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Which Dogs Will Make the Grade as Service Dogs?

Learn more about the research being conducted at the Duke Canine Cognition Center in conjunction with Canine Companions for Independence. The puppies are part of a study funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to assess the impact of different rearing strategies on the behavior and cognitive development of assistance dogs.

Canine Companions Facility Dog Joins the staff at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

It’s no secret that pets make our lives happier and healthier, especially in these times of uncertainty. For many families, the benefits pets provide will now come at a time and place they may never have expected: during their child’s hospital stay in the middle of a pandemic.

Do Puppies Speak “Human?”

A landmark collaborative study by industry leaders Duke University, University of Arizona and Canine Companions®, is helping shed light on the cognitive and communicative abilities of 8-to 10-week-old service dog puppies. The findings were recently published in Animal Behaviour and may also be used to determine the best future working role for Canine Companions puppies.

BarkYard Debuts Dog-Friendly Lawn Care in a Simple, Delivered-to-Your Door Kit

Dog lovers rejoice! For many homeowners, maintaining a lush, green lawn requires keeping doggo off. For dog owners, however, having a space their furry friends and family can enjoy together is half the reason they wanted a lawn in the first place. BarkYard is a simple, dog-safe, bundled lawn care solution that, when used as directed, fixes the two problems dogs tend to create, turning pesky pee spots and thin, trampled grass into a lush green yard. What you need, when you need it, BarkYard is delivered right to your door so Bella and Blue can do their business while you keep your grass growing strong.

So Much More Than A Dog.

About six years ago, my oldest daughter couldn't leave the house. An avid reader, an animal lover, and a budding author who has already written a 500-page novel––she also has autism. This vibrant, creative little girl had reached a point where being in public places wasn't a possibility. Something as simple as going to the grocery store, or something as spectacular as attending Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, was completely out of question. Read how all that changed when Canine Companions dog Flo came along.

Do you have what it takes to be a working dog? Take the quiz now.

If you’ve ever wondered what kind of working dog (or not working dog!) you might be, Canine Companions has you covered. Join the celebration during International Assistance Dog Week by taking a fun, interactive quiz now to see what job fits you best. Read more and take the quiz here.

Precious Cargo Arrives in Orlando

While the coronavirus pandemic is limiting flights for many, it has not stopped Canine Companions for Independence from transporting its future assistance dog puppies. Thanks to volunteer pilots, these Canine Companions puppies flew more luxuriously than most of us ever will – on private planes.

Prioritizing Diversity

We recognize at Canine Companions there is work to do. We are dedicated to being more intentional in our efforts for greater inclusion and diversity within the Canine Companions community of clients, staff, volunteers, board members and supporters. To date, our statements have been about supporting inclusion, diversity and justice, treating each other with respect and seeking to understand and communicate. We are now providing an action plan to support those statements. Our mission is to serve people with disabilities, regardless of race, gender, religion, socioeconomic status or background. We clearly have work to do to be more inclusive and to increase our diversity, both within our organization and within our broader community and outreach. Click here to read more about our plan.

Art Under Quarantine

"What makes my day-to-day unique is that I live with another artist, and, surprisingly, he is a non-human, canine artist." Yvonne Dagger

How a celebrity photographer is helping N.J.’s class of 2020 mark the moment

“I think people are so excited to have a way to celebrate their graduate. Having the photos just kind of makes it real.”

Norfolk woman thankful for assistance dog in times of social distancing

In these times of social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus, people with disabilities depend on their service dogs more than ever.

Assistance Dogs Working Overtime During Coronavirus

Due to the impact of COVID-19, many of us are now working from home, and it’s no different for Canine Companions for Independence assistance dogs in training. And our expertly trained assistance dogs are still making a difference every day.

Facility dog visits children at home to soothe coronavirus anxiety

"It’s very emotional, it’s very touching to see the level of impact he’s having on the families. My idea is for him to go around to the kids and brighten up their days. I've had lots of conversations with families who are struggling, who have lost jobs or members of their family."

Canine Companions Puppies Transported by Volunteer Pilots

Volunteer pilots have made it possible for some adorable Canine Companions puppies to fly more luxuriously than most of us ever will - on private planes.

Canine Companions for Independence® Announces 2019 Volunteer of the Year

Southwest Region volunteer and puppy raiser Melayne Yocum received the prestigious Jack Warnock Volunteer of the Year Award for 2019.

Puppy Wynn brings comfort to ER doctors on the frontlines

Wynn, a Canine Companions service dog in training, is bringing joy and comfort to the medical staff on the front lines of the coronovirus fight in Denver.

Live Puppy Cam Kicks Off on National Puppy Day, Celebrating Puppies with a Purpose

National nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence launches live puppy cam featuring five-week-old future assistance dogs

COVID-19 Updates

Canine Companions is closely monitoring developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Bookkeeper360 CEO Nick Pasquarosa welcomed as Canine Companions for Independence® Northeast Region Advisory Board President

Love for animals and compassion for people with disabilities has driven his dedication to the organization

Welcoming Wavey

Canine Companions is excited to be partnering with WAVE 3 in Louisville to follow the journey of a very special puppy.

Leading Service Dog Provider Urges Changes in Laws for Animals on Planes

Canine Companions for Independence® responds to request for public comment for proposed rulemaking on the Air Carrier Access Act

On The Border and Tito’s Handmade Vodka Team Up for Texas Independence Day in Support of Canine Companions for Independence

World’s largest Mexican casual dining brand and Texas’ oldest legal distillery join forces for fundraiser and ‘Yappy Hour’ for Canine Companions for Independence.

PETSMART DISTRIBUTION CENTER HELPS SERVICE PUPPIES IN TRAINING

On November 2, PetSmart’s distribution center in Columbus, Ohio welcomed 16 volunteer puppy raisers from Canine Companions for Independence® to assist with several hours of socialization and agility training for puppies working to become service animals.

Researchers study canines' influence on children with autism

One Purdue research study is sending kids diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder home with dogs in hopes to discover how they affect their day-to-day lives. See how Canine Companions is involved.

More Ways to Support Canine Companions

Many organizations partner with Canine Companions to donate a portion (or all!) of their proceeds to help give children, adults and veterans with disabilities greater independence and confidence.

Send a Special Valentine to Give a Canine Companions Service Dog a Job

Looking to give something extra special to your valentine this year? Well here’s something better than chocolates or flowers! Help Canine Companions® match children, veterans and adults with disabilities with expertly trained service dogs when you celebrate your favorite friends (human or furry) with a unique and meaningful puppy valentine! Click here to learn more.

Students Raise Service Dogs in Training as Part of Their Life on Campus

"A university is a perfect place to raise a prospective service dog. There are many opportunities for socialization and different noises and environments, so the dogs are prepared as possible when they begin their professional training."

Dallas Cowboys Name Puppy Dak After Quarterback

Canine Companions for Independence puppy Dak will spend the next 18 months training to become a service dog.

Tis’ the season to give: Red Roof® Room In Your Heart campaign is giving back

Tis’ the season to give: Red Roof® Room In Your Heart campaign is giving back to charities that benefit military members, children and pets when guests get a room, Red Roof gives back to their favorite charities.

Increasing Impact One Wag at a Time

“As Canine Companions looks to serve our community in better ways and increase its impact, we are proud to announce that the national board of directors has approved the launch of a small therapy dog certification pilot program in 2020,” says Sarah Birman, director of training and client services. “With so many Canine Companions released dogs already performing therapy work, it is a natural progression to provide this program to our volunteer puppy raisers.”

More Than $350,000 Raised at Star-Studded HAUTE DOG | LA

Canine Companions for Independence hosted another record-breaking HAUTE DOG | LA event on Sunday, October 20. The event raised more than $350,000 for the non-profit, which provides expertly trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

Service dogs in training now allowed on Texas Tech campus

The Canine Companions for Independence service dogs in training are now allowed on the Texas Tech University campus.

Partnering with BraunAbility to Create a More Inclusive and Accessible World

Canine Companions and BraunAbility, the world’s leading manufacturer of mobility transportation solutions, are committed to championing independence for people with mobility disabilities by creating a more inclusive and accessible world. This new platform, called Drive for Inclusion, unites those with mobility challenges and tackles one of the biggest issues they face daily—abuse of accessible parking.

Fake Service Animal Registrations Making It Harder For Those Who Really Need Them

In this digital age, the internet is making it easier for people to falsely and illegally register their pets as service animals. That also makes it harder on people who actually need them.

A Day With Dexter

How a facility dog is changing lives at Children's Memorial Hermann hospital.

Can service dogs help children with autism? This new study will find out.

As the number of children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder continues to rise, so does the demand for a popular treatment – service dogs.

Take a Stand Against Service Dog Fraud During National Service Dog Month

Imagine having the independence and peace of mind to venture out into public for the very first time, thanks to a task-trained service dog. Every day, people with disabilities from paralysis to post-traumatic stress, are living fuller and more independent lives thanks to their service dog.

Duke University Admits Puppies for the Class of 2019

Duke University's 'puppy kindergarten' will help raise assistance dogs. Learn more and see some media coverage.

HAUTE DOG | LA to Honor The Lasorda Family, Feature Tons of Celebrities and Dogs in One-of-a-Kind Doggie Runway Fashion Show

Canine Companions for Independence is proud to present the eighth annual HAUTE DOG | LA. Join us as we honor The Lasorda Family and their ongoing support of Canine Companions.

Eight-year-old girl finds her perfect companion

Brooke was matched with Skilled Companion Zara in February 2019.

Pensacola TV Reporter Becomes a Puppy Raiser

A puppy with a purpose. Kathryn Daniel, a reporter with WEAR-TV in Pensacola, FL., becomes a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence.

FDNY 9/11 First Responder Paul Monfre and Valor on Inside Edition

Inside Edition got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at our May, 2019 Team Training and Graduation when retired FDNY firefighter Paul Monfre was matched with service dog Valor VII!

Canine Companions® Doubles Commitment in Nickelodeon PAW Patrol Live Tour with The Great Pirate Adventure

Canine Companions is expanding participation with Nickelodeon and Spin Master Entertainment’s hit animated preschool series PAW Patrol in the country-wide live theatrical PAW Patrol Live! tour with the addition of The Great Pirate Adventure. Now participating in both Race to the Rescue and The Great Pirate Adventure events, kids can visit the Canine Companions booth for an opportunity to meet with real working dogs—both working assistance dog teams and puppies—and learn about the Canine Companions mission.

Covetrus Celebrates Delivery of its 2,000th Puppy Care Package in Support of Canine Companions for Independence

Employee-led Philanthropic Initiative Supports the Development and Training of Service Dogs that Help People with Disabilities Increase Independence.

36 Years of Breeding Puppies with a Purpose

It takes a special person to spend 36 years on-call day and night, 365 days a year, even if it’s for the sake of very important puppies. Read more about why Dr. Ruth Daniels was honored with the CVMA Meritorious Service Award.

Canine Companions was invited to the TODAY Show on May 3, 2019

Meredith Vieira and Jenna Bush Hager featured Firefighter Tom Prin and Canine Companions' Service Dog Halona on the TODAY Show. Click here to watch the video.

Drybar Founders Open Their Newest Venture to Rave Reviews

When the founders set out to launch Squeeze, they wanted to find a like-minded feel-good organization to partner with and support. They searched high and low and found the perfect organization to align with: Canine Companions for Independence!

Canine Companions Facility Dog Raider helps Turpin children face parents in court

Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog Raider helped comfort the Turpin children during their parents' sentencing.

“Fixer Upper” Family Receives Life-Changing Assistance Dog

The Copp family, featured on HGTV’s Fixer Upper and founders of the Raising Wheels Foundation, has a new furry addition to the family, and she comes with a special purpose.

Canine Companions Broke Ground on a New Campus

On Wednesday, April 3 Canine Companions broke ground on a new state-of-the-art campus in the North Central Region

NextHome Announces New Charity Partnership with Canine Companions for Independence

NextHome proudly announces its new national charity partner, Canine Companions for Independence®, a nonprofit with the primary purpose to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs.

High Point Market Partners with Crypton for Outdoor Experience at Spring Market

The High Point Market Authority announces a partnership with Crypton, a leading provider of performance fabric technologies in the residential home furnishings market, to bring an outdoor experience to Spring Market, April 6-10. Dubbed The Crypton Patio, this activation will create a first-of-its-kind, pop-up outdoor lounge, dining and meeting area that will be open to all Market attendees.

Canine Companions for Independence® Awards Central Florida Veterinarian Inaugural Health Services Award

Dr. Becky Niedfeldt of Sheller Road Animal Hospital, located in Apopka, Florida was chosen by the Southeast Region.

Canine Companions Breaking Ground on New Campus

We are excited to be breaking ground on our new North Central campus in New Albany, OH on April 3.

Canine Companions for Independence awards Dallas/Fort Worth area veterinarians first-ever Health Services Award

Canine Companions for Independence national board of directors has chosen veterinarians from each of the organization’s six regions to receive the first annual Health Services Award. The South Central Region, with a campus located in Irving, Texas, chose Drs. Chelly and Joe Quinn of Town East Galloway Animal Clinic in Mesquite, Texas.

Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition at the California Science Center Features Canine Companions for Independence®!

The world premiere of the California Science Center’s exhibition Dogs! A Science Tail, featuring Canine Companions, was unveiled on March 15 during their 21st Annual Discovery Ball in Los Angeles. We are excited to be a part of this traveling exhibition that explores the science behind the bond between humans and dogs, and how we are both wired for social connection.

Build-A-Bear® Launches One-for-One Hugs N' Hope™ Bear to Help Provide Furry Friends to Children in Need

To further the company's mission to add a little more heart to life, Build-A-Bear® and Build-A-Bear Foundation™ today announced the launch of Hugs N' Hope™ Bear, a new teddy bear that gives Build-A-Bear fans the chance to help share comfort and hugs with children in need. Starting today, for every Hugs N' Hope Bear sold—at U.S. and U.K. Build-A-Bear Workshop stores, and at buildabear.com and buildabear.co.uk—Build-A-Bear will donate one teddy bear to Build-A-Bear Foundation to be given to a child in need.

Predicting Success in Assistance Dogs

What makes a successful life-changing assistance dog: brains, brawn, or behavior? A new study of thousands of Canine Companions for Independence® dogs may have some answers, identifying predictors of success in a field where the majority of dogs don’t make the cut.

Southwest Region awards San Marcos veterinarians first-ever Health Services Award

Canine Companions for Independence national board of directors has chosen veterinarians from each of the organization’s six regions to receive the first annual Health Services Award. The Southwest Region, with a campus located in Oceanside, California, chose Dr. Thomas and Dr. Riehl of Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo in San Marcos.

Canine Companions® is the Official Working Dog Partner for the Superpower Dogs Movie

Canine Companions for Independence is the official working dog partner for the IMAX® original film Superpower Dogs premiering on March 9. We’ll be joining the likes of Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Evans, the movie’s narrator, on the red carpet along with our Mars Petcare Partners’ Eukanuba and Whistle GPS Pet Tracker.

Recognizing veterinary excellence and giving back

As the first and largest provider of expertly-trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities, Canine Companions has worked extensively with veterinarians to support assistance dogs and puppies at six training centers. Recently, the nonprofit granted the Health Services Award to seven veterinarians across the country who help give a dog a job by providing veterinary services to some very special dogs.

Canine Companions Announces New Board Chair

Canine Companions for Independence® welcomes John McKinney as new board chair.

Puppies for a purpose lend a paw for those in need

The non-profit Canine Companions for Independence is looking for volunteers to help at events, raise puppies, or simply donate so they can fulfill their mission of giving a dog a job and providing independence for their community members.

Virginia Beach couple raising puppy to help someone else gain independence

Five-month-old Harpo is living with his Canine Companions volunteer puppy raisers Susan and Whit. Next year they'll take him back to New York where he will enter professional training with the goal to become as assistance dog to a child, adult or veteran with a disability.

Canine Companions puppy Elijah goes to Disneyland

Canine Companions puppy Elijah recently took a trip to Disneyland and it went viral on the Internet.

Canine Companions® Puppy Raiser Is One of Alabama’s Top Youth Volunteers

Maya Harlow, of Ozark, Ala., was named a distinguished finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for her work as a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence.

Avocados From Mexico is a Proud Supporter of Canine Companions for Independence®

What could be better than avocados? Perhaps avocados that support the placement of expertly-trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities?

Denver DA acquires service dog to help children and victims in court cases

Rylan, a two-year-old Labrador/golden retriever mix, is the newest member of the Denver District Attorney's Office. He is a facility dog from Canine Companions for Independence.

Dogs who serve: how K-9's can change lives

Dogs are a part of our society. For many they bring unity and joy, but they can also do much more. People with disabilities or even those seeking comfort, turn to canines.

Mayo Clinic's Newest Employee is Making a Big Impact

La Crosse is the first Mayo Clinic Health System campus to have a full-time, trained Facility Dog. Luna uses her 40 commands and wagging tail to help patients with their physical therapy whenever requested.

Making Great Strides

Grant Pyle's senior year began like most top athletes who are considering scholarship options at the college level.

Facility Dog Rita is newest member of Salt Lake City Police Department

Meet Rita. She is a 2-year-old black Labrador Golden Retriever mix from Canine Companions for Independence that is working with the Salt Lake City Police Department.

6,000 Expertly-Trained Dogs Give the Gift of Independence

Shawn Miller is no stranger to the life-changing impact that a highly-skilled assistance dog can provide. He grew up with a Canine Companions® dog by his side to help assist with his Muscular Dystrophy. When his first assistance dog retired, Shawn was partnered with Service Dog Melissa. This new match is Canine Companions’ 6,000th graduate team.

Fox News tours Canine Companions' Northeast Training Center

Dana Perino takes part in Miller Family Campus 10th anniversary celebration at our Northeast Training Center.

PenFed Foundation Donates $50,000 to Help Launch Canine Companions for Independence® Veterans Initiative PTSD Program

PenFed Foundation presented Canine Companions for Independence® with a $50,000 donation to support the launch of Canine Companions’ PTSD program that will change the lives of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the Northeast region.

Leading Assistance Dog Organization Expands Services for Veterans

With 4.2 million military veterans facing a combat-related disability, nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence® is increasing the depth of their services for veterans through expertly-trained assistance dogs.

Drybar Founders Announce Their Next Wellness Concept, Squeeze

The blowout success of Drybar—some 100 locations opened in the decade--has made "the Drybar of" a shorthand for business ventures. Now, Drybar founders Alli Webb and her brother Michael Landau are setting their entrepreneurial sights on disrupting another beauty and wellness fixture: massage.

What Makes A Good Working Dog? Canine 'Aptitude Test' Might Offer Clues

Testing dogs' cognitive abilities might help predict which dogs will be most successful in various working roles, according to new research by Evan MacLean, director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center.

Canine Companions® Announces Winner of 2018 Volunteer of the Year

Canine Companions for Independence® (Canine Companions) honored Florida resident Cathy Fischer with the 2018 Jack Warnock Volunteer Award for her outstanding volunteer service assisting people with disabilities. The Jack Warnock Award is the highest honor bestowed on a volunteer who has made a significant impact to the organization.

Houston Astros First Pitch

Canine Companions for Independence graduate team Edgar with Service Dog Chase make the first pitch at an Astros baseball game.

Canine Companions celebrates International Assistance Dog Week

Canine Companions for Independence graduate team Chelsey with Service Dog Pablo and volunteer puppy raiser Julie share their stories and hope to spread the word about Canine Companions in West Texas.

Service dogs get red carpet treatment at Bush Intercontinental

Houston-area Canine Companions for Independence graduates and volunteer puppy raisers visited Bush Intercontinental Airport to learn more about the process of traveling with an assistance dog.

How these amazing dogs are changing lives in North Texas

Since bringing her home as a puppy, Cory Coons is seldom away from his yellow lab Jubilee. He takes her to work, they play fetch, and he has used the time to teach her nearly 30 commands.

Duke University's 'puppy kindergarten' will help raise assistance dogs

Anyone who has ever witnessed a dog delightfully roll around in a pile of stink knows that the canine brain operates a little differently than ours. But Brian Hare, the man who persuaded Duke University to open a center devoted to dog psychology, understands what goes on between those furry, floppy ears better than just about any human — which is why he’s now working with Canine Companions for Independence on “Puppy Kindergarten.”

Executive Director Named at Southeast Region

The Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence is pleased to announce that Cathy Gooden has been appointed its executive director.

365 Days of Puppies!

Santa Rosa, California—The 2019 Canine Companions puppy calendar is chock full of squishy puppy faces and lots of over-the-top cuteness. The puppies featured in the calendar have a very important purpose—they are on their way to becoming life-changing assistance dogs for a child, veteran or adult with a disability.

Canine Companions for Independence and Chipotle Mexican Grill team up in Southern California to Cause an Effect

Canine Companions for Independence and Chipotle Mexican Grill are teaming up in Southern California to Cause an Effect on Saturday, September 15.

22nd Annual Tales & Tails Gala - It’s the Great Gala Charlie Brown

The entire Peanuts gang invites you to the 22nd Annual Tales & Tails Gala on Saturday, October 6 at the Rosen Shingle Creek

Haute Dog | LA Howl-oween Disco Doggie Fashion Show to benefit Canine Companions for Independence Featuring John O’Hurley, Paul Shaffer, Laraine Newman and more

Join Canine Companions for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, disco music, silent auction, live auction, stories from assistance dog recipients, an after party to meet the celebrities and much more fun as the dogs take over the catwalk!

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits and Tito’s Handmade Vodka Support Canine Companions

Through October 14, Tito's Handmade Vodka, the "Vodka for Dog People" will donate $1 for every bottle of vodka (1.75L and 750ml bottles) sold in ABC Fine Wine & Spirits stores throughout the state of Florida. (up to $20,000.) Your purchase will transform lives and will provide joy, love, independence, and laughter to the people served by Canine Companions.

Canine Companions for Independence hosts DogFest San Diego

Canine Companions for Independence hosted the 5th annual DogFest San Diego on Sunday, September 9 at NTC Park in Liberty Station.

Canine Companions® Names Paige Mazzoni as New CEO

Canine Companions for Independence®, the non-profit that matches people with disabilities with expertly-trained assistance dogs, has appointed a new chief executive officer, Paige Mazzoni.

Littler and Canine Companions for Independence Announce Strategic Partnership

Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, and Canine Companions for Independence®, a non-profit organization that provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities at no charge, are pleased to announce the formation of a strategic partnership.

Build-A-Bear® Kicks Off 2018 Partnership With Canine Companions For Independence® & Fundraising Campaign To Provide Service Dogs To Kids In Need

Interactive retailer will donate $1 for every Promise Pets™ furry friend made in stores today through August 8, 2018

Do you "speak" dog?

Put your dog communication skills to the test with a fun quiz by Canine Companions®

HAUTE DOG | COLUMBUS

HAUTE DOG | COLUMBUS was a trend setting evening to remember!

First Texas Facility Dog to Serve Adults with Special Needs

Facility Dog Yoshi joins Daymark Living to become Texas' first Canine Companions facility dog to serve a community for adults with special needs.

A Furry Graduation Day in Medford

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Franklin Square Couple Raise Puppies for People with Disabilities

Franklin Square residents Florence and John Scarinci love dogs. Not just any dogs, though. They are particularly fond of service dogs.

Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Welcomes Four-Legged Team Member

Canine Companions for Independence facility dog becomes second dog at a Baylor Scott & White Health facility and the first to join a Texas children’s hospital

Sutter Health Facility Dogs

Sutter Health donates $25,000 and launches facility dog video campaign.

Tortorella moved to tears by story of U.S. Army veteran's recovery

Josh Sommers survived ambush overseas, honored on Military Appreciation Night.

Shake Shack and The B-52s Support Canine Companions

$2 from every Love Shack Shake will benefit Canine Companions for Independence®.

Canine Companions for Independence® Responds to Delta’s Recent Service and Support Animal Policy

Canine Companions has reviewed Delta Airlines’ new policies for travelers with emotional support and service animals and appreciates the intent behind Delta’s revised regulations. Unfortunately, there are several elements of Delta’s new policies that are not in line with the Air Carriers Access Act (ACAA).

PenFed Credit Union Announces Plans to Raise Assistance Dog through Canine Companions for Independence

PenFed, the nation's second largest federal credit union, has announced plans to raise an assistance dog through Canine Companions for Independence.

July 2019 eNews

Mia has had a Canine Companions assistance dog by her side for over 22 years. Born with osteogenesis imperfecta, sometimes known as brittle bone disease, her bones fracture more easily and her mobility is affected. For some, this might mean a restrictive and limited lifestyle, but Canine Companions assistance dogs have helped mitigate the symptoms of Mia’s disability.

February 2020 eNews

Nine years ago, Luke was in a snowboarding accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury. Luke was left unable to walk and had to adjust to navigating life in a wheelchair. In 2019, everything changed when Luke found his perfect match in Service Dog Rummy.

March 2019 eNews

“My whole world opened up when I received my first Canine Companions® assistance dog, Marcie, in 2004,” explains Amanda. Click here to read the entire enews.

April 2018 eNews

The first time Trevor met a working service dog was in 2011, one year after the accident that caused his spinal injury. "Another client at the spinal cord injury recovery program I was attending had a Canine Companions® service dog," recalls Trevor. "Once I saw what these dogs were able to do for someone with a disability, I knew I had to apply."

June 2020 eNews

Canine Companions® supporters and private pilots Martyn Lewis, Josh Hochberg, Jeff Stewart and other volunteer pilots have transported over 100 Canine Companions puppies to their volunteer puppy raisers in our Northwest, Southwest and South Central regions! We are incredibly grateful to have the extra support from the community to keep our mission moving forward.

February 2019 eNews

They met on a blind date over lunch, matched by a friend and Canine Companions® puppy raiser who, on a hunch, played Cupid. Both Frank and Emily have spinal disorders and use wheelchairs. Separately, they had been paired with service dogs from Canine Companions. Click here to read the entire enews.

April 2020 eNews

These are stressful times for the entire country, but our dogs are hard at work continuing to provide support to our graduates. It is important to remember that some of our graduates have compromised immune systems, and during this time of social distancing, they are so grateful to have their expertly trained assistance dogs by their side. When others can’t help, a Canine Companions® dog is there.

September 2019 eNews

Canine Companions® Graduate Wallis was placed with her second service dog, Mork, in April 2016. He faithfully worked with Wallis allowing her to be independent at home, in public and while traveling. Unfortunately, Mork was on the receiving end of dog aggression nearly 10 times in less than three years.

August 2018 eNews

U.S. Army veteran Chrissy first found out about Canine Companions for Independence at age 10 when her aunt was partnered with a Canine Companions® assistance dog to help with multiple sclerosis. When Chrissy experienced a debilitating back injury while serving in the military, she knew she would turn to Canine Companions for her own assistance dog. But first she wanted to tackle the challenge of relearning how to walk.

January 2019 eNews

Shawn is no stranger to the life-changing impact a highly-skilled assistance dog can provide. At age 6, Shawn was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive muscle disease and he has since grown up with a Canine Companions® dog by his side. Click here to read the entire enews.

December 2018 eNews

Jack is 10-years-old and has cerebral palsy. Last summer, Jack was matched with Canine Companions® assistance dog Drake, and his life has been deeply impacted.

March 2020 eNews

The New Castle County Delaware Police Department welcomed Facility Dog Nikko last year, and he is leaving his paw prints on the hearts of the New Castle community. Nikko visits schools, community events and helps assist in criminal investigations.

January 2020 eNews

With Skilled Companion Ruff by Luke’s side the sky's the limit. Luke has Down Syndrome, creating cognitive and physical delays. Staying on task, speech and socialization are difficult for Luke. After being matched with Skilled Companion Ruff, Luke is making great strides.

December 2019 eNews

This year, Daniel was matched with his third life-changing Canine Companions® assistance dog. Skilled Companion Bagheera gives Daniel the confidence to travel, explore and look to the future. She is there to retrieve Daniel’s iPad, which he uses to communicate, as well as open doors, turn on and off lights, and provide constant companionship. “When we are out in public, people come up to us and ask about my dog,” says Daniel. “Without my dog, they wouldn’t have talked to me.”

October 2019 eNews

Sylvia, who has muscular dystrophy, has always had to rely on her parents to assist with day-to-day tasks. But Sylvia has never let her disability put a limit on her success.

July 2020 eNews

This Independence Day was also Canine Companions® 45th anniversary! Our organization has experienced tremendous growth over the years, but our mission has never wavered. Our dogs have increased independence for people with a range of disabilities from hearing loss to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

October 2018 eNews

Dr. Cara Miller has a very persistent alarm clock. It doesn’t have a snooze setting, and it often comes with a couple of whiskery kisses. Cara’s alarm clock is named Turf, and he’s a black Labrador and an expertly-trained hearing dog from Canine Companions for Independence.

April 2019 eNews

Nu Ja was born with limb differences in her arms and legs, meaning they are either absent or incomplete; however, this rarely slows her down. “Kristi, get!” 9-year-old Nu Ja excitedly tells her new assistance dog. With a wagging tail, assistance dog Kristi retrieves Nu Ja’s lunchbox from the kitchen counter and then carries it down the hall so Nu Ja can put her lunch in her book bag. Click here to read the entire enews.

May 2018 eNews

"Being at Canine Companions® and with the dogs, Sheridan spontaneously looked at me and said, ‘I love you, Mama,’” recalls Lisa, Sheridan's mom, tearfully. “It was the first time I’d heard him say that in almost three years.

July 2018 eNews

Sergeant Stefan LeRoy lost both of his legs in Afghanistan while trying to carry an injured platoon member to safety. “I knew there were more improvised explosive devices (IEDs), but that’s what you do,” says Stefan on his decision to help his injured comrade. “You do the right thing.”

May 2019 eNews

LuLu is a smart, vivacious 7-year-old who needs to stay active and exercise to help manage the progression of two rare genetic conditions. Skilled Companion Zuke is an expertly-trained assistance dog who helps LuLu move more and participate in the activities she enjoys most. Lulu's parents, Marko and Marianne, share, "Zuke is a great motivator and encourages Lulu to run - they love chasing each other around the house." Click here to read the entire enews.

June 2019 eNews

Shakti, who’s had multiple sclerosis (MS) for 21 years, is an avid yogi and instructs yoga classes for people with disabilities. Two of her long-time students, who both have MS, would bring their Canine Companions service dogs to the weekly classes Shakti had been teaching. Shakti was able to see firsthand how expertly-trained assistance dogs can help a person with a disability. After seeing the benefits that come with a Canine Companions service dog, Shakti decided to apply for a service dog herself. Click here to read the entire enews.

February 2018 eNews

On a rainy day in 1995, Tammie was carpooling to work with neighbors when their vehicle hydroplaned and flipped multiple times. "I remember waking up sideways in the passenger seat, but I couldn’t move to get out of the car," recalls Tammie.

September 2018 eNews

Earlier this month, Canine Companions for Independence welcomed Paige Mazzoni as our new CEO. Paige comes to our organization with over 25 years of professional experience, concentrated in corporate strategy and management, strategic initiative development and marketing implementation. We are thrilled she is here and look forward to the greater ability to serve more clients with her vision and leadership.

June 2018 eNews

Veterans, like Marv who was matched with Service Dog Yara, have experienced more independence in their lives thanks to their Canine Companions® assistance dog. “Yara is probably the main reason I’m here today,” says Marv.

January 2018 eNews

The newest addition at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation Grapevine-Lancaster is bringing patients a unique form of treatment — the love of a dog.

November 2018 eNews

Life changed for Chelsey in 2010 when she contracted a bacterial infection after tubing on the Comal River, which led to a bilateral below-knee amputation.

March 2018 eNews

Canine Companions® partner Sutter Health in Northern California recently launched a social media campaign highlighting their Canine Companions facility dogs. Nine facility dogs work in a multitude of settings throughout the Sutter Health network, including hospitals and physical therapy units. These assistance dogs help motivate and comfort patients while encouraging healing and recovery.

Changing Tax Codes Impact Assistance Dog Services for People with Disabilities

Big changes are coming for the 2018 tax year after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, and it may be impacting those organizations that need charitable gifts most—those charities like Canine Companions for Independence® that provide life-changing assistance dogs to children, veterans and adults with disabilities entirely free of charge.

Making the Most of the Holidays With an Assistance Dog

During the holiday season, even the best-laid plans can devolve into an improv routine. For assistance dog users, that routine can get a whole lot hairier — pun intended. Take a look at these tips from assistance dog organization Canine Companions for Independence® to help the season be about friends and family rather than focusing on the added stresses of traveling with a disability and an assistance dog.

Why Are These Puppies Doing Time In Prison?

They arrive from Canine Companions for Independence® at the Hardeman County Correctional Facility in Tennessee as little yellow and black cute balls of fur full of purpose and potential, but in need of partners to help prepare them to be working assistance dogs.

Start 2018 with 12 Months of Puppy Love

What’s better than puppy breath and sweet puppy kisses? Well not much, but how about the next best thing -- the 2018 Canine Companions for Independence® Puppy Wall Calendar. It’s 12 months of adorable canines. And these puppies have a purpose, hoping to become life-changing assistance dogs for an adult, child or veteran with a disability. Read more...

CEO Transition

Canine Companions for Independence, the leading non-profit provider of highly trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities, announces the resignation of CEO Paul Mundell as chief executive officer.

PetSmart Charities® give $300,000 for Facility Dog Program

Facility dog provider, Canine Companions for Independence, announced its receipt of a $300,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America.

October 2017 eNews

Kimberly is no stranger to the assistance a Canine Companions dog can provide. She received assistance dog, Lissa, when she was 13 years old. “Lissa made me more confident,” says Kimberly. “She helped me feel more comfortable talking with new people. Before I was pretty shy, but having a dog with me made me more relaxed.”

Working Dog in the Work Place

Kimberly is no stranger to the assistance a Canine Companions dog can provide. Kimberly was born with kyphoscoliosis and became paralyzed when she was a toddler because of a spinal fusion. She received assistance dog, Lissa, when she was 13 years old. “Lissa made me more confident,” says Kimberly.

National Society of Colonial Dames Hosts Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions was the special guest of honor at a luncheon for the National Society of Colonial Dames in the District of Columbia.

How Man’s Best Friend Can Provide a Key Link to the World of Hearing

Read the touching tale of Dominic and Plato, a dynamic team that shows us a novel — and adorable — solution to overcoming the challenges of deafness in a noisy world.

Newest Addition at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation Grapevine-Lancaster has Four Legs and a Wagging Tail

The collaboration of Canine Companions for Independence and Baylor Scott & White Health is the first of its kind. Facility Dog Karmen is the first Canine Companions dog to be placed at a Baylor Scott & White Health facility, adding a new aspect to the already successful relationship.

Why are these puppies doing time in Fort Worth's federal prison?

FMC Carswell is one of 14 prisons across the country raising puppies for Canine Companions. The inmates work hard with these dogs every day to prepare them for their futures as assistance dogs.

Assistance Dog Changes Life of Quadruple Amputee

Imagine going in for a routine surgery and waking up as a quadruple amputee, fighting for your life. This nightmare was a reality for Annette Ramirez. Instantly, the dedicated wife, employee and mother was completely dependent on others for daily living. That is, until Canine Companions for Independence® assistance dog Patch entered the picture.

19-Year-Old NASCAR Driver Helps Give a Dog a Job

Canine Companions for Independence teams with #kylekares. What do assistance dogs and race cars have in common? Top-notch quality. Race car drivers want a vehicle that performs on every turn. People with disabilities need expertly-trained assistance dogs who are up to the task of increasing independence.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Canine Companions Establish Successful Collaboration

A new and mutually beneficial partnership has formed as Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Canine Companions for Independence have joined together to have puppies training to be assistance dogs visit children who are dancing with Segerstrom Center’s School of Dance & Music for Children with Disabilities.

Jam City and Peanuts Worldwide Team Lend a Helping Paw to Canine Companions

Jam City and Peanuts Worldwide announced the worldwide launch of Snoopy Pop, an all-new bubble shooter game starring the beloved Peanuts characters and Snoopy alter-egos from the classic comic by Charles M. Schulz.

Make Every Day Independence Day — Give a Dog a Job

For people with disabilities, independence means more than just a celebration of the founding of the nation. It is a door being opened, a dropped house key being retrieved, a prosthesis brought to a veteran. These jobs and the independence they provide, is possible thanks to expertly trained Canine Companions for Independence® assistance dogs.

Celebrate Volunteerism and Grab a Leash

Communities around the country are grabbing a leash and coming together with dogs big and small at DogFest, a dog- and family-friendly event benefiting non-profit Canine Companions for Independence.

USA Today $100,000 Video Competition

We're competing to win a community grant of $100,000 from the USA Today Network! You can help us by voting for our video, "A Service Dog is More Than a Vest," through May 12.

Meet PacifiPuppy Foley

Chrysler Brand introduces PacifiPuppy Foley to launch new social initiative in partnership with Canine Companions for Independence's 'Give a Dog a Job' campaign.

Bestselling Author Laura Numeroff Coming to Bay Area

Laura Numeroff, bestselling children’s book author of the “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” series, is coming to the Bay Area for signings of her new book, “Raising a Hero.”

Chrysler, BraunAbility and Canine Companions Partner to Drive Independence

Chrysler, BraunAbility join to support 'Give a Dog a Job Program' benefiting Canine Companions for Independence

Legislative Win for Legitimate Assistance Dogs

Colorado passed a law making the intentional misrepresentation of an assistance animal a class 2 petty offense. Now, Colorado is one of 17 states with laws prohibiting people from claiming that untrained animals are assistance animals.

Graduate Featured on Parade Magazine

Canine Companions for Independence© is proud to have had our graduate, Stefan LeRoy (US Army Ret.) and his service dog Knoxville featured on the cover of Parade magazine

Nickelodeon's PAW Patrol Pups Team Up With Canine Companions for Independence

Nickelodeon today announced the kick off of a multi-platform cause marketing partnership with Canine Companions for Independence®, a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities with highly trained assistance dogs. The initiative features a Public Service Announcement (PSA) starring the dogs of Canine Companions and heroic pups from Nickelodeon and Spin Master Entertainment’s hit animated preschool series PAW Patrol.