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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Services, Animals, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Health, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Rehabilitative Care

Mission: Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. CCI serves people all over the US with training centers in Northern and Southern California, Ohio, New York, and Florida, as well as dozens of volunteer groups and satellite offices. Visit our website at www.cci.org or call toll-free 1-800-572-2275 to reach the CCI training center in your region.

Target demographics: Trained assistance dogs for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 240 teams placed in 2009.

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.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kudos to CCI!!! CCI is a wonderful organization. We have seen first hand how it has helped our son who lost his leg in Iraq. The service dog he received is very helpful to him and is his constant companion. We saw a change in our son immediately after he received his "companion" from CCI. They are now inseparable and go almost everywhere together. It is one of the best things that has happened to our son since his injury. I hope CCI will continue to help other severely injured "heroes" of our US Military. Thank you to all especially the volunteers who spend endless hours training the special dogs. What an awesome way for the volunteers and CCI to give back to these brave men and women who have sacrificed themselves for our freedom.

1 Steve184

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Canine Companions for Independence is truly one of the best there is.I am so grateful to be associated with this awesome organization. My efforts as a volunteer,really make my heart full,I've never seen such compassion,and a group as strong,and dedicated as CCI.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely wonderful organization! I am thrilled to be part of their mission. I am raising my first of hopefully many puppies for them.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

CCI is the Cadillac of the service dog industry.
I have volunteered as a puppy raiser, breeder caretaker, and board member for over 20 years and know first hand the miracles that these highly trained dogs work in the lives of their disabled partners. They do not charge the recipients for these valuable dogs, who also receive a lifetime of follow up and support.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My service dog, Andy, allows me to live on my own without help from others. He not only provides physical assistance but also provides me a companion so I don't get isolated. CCI dogs are the best. Andy is my 4th CCI service dog

2 Katelyn2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great Organization!!! everything is tops. Highly recommend. I received Dario in May of 2015 and he changed my live for the better. He knows how to open doors , pick up dropped items and turn lights on and off . He also does things that come naturally to him like help reduce my anxiety and helps me be more social because people want to meet him .

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3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I could never give enough thanks to Canine Companions for Independence and everyone involved with this wonderful organization. My Hearing Dog Tatiana has given me a second chance at independence, happiness and life, and has touched countless lives. My life has been forever changed and saved (literally) because of her. Heroes are not born, but are madeā€¦ And Canine Companions made Tatiana. I can never return the gift I have been given, but I can do my best to keep paying it forward. Thank you CCI!

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCI is my family and beyond special to me, love!!!

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3 Morton S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was given a service dog at no cost to me. Oscar VI helps me be indepandant. He picks up my clothing by name: shirt, socks, undershirt, slippers, etc. He opens drawers, pulls off my socks, and helps me get dressed. Opens and closes doors, turns lights off and on and much more.

Canine Companions for Independence started in California where they breed their own dogs. When these exceptional dogs are 8 weeks old they are sent to one of several regions to initiate their puppy raising and training with volunteers. Then they ascend to advanced training at a Canine Companions for Independence location, Oscars is Orlando, Florida. After 9 months Oscar was ready to be considered for placement with a disabled person that would be helped to be independent. My wife and I went to CCI Orlando for 2 weeks of training to learn how to lead, care for, manage and think like a dog.

Canine Companions for Independence does this all with a very small professional staff of highly motivated and very dedicated people. They provide highly-trained, exceptional dogs at no charge to disabled Veterans and others with disabilities. This is why I recommend CCI.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Exceptional dogs, exceptional people. I feel LUCKY to be part of such an amazing organization.

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3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our 12 year old has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and a rate immune disorder. We received our skilled companion working dog in February of 2013. Nickel III has been a Godsend. He's a faithful companion, he can help retrieve objects when our son has bad JRA days and he been a great social bridge for our son.

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