Service Dog Category Charity Partner
Celebrating its 40th year, Canine Companions for Independence created the concept of assistance dogs to serve people with physical disabilities. The non-profit has placed over 4600 teams and trains four different types of assistance dogs, always free of charge: service dogs for adults and veterans with physical disabilities; hearing dogs who alert their deaf or hard of hearing handlers to environmental sounds; skilled companions for children and adults with physical or cognitive disabilities; and facility dogs who work with professionals in healthcare, education and visitation settings. In addition to being provided free of charge, each team receives a lifetime of follow up services and assistance. Canine Companions has placed over 120 dogs with wounded veterans in the past few years and was chosen as a contractor to furnish dogs for a study to be performed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to determine the potential benefits of canine support for Veterans with PTSD. Its mission is accomplished thanks to over 3000 volunteers that raise puppies, assist at the training centers, raise funds and awareness. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions has six training centers and over 30 volunteer chapters throughout the country. They are a founding member of Assistance Dogs International and are recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.