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The Canine Companions Veterans Initiative


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Canine Companions for Independence is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. Canine Companions growth and success since 1975 has stemmed from working with amazing breeder caretakers, puppy raisers, instructors, volunteers, staff, and, of course, their graduate teams.

Canine Companions has been enhancing the lives of people with disabilities with its four types of assistance dogs that master more than 40 specialized commands: service dogs, skilled companions, hearing dogs and facility dogs. Canine Companions has trained and placed more than 5,100 assistance dogs with program graduates, including more than 1,600 dogs with children and 175 dogs with wounded military veterans.

With the increase in wounded veterans who could benefit from an assistance dog, Canine Companions helps veterans making a new start in putting their life back together from an injury with an assistance dog who can provide the help they need to regain independence. To date, Canine Companions has placed 175 assistance dogs with veterans nationally and 10 PTSD study placements.

Currently there are 104 active teams that include 40 active teams from the Southwest Region. For more information, visit or call 1-800-572-BARK.

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