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This Holiday

Give the gift of independence

Give a Dog a Job

Help pair an exceptional dog and a person with a disability for a life of greater independence.

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Give a Dog a Job

Help pair an exceptional dog and a person with a disability for a life of greater independence.

Donate Today

Jobs That Give

Independence

Canine Companions assistance dogs learn 40 commands that truly help a person with a disability maximize their independence.

The tasks each Canine Companions assistance dog learns can be life-changing. From retrieving dropped house keys, opening a door, pulling a manual wheelchair or alerting to a fire alarm, Canine Companions assistance dogs help make daily physical tasks possible and open doors to new opportunities.

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Tug

Grab an item while walking backwards to pull it

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Light/Switch

Turn a light on with nose or off with paw

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What?

Lead the handler to the source of a sound

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Get

Retrieve an item and hold it until commanded

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Hold

Hold and carry an item in the mouth until commanded

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Up

Put two front feet up to deliver an item

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Tug

Grab an item while walking backwards to pull it

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Light/Switch

Turn a light on with nose or off with paw

What Icon

What?

Lead the handler to the source of a sound

Get Icon

Get

Retrieve an item and hold it until commanded

Hold Icon

Hold

Hold and carry an item in the mouth until commanded

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Up

Put two front feet up to deliver an item

Stories

Of Independence

Carter and Hollen
Carter and Hollen

"Hollen has really changed my life, and I like showing people how he helps me."

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LanDan and Perkins
LanDan Oliva and Perkins

"I am very happy I got an assistance dog. It’s just made life a lot easier."

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Wallis and Mork
Wallis and Mork

"Mork gives his all in every aspect of his job, and I love that about him."

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Impact

Of Independence

Canine Companions For Independence is the most highly acclaimed and accredited assistance dog organization in the United States.

Our unique and proven team training sets us apart by ensuring the match between dog and human is powerful and lasting.

97%

of hearing dog recipients report increased feeling of safety or peace of mind.

98%

of facility dogs recipients report increased willingness in clients to participate in activities.

95%

of skilled companion recipients report increased well-being.

Partners

That Give Independence

We are grateful for the committed partners working with us to Give the Gift of Independence and Give a Dog a Job.

PetSmart Charities
Eukanuba
Merial
The North Bay Business Journal
Press Democrat
Argus
Sonoma Index-Tribune

Help pair an exceptional dog and a person with a disability for a life of greater independence.

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Companions for Independence is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by U.S. law.

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Stories of Independence

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