Who We Are

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

The assistance 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.

Canine Companions Provides Assistance Dogs for:

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

Children – Assistance 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 assistance dogs for greater independence*.

Professionals – Assistance 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 assistance dogs, the people they serve and the work they do.

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

Puppy raiser receives puppy and puppy package

Volunteer Puppy Raiser FAQs

Canine Companions for Independence® has been providing assistance dogs to people with disabilities since 1975. You can help us unite people with trained assistance dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence. Every assistance 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>>