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Canine Companions for Independence
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 Rosa, CA, CCI 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.
The most advanced technology capable of transforming the lives of people with disabilities has a cold nose and a warm heart! We train four types of assistance dogs to master over 40 specialized commands: Service Dogs, Skilled Companions, Hearing Dogs and Facility Dogs.
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Applying for a Canine Companions assistance dog is a multi-step process. Learn what the training experience will be like, read our admission FAQ's and learn more about the application process.
After you complete an application request form online, an applicant coordinator from your nearest Regional Training Center will review your application and determine if, and what type of, an assistance dog best suits your needs.
Selected applicants will be invited to attend a two-week Team Training course at the nearest regional training center.