Canine Companions for Independence Overview
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2965 Dutton Ave
Target demographics: Trained assistance dogs for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 240 teams placed in 2009.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help Canine Companions raise money, assist at one of five regional training centers or help spread the word with family and friends.
Geographic areas served: National
Programs: This process includes breeding and puppy raising, training and follow-up, public information, and veterinary expenses. See specific training results below.
Service Dogs: We train golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers (and cross-breeds of the two) to retrieve dropped items, pull wheelchairs, turn light switches on and off, open and close doors, and many other tasks for people with limited mobility.
Hearing Dogs: We also train dogs to assist people who are deaf or hard of hearing by alerting them to important sounds.
Facility Dogs: We train dogs to work in therapeutic settings such as hospitals, clinics, hospices, schools, and other places where the unconditional love and soothing presence of a loving animal can help people feel better.
Skilled Companion Dogs: We train dogs similar to Service Dogs that work with clients and a third person, usually a parent or caregiver.