Canine Companions for Independence® provides assistance dogs free of charge to recipients


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.

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. Canine Companions unite people with dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence and confidence.  Learn more about Canine Companions



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Read how Wembley has made Bruce’s life better

Marine Corps veteran and Sacramento resident Bruce was deployed multiple times to combat zones, including Iraq and Afghanistan. As a result, he has pain from fibromyalgia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which have impacted his life for many years.

Hoping to mitigate his PTSD and fibromyalgia symptoms, Bruce applied for a service dog from Canine Companions for Independence free of charge. In October, Canine Companions’ first class of teams of veterans with PTSD and their service dogs graduated, along with Bruce and his Service Dog Wembley.

Bruce says, “I have been given a canine partner who will allow me to move more comfortably through daily life at home and in public places. His presence reduces my stress and anxiety which closed me out of normal life experience.”

Canine Companions service dogs for veterans with PTSD are trained to enter a room ahead of their handler to turn on lights, retrieve items from a distance, interrupt nightmares and anxious behaviors, as well as perform positional commands that help their handler feel more comfortable in public. Canine Companions began matching veterans with PTSD with their expertly-trained service dogs, and the result has been astounding.

Support Canine Companions and veterans with PTSD and other disabilities at the No Excuses 5K.