Canine Assistants is a non profit organization that trains service dogs to improve the lives of children and adults who have physical disabilities, seizure conditions or other special needs.
Canine Assistants has been part of the nonprofit community since 1991. The organization has placed over 1,000 service dogs nationally, reached more than 400,000 students through disabilities awareness educational presentations, and provide communities with over 120,000 hours of animal assisted therapy. Last year alone, Canine Assistants provided school age children and the community with over 1,089 educational presentations, reaching 100,217 students and adults.
Since Canine Assistants does not charge anything for the services we provide we must raise all funds necessary to support the placement of our service dogs. Approximately 96% of all donations are directed towards their various programs and sponsorships.
Service dogs can provide assistance with many physicals tasks including,
turning on and off lights, opening and closing doors, pulling wheelchairs, retrieving dropped objects, summoning help, and providing secure companionship. In addition to physical commands, our dogs are wonderful social outlets breaking down barriers that might remain indefinitely without their presence. Dogs in service and training are an invaluable asset to the communities in which they reside. Like fully certified service dogs, dogs in training have full public access to venues open to the general public. Canine Assistants readily utilizes its service dogs-in-training for disabilities awareness education and animal assisted therapy programs.