Canine Companions for Independence

Tommy and Service Dog Hiley

For Tommy, help is a four legged word ~ Tommy and service dog Hiley

Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Roas, CA, CCI is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized world-wide for its excellence in dogs, and quality and longevity of the pairings it makes between dogs and people.

For more information on how to apply for a CCI assistance dog, visit, or call 1-800-572-2275. CCI trains four types of assistance dogs: Service Dogs, Skilled Companions, Hearing Dogs, and Facility Dogs.


Canine Companions for Independence

If you are interested in volunteering, the organization is always looking for volunteer breeder caretakers who provide homes for the breeder dogs and whelp the puppies, returning the puppies to CCI in Santa Rosa, CA, at age eight weeks. Volunteer puppy raisers accross the nation then work with the puppies to socialize and obedience train between the ages of fifteen and eighteen months.

Donations are also always needed and CCI offers several programs for donations including In Memorium, Planned Giving, Monthy Giving, and simply charitable gifts.

Visit fro information on any of the programs described above.

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