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Canine Companions for Independence - North Central Region

Service Dogs

Canine Companions for Independence

PO Box 446, Santa Rosa, CA, 95402-0446

Distance: 641 Miles

(866) 224-3647

Website

http://www.cci.org/assistance-dogs

Service Details

Description

Provides trained service dogs, or funding for service dogs, that help a person with mobility, independence and/or communication


Additional Information

Providing trained assistance dogs and ongoing support


Trained dogs can complete over 40 task-based commands, including:
* Retrieving and delivering dropped items
* Opening and closing doors
* Turning lights on and off


Dogs and people get matched and learn to work with each other at Team Training. This is a two-week program at the regional training facility. At the end, they celebrate with a public graduation ceremony.


Instructors stay in touch with graduates with to make sure they succeed with:
* In-person visits
* Advice via telephone and email
* Reports


Eligibility

* People with disabilities who can demonstrate that an assistance dog will enhance their independence or their quality of life
* Also eligible are professionals working for organizations that provide care to clients who will benefit from interaction with a facility dog
* Individuals applying for a service dog must be at least 18 years old with an established, stable home life.
* Children must be at least five years old to be considered a Skilled Companion.


Canine Companions for Independence assistance dogs are NOT trained to assist with the following: guide the blind, do seizure or diabetic alert/response, anticipate or detect medical symptoms, for the primary benefit of emotional comfort or social support, recognize and/or manage undesirable human behavior, provide supervision, navigation, or safety from environmental hazards, respond aggressively, provide personal protection, or assist with the management of mental illness as a primary condition.


Application Instructions

An application is available online. Instructions on the process are listed on the website.


The application process takes between three and six months, on average, before an applicant can be accepted into the program. If accepted, the candidate moves to the waiting list, which can last anywhere from six months to two and a half years.


Fees

The dog is free of charge. Students must pay for their transportation to and from the center, their meals during Team Training, and depending on the training center in your regional area, the cost of staying in a hotel.


Area Served

Nationwide.


Websites

Phone Numbers

Type Number Hours
Toll Free (800) 572-2275

Last Update

1/22/2020

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