Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing expertly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support free of charge to ensure quality partnerships. Canine Companions 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 facility dogs are expertly trained dogs who partner with a facilitator working in a health care, visitation or education setting. Facility dogs are trustworthy in professional environments and can perform over 40 commands designed to motivate and inspire clients with special needs. A well-mannered and highly trained facility dog encourages feelings of calm and security for clients in a visitation setting such as a courtroom.