Canine Companions for Independence

Write Letters/ Make Cards

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Canine Companions has a lot of dedicated volunteers, that would greatly appreciate hand written letters or cards. These letters or cards could include a message along with pictures.   

Who can help: Anyone!


Run a Collection Drive

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Canine Companions has items on our wish list for the dogs in professional training. These items are usually dog specific and brand specific due to the structure of the professional training of the assistance dogs from Canine Companions.

Who can help: Anyone!


Organize a Fundraiser

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Canine Companions always appreciates community members who are willing to host a fundraiser to benefit the organization. If your group has a project in mind, contact Canine Companions to discuss the opportunity to host a fundraiser to benefit the programs we offer that help people with disabilities.

Who can help: Anyone!


Support an Event

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Canine Companions has a national fundraiser called DogFest Walk ‘n Roll.  We would appreciate any volunteers who could assist on that day with various event activities.  

Who can help: Anyone!

 

Conduct an Advocacy/ Awareness Campaign

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Canine Companions is always looking for advocates to write letters to interested community members about the services we offer.  

Who can help: Anyone!


Contact Canine Companions under the ‘Contact’ tab on the menu to your left to set up volunteer opportunities or service projects!

What is your organization’s mission statement?

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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.


 
What population do you serve? 

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Canine Companions provides services to children, adults and veterans who have a physical disability. Canine Companions also provides facility dogs who work within a hospital, rehabilitation program and court environments to provide assistance to a multitude of clients in need of the facility’s specialized care.



How many do you serve in a year? 

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The North Central Region pairs 54 teams per year, assisting not only the recipient matched with the assistance dog, but their family and clients within a facility setting.

What region or area do you provide services in?

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Canine Companions is a national non-profit organization offering its programs to people with disabilities across the country. The North Central Region serves the entire state of Ohio and 13 surrounding states.


 
How and when did the organization get started? 

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Canine Companions started in 1975 and is one of the first and oldest assistance dog organizations in the country. It began in Santa Rosa, California with the vision to provide the highest quality of assistance dogs to people who have disabilities.  



How many employees do you have? 

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The North Central Region has 15 full time and 5 part-time staff members comprised of people who raise funds for the organization and others who train and care for the dogs.



How many volunteers does your organization have?       (click the “Service Projects” tab to learn more about volunteer opportunities)

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Canine Companions has 300 volunteers helping us each year.

How do your programs or services help the community?

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Canine Companions supports the community by pairing local recipients who have a physical disability with highly trained assistance dog – free of charge. Canine Companions also supports local facilities such as Goodwill Columbus and Nationwide Children’s Hospital through the placement of facility dogs who support their clients. Additionally, Canine Companions provides an educational component to the community about assistance dogs.


 
Program Descriptions 

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Volunteer Puppy Raisers: Canine Companions has the best volunteers in the country. Volunteer puppy raisers receive a puppy from Canine Companions’ breeding program at eight weeks of age and return the dog to the organization at 16 months. During the time the puppy is with the volunteer, the dog learns basic obedience and socialization. The volunteer puppy raiser provides a loving home for the dog while under their care.

Team Training: Team Training is when a recipient who has gone through the applicant process to receive an assistance dog is invited for two weeks to be paired with an assistance dog and learn how to work with the dog effectively. The dog has two years of training and is prepared for the recipient when the recipient is invited to Team Training.

Recipient Follow-up Services: After a recipient receives an assistance dog from Canine Companions, the organization provides follow-up services for the life span of the recipient and assistance dog team. This services include annual in person visits, phone and email communication. The services are provided to ensure that the quality of the placement remains as when the team was originally paired and to answer any outstanding questions that may come with time.

Canine Companion’s Wishlist:


  • Goughnuts and Kongs, Original 
  • Fresh ‘n Clean brand Dog Shampoo (12 oz. bottles) 
  • Miller Forge nail trimmers (large size) 
  • Slicker brushes 
  • Furminator grooming tools 
  • Collapsible water bowls 
  • Cotton Balls 
  • Plain copy paper 
  • 6 x 9 mailing envelopes 
  • 8.5 x 11 bubble envelopes 
  • Plastic utensils, paper plates, cups and napkins 
  • Dog Agility Equipment (call 740-833-3711 for specifics) 
  • VisionSmart Dog Balls

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Name: Megan Koester

Organization: Canine Companions for Independence

Email: mkoester@cci.org

Work: (740) 833-3702

 

Address:
4989 State Route 37 East
Delaware, OH 43015

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