Canine Companions for Independence | Give A Dog A Job Give the Gift of Independence



Your Support Transforms Lives

Every gift allows Canine Companions® to professionally train assistance dogs who will increase and enhance independence and confidence.


provides three vests for working assistance dogs


provides a month of care and feeding for one dog in professional training


provides a wellness checkup to keep a dog healthy

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Stories of Independence

Ken Hernandez & Service Dog Miller Ken Hernandez & Service Dog Miller

Ken Hernandez & Service Dog Miller

Following the events of 9/11, Ken Hernandez pursued his passion, serving others. He began his career as an Air Force civil engineer then went on to become a dedicated Port Authority officer.

In 2014, Ken’s career ended abruptly when he was involved in an automobile accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Ken also lost his independence, as day-to-day life became increasingly difficult. Two years after his accident, Canine Companions Service Dog Miller helped Ken get his independence back.

Service Dog Miller is highly trained in over 40 life changing commands that help Ken every day. While it takes an estimated $50,000 to breed, train, place and support each assistance dog like Miller, our recipients receive them free of charge.

This Veterans Day, your gift will support our mission to provide expertly trained assistance dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities.

Salute a veteran and give a dog a job.

Jay & Flurry Jay & Flurry

Jay & Flurry

Retired Army Capt. Jay Huston dedicated 20 years of service to our country, 13 years as an enlisted soldier and seven years as an officer. His venerable career left him with a few stories to tell and a couple of scars, as well.

Jay’s spine was fractured in four places during an airborne operation. Subsequent testing revealed he also had a spine disorder. As a result, Jay’s mobility is limited, and he experiences chronic pain which makes day-to-day tasks difficult. Jay is one of the 4.7 million veterans that have a service-connected disability.

Jay has had an expertly trained Canine Companions assistance dog by his side since 2008. This year, Jay was matched with his third service dog, Flurry. Flurry helps Jay with everyday tasks like picking up his dropped keys, opening doors, retrieving his cell phone, and much more.

“Canine Companions to me, is a godsend, I cannot imagine trying to do all of this alone, and the independence and dedication I have and the relationships I have built with each one of these dogs is amazing,” Jay shares.

Help us honor veterans - now is the time to give and show you support to those who have given so much.

Salute a veteran and give a dog a job.

Francisco & Vitani Francisco & Vitani

Francisco & Vitani

Air Force veteran Francisco has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from his time serving in Afghanistan

Enjoying his sons’ piano recitals, watching fireworks and family outings felt impossible. Everything changed when Francisco was matched with Canine Companions Service Dog Vitani. Now, Francisco can do more with his family and be more present in their lives.

Service Dog Vitani is expertly trained in over 40 commands, including nightmare interruption, creating buffers in crowds, turning on lights before Francisco enters a room and interrupting anxiety behaviors.

Canine Companions remains committed to helping veterans live independent lives, and we need your help. While it takes an estimated $50,000 to breed, train, place and support each assistance dog like Vitani, our recipients receive them free of charge.

Now’s the time to give back to those who have given so much – please donate today.



Grab an item while walking backwards to pull it



Turn a light on with nose or off with paw



Lead the handler to the source of a sound



Retrieve an item and hold it until commanded



Hold and carry an item in the mouth until commanded



Put two front feet up to deliver an item


Jobs That Give Independence

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Canine Companions for Independence assistance dogs are there for their human partners with disabilities. Expertly trained to perform over 40 commands these dogs help children, veterans and adults with disabilities open doors, pick up dropped items and much more.
Salute a veteran and give a dog a job.

Give A Dog A Job


The Power of Independence

Canine Companions for Independence is the most highly acclaimed and accredited assistance dog organization in the United States.

Our unique and proven team training sets us apart by ensuring the match between dog and human is powerful and lasting.


of hearing dog recipients report increased feeling of safety or peace of mind.


of facility dogs recipients report increased willingness in clients to participate in activities.


of skilled companion recipients report increased well-being.


How to Get Involved

Here are some other ways that you can help pair an exceptional dog and a person with a disability for a life of greater independence.

Puppy Raiser

Raise a Puppy

Volunteer puppy raisers provide Canine Companions puppies a safe home, take them to obedience classes, provide a healthy diet, provide socialization opportunities and give lots of love.



Grab a leash and get ready for a tail waggin’ good time! Learn how to get involved with our signature national event, DogFest held around the country.

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