Canine Companions for Independence

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.

The assistance dogs they 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. They unite people with dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence and confidence.

Volunteer opportunities include:  event support, speakers, information booth support, office assistance, gardening, graduation support and puppy raising.

Youth volunteers are encouraged to work on an independent community service project.  Pre-approval required to earn community service hours for school. Projects suggestions are below, or be creative!

  • Organize a small fundraising event such as a bake sale, car wash, lemonade stand, etc. and donate the funds to Canine Companions.
  • Create a DogFest Walk ‘n Roll team and raise funds for your local DogFest event.
  • Become an expert! Learn about Canine Companions and help to spread the word to local schools, service organizations, and other community groups.


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