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Your Support Transforms Lives

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

Vests

$25
provides three vests for working assistance dogs

Food

$50
provides a month of care and feeding for one dog in professional training

Care

$100
provides a wellness checkup to keep a dog healthy

Other Amount

Other Amount
Support us with an amount of your choice

Stories

Stories of Independence

Marv & Feisty
Marv & Feisty

Marv & Feisty

Marv served in Vietnam for fourteen months. When he returned home in 1971, Marv and his wife, Connie, began their family, which now includes their adult daughter and son, five grandkids and one great-granddaughter.

In August 1998, Marv was involved in a car accident and sustained a spinal cord injury, paralyzing him from the waist down. His experience inspired him to become a peer mentor for new spinal cord injury patients, both civilian and military veterans. Marv was matched with Canine Companions Service Dog Yara in 2010, and after nine years working, Yara retired. Marv came back to Canine Companions and received Successor Service Dog Feisty.

Feisty opens and closes doors and drawers, picks up dropped items, turns on and off lights, and more to help enhance Marv’s independence. Marv also has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and to help with this, Feisty has been trained the “front” and “behind” commands to help create physical space between Marv and others in public.

Feisty has been professionally trained in over 40 commands to help Marv with everyday tasks and to provide greater independence. With your support, we can provide more expertly-trained assistance dogs FREE of charge to veterans like Marv.

Help make every day independence day and give a dog a job.

Mia & Vizzini
Mia & Vizzini

Mia & Vizzini

Mia has had a Canine Companions assistance dog by her side for over 22 years. She was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, sometimes known as brittle bone disease, which makes fractures occur frequently and affects mobility. At age 11, Mia was matched with Skilled Companion Steven, then Service Dog Arianne.

Both Steven and Arianne were highly-trained assistance dogs who performed life-changing tasks to mitigate symptoms of Mia’s disability. Ari helped Mia by pulling her manual wheelchair and carrying items, and Steven retrieved anything she dropped and reduced Mia’s reliance on her parents.

With Ari’s help, Mia went on to compete in wheelchair track and field, fencing and CrossFit events, all while pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Mia has also become a well-known national advocate for people with disabilities.

After Ari’s passing, Mia received Service Dog Vizzini to further the legacy of the expertly-trained service dogs that have enhanced Mia’s independence.

Through the years, Mia’s life and independence has been enhanced by having a Canine Companions assistance dog by her side. While each dog is unique, they have all be professionally trained in over 40 commands to perform specific tasks to support and provide greater independence.

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Chance & Walden
Chance & Walden

Chance & Walden

Assistance dog Walden has been with Chance when he needed him the most, during a 24-hour EEG test to determine the next course of action for medical care. This time, when it came time to take the test, Chance was excited because he knew he’d have expertly-trained Walden by his side.

While nothing could stop the tears when 22 wires were applied to Chance’s head, once they were back in their room, Chance wanted Walden next to him. As the test’s strobe light activated at varying speeds, Walden laid curled up next to Chance and not once did he move from that spot.

When recalling the day, Chance’s mom shared, "Walden is beyond amazing and today was a 'wow' moment. I was in awe with how calm he was through the chaotic moments of a medical test like this."

Walden has been professionally trained to perform over 40 commands to help Chance live more independently. Your support will help make every day independence day and give a dog a job.

Tug

Tug

Grab an item while walking backwards to pull it

Light

Light/Switch

Turn a light on with nose or off with paw

What?

What?

Lead the handler to the source of a sound

Get

Get

Retrieve an item and hold it until commanded

Hold

Hold

Hold and carry an item in the mouth until commanded

Up

Up

Put two front feet up to deliver an item

Training

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.
Make everyday independence day and give a dog a job.

Give A Dog A Job

Impact

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.

97%

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

98%

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

95%

of skilled companion recipients report increased well-being.

Participate

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.

Volunteer
DogFest

DogFest

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.

Join the Fun

Partners

Partners
That Give Independence

We are grateful for our committed partners working with us to make everyday independence day and giving a dog a job.

Eukanuba
Chrysler
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Nickelodeon
Kong
Build A Bear
NextHome
Playology
Squeeze
Sierra Delta
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