January 2019 eNews

January 16, 2019
Canine companions yellow service dog with person sitting in wheelchair and two people standing behind him
6,000 Teams and Counting

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. When his first assistance dog retired, Shawn was partnered with Service Dog Melissa. This new match marked Canine Companions’ 6,000th graduate team.

“Having a service dog makes me more independent,” Shawn explains. “Canine Companions for Independence has changed my life from feeling out of place to feeling normal and free.”

Read more about how Service Dog Melissa is helping Shawn.

What's up With Waldo?

Canine Companions puppy Waldo had a great 2018! It was full of new experiences, lots of fun and plenty of love. Check out our most recent blog post to see his adventures. Never miss an update and subscribe to our blog!

A Big 2018 Thank You!

Thank you for your generosity in 2018! Your support made it possible for us to place 337 expertly-trained assistance dogs free of charge to people with disabilities. Watch this video to see the smiles you helped create!

When Donors Plan Ahead

In 1988, Mary Jane Irwin started giving a modest gift annually to Canine Companions. After her death we received a gift of $475,000! Learn how you can help change lives—find out more about planned giving.

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