Canine Companions for Independence


Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence® 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. Three women trainers in wheelchairs with service dogs on their laps The assistance dogs we breed, raise and train aren’t just the ears, hands and legs of their human partners. They’re also goodwill ambassadors and often, their best friends. They open up new opportunities and new possibilities and spread incredible joy. We unite people with dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence and confidence.


Teamwork - We believe in the joyful, transformative power of the human-canine partnership.

Compassionate Service - We act with respect, empathy and collaboration in service of our community, our constituents and each other.

Integrity- We do what is right guided by honesty, accountability and sincerity.

Community - We practice inclusion and acceptance to build impactful relationships within our diverse community.

Excellence - We conduct ourselves with professionalism in pursuit of the highest standards.

Innovation - We reinvent possibility to unleash our greatest potential.