Who We Are

Founded in 1975, Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained service dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

The service dogs we breed, raise and train aren’t just the ears, hands and legs of their human partners. They’re also goodwill ambassadors and often, their best friends. They open up new opportunities and new possibilities and spread incredible joy. We unite people with dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence and confidence.

Our Core Values

Teamwork – We believe in the joyful, transformative power of the human-canine partnership.

Compassionate Service – We act with respect, empathy and collaboration in service of our community, our constituents and each other.

Integrity – We do what is right guided by honesty, accountability and sincerity.

Community – We practice inclusion and acceptance to build impactful relationships within our diverse community.

Excellence – We conduct ourselves with professionalism in pursuit of the highest standards.

Innovation – We reinvent possibility to unleash our greatest potential.

Read more about our Core Values.

Strategic Plan

2025 – that’s the year Canine Companions will reach our ambitious and aspirational goal to become the most recognized leader of our industry, able to provide service dogs – expertly trained, highest quality, free of charge – to all qualified applicants. As the leaders of the service dog industry, we continue to have a waitlist of those needing our services. We aspire to end or reduce our waitlist and in the process set a new standard of best practices for the industry.

To reach this goal, we will: evaluate and strengthen our brand, review and optimize our program methods, create deeper volunteer engagement, ensure an active and diverse team and community, activate fundraising initiatives, and identify key strategic partners to support constant innovation. Click here to find out more about our strategic plan and the key steps that have been taken.

Canine Companions Provides Assistance Dogs for:

Adults – Adults with disabilities are partnered with service or hearing dogs to increase independence.

Children – Service dogs perform physical tasks for children with a range of disabilities to increase independence with support from an adult.

Veterans – Wounded veterans and veterans with disabilities are matched with service dogs for greater independence*.

Professionals – Service dogs are expertly trained and partnered with a working professional in a health care, visitation, criminal justice or education setting.


Mork helps me help myself. He can retrieve
my phone and other dropped items, pull my wheelchair and open doors for me.

Wallis and Service Dog Mork

He has really changed my life, and I like showing people how he helps me.

Carter and Skilled Companion Hollen

Once you get a strong partnership with a
dog like Wonka, a lot will change.

Gabe Martinez, U.S. Marine Corps and Service Dog Wonka

Sherlock allows many children to surprise themselves into doing things they might never have had the courage to try!

Kristen and Facility Dog Sherlock

Learn more about our service dogs, the people they serve and the work they do.

*Service dogs for veterans with PTSD are provided in specific geographic regions.

Puppy raiser receives puppy and puppy package

Volunteer Puppy Raiser FAQs

Canine Companions has been providing service dogs to people with disabilities since 1975. You can help us unite people with trained service dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence. Every service dog starts as a puppy that needs a loving home. You can raise a dog and change a life. Volunteer puppy raising is an incredible way to help children and adults with disabilities live more independent lives.

Volunteer puppy raisers provide Canine Companions puppies a safe home, take them to obedience classes, serve up a healthy diet, provide socialization opportunities and give lots of love.

Check out our Puppy Raiser FAQs>>