Canine Companions For Independence

Rating: 4.75 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Animals, Health, Human Services

Location: PO Box 446 2965 Dutton Ave Santa Rosa CA 95402 USA

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 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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

My organizations which serves children who are deaf or hard of hearing has been fortunate in receiving a Facility Dog from CCI. This dog is a miracle maker! Children who never smiled, now smile when they see her. Kids who are having a tough day, relax when she is with them. She is an integral part of the curriculum, helping kids solve puzzles, find the right words during speech therapy, encouraging them to be physically active in the play yard. I cannot state strongly enough how great the benefits are from the services of this one dog.

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My husband and I received a facility dog that works with injured servicemen and women at military hospitals, support groups and sports rehabilitation events as part of CCI's Wounded Veteran Initiative. Our facility dog, Tali, lends her support by snuggling with injured troops as they heal in the hospital, she walks with them when they receive a new prosthetic limb and waits for them at the finish line after they compete in their first triathlon. Over the last year we have seen several CCI service dogs placed with permanently injured servicemen and women. Some of these individuals were not able to live on their own without assistance. However, with their assistance dogs, they can now live on their own without a roommate. Independence doesn't mean living alone. Many of these veterans now have "Battle Buddies" as they move on with their lives. We are grateful to have Tali and enjoy watching her as she connects with those in need. The Wounded Veteran's Initiative has and will continue to help our veterans regain independence.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the staff's passion to help veterans regain independence by placing assistance dogs with those who have permanent physical injuries. They truly care and are only a phone call away. They take the time to get to know you and place you with the right dog.

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