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 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.
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EIN 94-2494324
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Rating: 5 stars  

Besides being a NER Board of Directors Member for CCI, I am raising my second puppy for them. I cannot think of a better way to serve the community. By volunteering for this wonderful organization I get to see first hand what these exceptional dogs can do for adults and children with a disability. It's by far the greatest joy to witness the remarkable difference it makes in a persons life. Each Recipient receives his/her dog free of charge too!!!! Bravo to CCI for all that they do to help give a person with a disability the independence to live life to the fullest by providing their highly trained assistance dogs. I'm honored to be on the Northeast Regional Board Member and thrilled to be raising another miracle for them.
~Yvonne Dagger
NER Board of Directors Member

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help bring even more public awareness and funds to CCI.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I am a Canine Companion Board of Director Member, a Puppy Raiser and the President of the Long Island Chapter of Canine Companions. I have proudly been a part of the Canine Companions family for over 4 years now. Canine Companions is a quality non-profit organization that prides and is dedicated to their mission of providing their highly trained Assistance dogs to people with disabilities, FREE OF CHARGE. Relying on donations from volunteers, business, corporations and partnerships Canine Companions is able to continue their mission.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Bring more funds and awareness to a greater audience.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

I have been volunteering for CCI for four Years now. In all my years of volunteering, and believe me, I have done a great deal of volunteering throughout the years...from holding an officers position on the PTA to Founding two organizations....CCI is by far the most well run non profit organization I have ever encountered in all my years of volunteering. From the top administrators, managers and Coordinators to their volunteer base CCI prides itself on the highest of standards. As a Puppy Raiser, currently raising my second, I have taken away some valuable lessons, not only for my Puppies in Training but my own pets. I can attest to their dedication to helping and supporting their puppy raisers as well as graduate teams. I have gone on many Demonstrations with my Puppy in Training with several graduate Teams and witness how well taken care of their highly trained assistance dogs are... From the health of the dog to keeping up with the commands, CCI makes sure their Puppies in Training and Graduate Teams continue to reach the highest of standards. I am passionate about the success of Canine Companions and I'm dedicated to their mission of providing "Exceptional Dogs for Exceptional People."

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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