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

In February 2020, Squid, a Canine Companions for Independence® (Canine Companions) facility dog, joined the Patient- and Family-Centered Care team at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. He arrived shortly before COVID-19 impacted the local community.
With visitors to the hospital limited due to social distancing health safety measures, Squid arrived on the job just in time to engage with patients and staff through this stressful time of unknowns.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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