Looking to the Future
In 1975, out of a home office and a garage, the first Canine Companions assistance dog was trained and provided free of charge to an adult with a physical disability.
Thanks to the unparalleled generosity and dedication of our community, we’ve grown tremendously. The best assistance dog trainers in the world staff the five Canine Companions Training Centers. They possess hundreds of years of cumulative experience in both assistance dog training and instruction to people with over 30 different types of disabilities. Their keenness of spirit demonstrates that Canine Companions is a people organization, utilizing great dogs to serve humankind. Last year, our organization placed 255 excellent graduate teams and conducted over 900 follow-up visits to ensure quality partnerships, all free of charge.
It’s no coincidence that as we’ve provided more and more assistance dogs free of charge, more and more people with disabilities have realized the life-changing benefits of assistance dogs. The demand for our highly trained assistance dogs is ongoing and growing.
Now, it’s time for Canine Companions to take the bold and necessary steps that will provide for the long-term sustainability of our life-changing mission.
Last June, our national board took the most important first step by approving a long range strategic plan. Initiatives of the plan include:
* A dedicated whelping center to support volunteers and puppy wellness
The execution of this plan will strengthen our foundation and ensure that we continue to be the leaders, advocates, and innovators that we’ve always been.
Together, we’ll continue changing lives by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing follow-up services to adults, children, and veterans, all free of charge, for generations to come.