independence Selects Paul Mundell as CEO
 Assistance Dog Non-Profit Poised for Growth in its 40th Year more...


October 14, 2014 | Leading Assistance Dogs International
Assistance Dogs International, a coalition of non-profit assistance dog organizations, announced a new president for its North American group. more...


October 14, 2014 | Pledge to Stop Service Dog Fraud
Help Non-profit Canine Companions for Independence Take Action During International Assistance Dog Week more...


September 19, 2014 | Boy’s Wish Granted
Make-A-Wish Idaho and Canine Companions for Independence team up to provide a special dog more...


September 12, 2014 | New PTSD Service and Emotional Support Dog Study Underway
Canine Companions for Independence partners with Veteran Administration on study to provide service and emotional support dogs for Veterans with PTSD more...


September 7, 2014 | Baylor Scott & White Health to Build Canine Companions for Independence Training Center in Texas
Largest provider of highly trained assistance dogs expands to North Texas; First collaboration with a health care system more...


August 15, 2014 | Canine Companions for Independence Receives More Than $125,000 from PetSmart for Wounded Veterans Initiative
PetSmart for Patriots helps partner assistance dogs with wounded military veterans more...


August 4, 2014 | International Assistance Dog Week
This year International Assistance Dog Week is August 3-9, 2014. Get some great ideas on how to spread the word. more...


July 14, 2014 | Canine Companions Volunteers at the 2014 Special Olympics!
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June 16, 2014 | Canine Companions and Prudential Financial Team Up at 2014 Special Olympics!
Canine Companions and Prudential Financial join thousands of volunteers as they support athletes at games beginning June 16th in Mercer County, New Jersey. more...


June 13, 2014 | Helping a Lost Pup Return Home
To help ensure the safety of our dogs, Canine Companions will now be microchipping puppies prior to placement with puppy raisers. more...


June 13, 2014 | Lions Project Welcomes a New President
Lion Jim Purton will become the new president of Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence on July 1, 2014. more...


June 12, 2014 | Canine Companions and PetSmart for Patriots Partnership Makes Strides
PetSmart for Patriots is a joint endeavor between PetSmart and Canine Companions for Independence, in support of Canine Companions Wounded Veterans Initiative to help partner assistance dogs with the military veterans who need them. more...


May 19, 2014 | PetSmart Launches Special Patriotic Services to Honor America’s Military
$1 from each patriotic service sale will benefit Canine Companions for Independence Wounded Veterans Initiative more...


April 29, 2014 | Canine Companions and PetSmart for Patriots Come to Capitol Hill
Members of Congress, Veterans and PetSmart Leadership Hold Rally to Highlight the Importance of Service Dogs more...


April 15, 2014 | NASCAR Driver Brodie Kostecki Supporting Canine Companions Auto Show
16-Year-Old NASCAR Driver Brodie Kostecki Supporting Canine Companions at NY International Auto Show more...


April 14, 2014 | Heather Ohmart: Jack Warnock Volunteer Service Award Winner

Volunteer Helps Prison Raise 100th Puppy for Canine Companions for Independence

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March 24, 2014 | New PetSmart Partnership Helps Wounded Warriors
Local Assistance Dog Training Center Receives $5,000 Charitable Gift from PetSmart, Inc. more...


March 21, 2014 | Canine Companions for Independence® Prepares for Leadership Transition
Corey Hudson, chief executive officer, announces his retirement more...


August 7, 2013 | The Sale of Fake Service Dog Products Needs to Stop
Help Non-profit Canine Companions for Independence Take Action During International Assistance Dog Week more...


February 24, 2014 | PetSmart for Patriots Kicks Off!
New partnership between PetSmart and Canine Companions for Independence helps wounded military veterans more...


February 11, 2014 | Canine Companions Wounded Veterans Initiative receives $27,000
ADESA auction at NADA convention raises $27,000 for Canine Companions Wounded Veterans Initiative and the NADA Foundation’s Frank E. McCarthy Memorial Fund contributes a $10,000 grant. more...


January 22, 2014 | Kennel Health Conference
Canine Companions for Independence and Guide Dogs for the Blind host a Kennel Health Conference more...


November 18, 2013 | The Effects of Fraudulent Service Dogs featured on CBS Evening News
CBS Evening News talks with Canine Companions for Independence about the problems that are caused when people fraudulently pose their pets as service dogs. more...


November 17, 2013 | Going Undercover with a Fake Service Dog

CBS Chicago goes undercover to show the ease of purchasing and using fake service dog equipment.

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November 18, 2013 | Support Canine Companions with your Amazon purchases
A new program through Amazon will benefit Canine Companions for Independence. more...


November 1, 2013 | Flight School for Dogs
Canine Companion puppies get the opportunity to practice flight without leaving the ground. more...


August 2, 2013 | 15-Year-Old NASCAR Driver Helps Provide Assistance Dogs
Non-profit Canine Companions for Independence Teams with Arcoplate Racing more...


July 11, 2013 | International Assistance Dog Week August 4-11
Help Canine Companions Spread the Word on the Benefits of Assistance Dogs more...


July 3, 2013 | swackett's Dog Walking Index Brings Awareness to Canine Companions

Canine Companions partners with swackett's dog walking index app

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June 12, 2013 | Executive Director Named at Northwest Region
Canine Companions for Independence is pleased to welcome its new Northwest Region Executive Director, Nicole Mouton. more...


May 27, 2013 | Director of Canine Programs Interviewed on Diane Rehm Show
Canine Companions’ Director of Canine Programs, Paul Mundell, was interviewed on the Diane Rehm show earlier this month. more...


May 2, 2013 | Trained Facility Dog Visits Victims Injured in Boston Bombings
Canine Companions for Independence assistance dog Wena received an emotional greeting from a six-year-old boy who is recovering from his injuries at Boston Medical Center. more...


April 16, 2013 | Assistance Dog Topper brings Boy with Autism to the Top of His Game
With Topper next to him, Sawyer can sleep through the night. more...


April 16, 2013 | Canine Companions Graduate Gives Back
Graduate Lance Weir, receives the Jack Warnock Award, Canine Companions' highest volunteer service award. more...


February 6, 2013 | Executive Director Named at Southeast Region
This week marks a monumental transition at the Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) as it welcomes a new leader. more...


January 15, 2013 | First Service Dog Organization Salutes First Family
On Monday, January 21st, Canine Companions for Independence marched in the 57th Inaugural Parade. more...


January 15, 2013 | Calling All Pet Lovers!
If you love pets, and you love the Wheel of Fortune, the week of February 18 is the time for you to watch. more...


December 20, 2012 | Ringing of the NYSE Opening Bell with P&G PetCare
Initial Puppy Offering (IPO) Introduced On Wall Street more...


November 21, 2012 | Move Over Black Friday and Cyber Monday—It’s Giving Tuesday!

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two days for getting deals. This year Canine Companions is participating in Giving Tuesday—Tuesday, November 27, 2012—the giving season’s opening day!

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November 11, 2012 | Canine Companions Places 4000th Assistance Dog Team
November 9th graduation ceremony marks milestone in the assistance dog industry. more...


November 5, 2012 | National Graduation Day
Canine Companions for Independence announces 2012 graduation ceremony dates for all five training centers more...


October 29, 2012 | Northeast Training Center Weather Closure
Update on Hurricane Sandy and the Northeast Training Center
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October 2, 2012 | Wall Street Journal Article Featuring Canine Companions Pups
The Science of Breeding Assistance Dogs
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September 18, 2012 | Sesame Street Episode Launches New Service Dog Muppet
Don't Miss Sesame Street Episode 43, featuring Canine Companions dog Hercules. more...


August 30, 2012 | Canine Companions and Prudential Form National Partnership
Prudential Group Insurance and Canine Companions for Independence Forge
Strategic Partnership.
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August 14, 2012 | Canine Companions 2014 Graduations
Canine Companions for Independence announces graduation ceremony dates for all five training centers more...


July 19, 2012 | Canine Companions Hearing Dog Tatiana II Wins Hero Dog Award

Tatiana II wins American Human Association Hero Dog Award in the category of hearing.

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May 18, 2012 | Newsday Article on Wounded Veteran's New Service Dog
Wounded Veteran John Receives Canine Companions Service Dog Nasar more...


May 18, 2012 | Veteran and his New Service Dog on CBS
Retired Army Captain receives Service Dog Liz through Canine Companions Wounded Veteran Initiative more...


May 10, 2012 | Wounded Veteran Initiative Featured on Fox
Wounded Veteran receives Service Dog Chesney to help ease his pain and increase independence. more...


April 13, 2012 | Red Sox Announce Canine Companions as part of "100 Acts of Kindness"
Eukanuba Dog Foods Joins Red Sox to Help Raise Funds for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and Canine Companions for Independence® more...


February 23, 2012 | Charity Navigator Rates Canine Companions 4 Stars
Coveted Four-Star Ranking for sound fiscal management awarded to Canine Companions.
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December 14, 2011 | New Year, New Graduations
Canine Companions for Independence announces 2012 graduation ceremony dates for all five training centers more...


November 30, 2011 | Vineyard Vines Limited Time Offer
Support Canine Companions assistance dogs and save 10% off your Vineyard Vines order.
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October 17, 2011 | Vote for Canine Companions in the Orvis Contest
Canine Companions up to win a $35,000 matching grant from Orvis with your help! more...


October 7, 2011 | DogFest Featuring Snoopy® Events Happening Across the Country!
Canine Companions Board Member Jean Schulz Interviewed for DogFest Featuring Snoopy® and Friends Events in October more...


August 11, 2011 | Canine Companions Dog Finalist for the National Hero Dog Award
Vote for Service Dog Zurich in the finals for the national Hero Dog Award. more...


July 19, 2011 | International Assistance Dog Week August 7-13
Help Canine Companions Spread the Word on the Benefits of Assistance Dogs more...


July 1, 2011 | 252 (dog) Years Old
First Assistance Dog Nonprofit Celebrates 36 Years of Independence more...


April 5, 2011 | Search for America's Top Dog
Canine Companions joins the search for America's top dog! American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards™ Kick Off in Hollywood. more...


April 5, 2011 | Update on Return of CCI Assistance Dog
The Canine Companions for Independence National Board Chair and a committee of the Board has upheld the staff decision to ask for the return of an assistance dog back to Canine Companions. more...


February 22, 2011 | Kunde Winery Event Supports Canine Companions
Kunde Winery Eco-Tour Dog Hike supports Canine Companions more...


February 22, 2011 | Update Regarding Return of Dog
Statement by Canine Companions for Independence regarding dog returned more...


February 17, 2011 | National Geographic Wild Features Canine Companions

Canine Companions a part of National Geographic television series on working dogs

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February 22, 2011 | Northern California Wine Country Barrel Tasting Event
Canine Companions participates in barrel tasting weekend more...


February 2, 2011 | Statement Regarding Return of Dog
Statement by Canine Companions for Independence in response to story on KSL-TV Utah more...


December 2, 2010 | Stars Come Out for Assistance Dogs for Children
Academy Award winner Margaret O'Brien launches an initiative to support Canine Companions and assistance dogs for children with disabilities.
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December 2, 2010 | Morgan Stanley Features Canine Companions
Morgan Stanley chose Canine Companions as one of twenty non-profits featured in their holiday gift catalog.
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October 28, 2010 | 2011 Calendar is Now Available!
The Canine Companions for Independence wall calendar available now. more...


October 25, 210 | Story Contest Winner Announced
We had many great stories submitted, but only one could win. more...


October 20, 2010 | Canine Companions Wins Nonprofit Tagline Award
Help is a Four-Legged Word: Canine Companions wins the 2010 Nonprofit Tagline Awards. more...


June 14, 2010 | Benzinger Winery Offers a CCI Cycling Jersey
Benziger Family Winery is launching a 2010 limited edition Benziger/ Canine Companions for Independence® Bicycling Jersey, the first in a campaign that will contribute $10 from every sale to Canine Companions.
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May 10, 2010 | New Canine Companions Office in Los Angeles

Canine Companions opens an office in Los Angeles

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May 3, 2010 | Newman's Own Funds Canine Companions

Canine Companions receives funding from Newman's Own for Hearing Dog program.

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May 30, 2010 | Eukanuba Supports Canine Companions
Eukanuba and Canine Companions for Independence announce two great opportunities to honor the exceptional dogs that change exceptional lives. more...


April 20, 2010 | Young Volunteers Awarded

Volunteer puppy raisers receive community service awards for their dedication to providing assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

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November 30, 2009 | Wounded Veteran Initiative Gaining Media Attention
Canine Companions Wounded Veteran Initiative has received a lot of media attention lately. Check out these great stories and images.
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October 27, 2009 | Assistance Dog Industry Loses a Leader
Assistance dog industry leader Ed Eames, President of the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners more...


October 27, 2009 | Dean Koontz Book Signing
Author Dean Koontz held a special booksigning of his new books at Canine Companions for Independence
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October 16, 2099 | Charity Smackdown
Canine Companions was one of ten charities participating in the Charity Smackdown
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September 14, 2009 | Young Grads Throw Out the First Pitch with MLB

Canine Companions graduates help their favorite Major League Baseball teams by throwing out the first pitch, or fetch.

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August 24, 2009 | Dean Koontz Memoir A Big Little Life
Popular novelist Dean Koontz, wife Gerda and his family’s beloved golden retriever Trixie, make generous $1 million donation to Canine Companions.
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July 13, 2009 | Koontz Products at PetSmart Support Canine Companions
Celebrating Good Dog: Trixie Koontz™.  Launch of New Pet Products Inspired by a Favorite Canine.
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June 24, 2009 | Puppies Race to be Assistance Dogs
Learn to Be a Puppy Raiser at the Verizon Festival of Speed Presented by SPEEDCOM. Partners Eukanuba Pet Food, Morris Animal Foundation and Canine Companions


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May 13, 2009 - $100,000 Awarded by Helmsley Trust
We've Got Trouble...and Couldn't Be Happier! $100,000 grant awarded to Canine Companions by Helmsley Trust.
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May 13, 2009 | ESPN Reporter Erin Andrews to Speak at May 16 Event
ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews was the guest speaker for the CCI graduation ceremony in Orlando on May 16
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May 13, 2008 | Build-A-Bear Workshop Lends a Helping Paw!

Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation helps Canine Companions for Independence® with a special store promotion.

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March 30, 2009 | Canine Companions Featured in USA Today
Two articles appeared in USA Today on Canine Companions for Independence Teams.
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March 13, 2009 | Canine Companions Puppy Raising Program Featured on WGN-TV
WGN-TV featured the Canine Companions for Independence puppy raising program on a special "Puppy Love" news segment.
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February 9, 2009 | Just Labs Magazine Features Canine Companions Team
CCI Graduate Team Jerry Alexander and Service Dog Nyja are featured in the January/February issue of Just Labs magazine.
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January 12, 2009 | Canine Companions Partner Mascot on Martha Stewart

Canine Companions Partner Mascot to Appear on the Martha Stewart Show on January 12

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