Canine Companions for Independence (Los Angeles, CA)


  • Name:Chuck Contreras
  • Title:Development Director, Southwest Region

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Canine Companions for Independence
  • Address:2312 Westwood Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90064
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:310-446-5700

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  • Mission:
  • Canine Companions pioneered the concept of training dogs to assist adults and children living with physical and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1975, our work is driven by an important mission: to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Effective, quality services have earned Canine Companions its reputation as the leader and gold standard in the growing assistance dog industry.

    The essence of Canine Companions’ program involves:
    -Breeding, raising and training assistance dogs
    -Strategically matching the dogs with qualified applicants
    -Providing long-term support services to ensure success of every human-canine team.
    -Fulfilling our pledge to every graduate that we will provide their dog free of charge.

    When matched with one of Canine Companions’ exceptional dogs, people with disabilities gain enhanced independence, self-esteem,

  • Overview:
  • Your funding will enable Canine Companions to provide a highly trained assistance dog for a child or adult with a disability free of charge, thereby making an immediate, tangible and dramatic impact in the quality of life on this underserved population.

    Project: A Graduate Sponsorship supports one student residing at the Southwest Training Facility during an intense two week period known as Team Training. At Team Training, Canine Companion instructors will teach the students all the skills necessary to communicate with and care for the dog.

    The Graduate Sponsorship includes:
    ➢ Two weeks of thorough, professional instruction, monitoring and evaluation.
    ➢ Training manuals.
    ➢ Training equipment- leashes, collars, assistance dog vests etc.
    ➢ Field trips.
    ➢ Hands-on training with a dog.
    ➢ Portable kennel.
    ➢ Private room and accessible bath for each student plus community kitchen and laundry facilities and meals at our Southwest Campus.
    ➢ 24-hour caretaker and security.
    ➢ “Going home” packet which includes grooming supplies, food bowls, toys and a limited food supply.
    ➢ Assistance Dogs International public access certification (upon successful completion of written and practical exams).
    ➢ First year membership in International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP)

    In total, students will learn 46 new commands, experience 100+ classroom hours, 17 hours of lectures, 50 practice sessions, 10-12 hours on field trips, 25 hours outside the classroom for study and testing and 1.5 days of final evaluations.

    Intended results: With the successful placement of an assistance dog with a child or adult with a disability, Canine Companions intended results include:

    □ The recipient will gain enhanced self-confidence, loving companionship, hope, self-esteem and independence.
    □ The recipient will be able to take advantage of new opportunities that may not have been feasible prior to receiving an assistance dog.
    □ The recipient and family will gain an important new sense of responsibility in providing care and a safe, loving home for their dog.
    □ The recipient will make important new social connections with his/her peers and community that result in greater inclusion and disability awareness.
    □ General awareness of Canine Companions will grow, building a greater community understanding of assistance dogs and of the challenges faced by people with disabilities.

    Canine Companions counts each team placement as one unit of service. Numbers, however, can be deceiving. One single unit of service is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week for approximately 10 years. By this logic, it may be more appropriate to measure the impact of each Graduate Team Sponsorship by the limitless number of daily miracles it provides. Every time the graduate discovers new confidence, feels loving companionship and realizes that the focus is no longer on his/her disability, your investment is at work. Each moment of security, hope and assistance would be made possible by your contribution.

    Community Impact: This student will join our 365 active human/canine teams in the Southwest Region and serve as visible examples of how assistance dogs serve people with disabilities. The community presence of working dogs and their disabled partners provides consistent disability education to the general public, resulting in a better understanding and acceptance of human diversity.

  • History:
  • Canine Companions for Independence, founded in 1975, pioneered the concept of training dogs to assist adults and children living with physical and developmental disabilities. Effective, quality services have earned Canine Companions its reputation as the leader and gold standard in the growing assistance dog industry.

    When matched with one of our special dogs, recipients gain not only a constant, loving companion, but also priceless help with routine physical tasks, such as retrieving items that are difficult to reach, opening doors and drawers and turning on lights. The resulting changes for the recipient and family are often dramatic, immediate and sustained throughout the team’s entire working partnership (typically eight to ten years).

    With a Canine Companions assistance dog at her side, a child who used to be known as “the girl in the wheelchair” becomes known instead as “the girl with the cool dog.” For an adult who once had to constantly ask for help from family, friends and strangers, an assistance dog means greater freedom and self-sufficiency. For every recipient, an assistance dog is also a new best friend. This special partnership inspires increased self-confidence, teaches responsibility and provides a constant companion for a person navigating the myriad challenges of life with a disability.

    Canine Companions trains four different types of assistance dogs:

    Service Dogs – assist adults with physical disabilities by performing critical tasks like retrieving items, turning light switches on and off and opening doors;

    Skilled Companion Dogs – perform similar tasks as Service Dogs but are matched with children and severely disabled adults (dog is handled by a parent or other caregiver), and also offers friendship that boosts confidence;

    Hearing Dogs – alert their partners who are deaf or hard of hearing to key sounds such as doorbells, alarms, and people calling their name;

    Facility Dogs – work alongside professionals/trained volunteers to promote mental and physical health in patient settings like rehabilitation centers, hospitals and special education classrooms.

    Our greatest challenge remains being able to provide our life changing canines to children and adults with disabilities from our waiting list. With the total cost of breeding, raising, training and monitoring one of these magnificent animals exceeding $50,000 per dog, Canine Companions relies heavily on the support of foundations such as The Lawrence Foundation.

  • Year established:1975
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:17
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:26


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:94-2494324

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:942494324
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% ROBERT SCHWINN
  • Organization Address:2965 DUTTON AVE
  • Organization City:SANTA ROSA
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:95407-5711
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:February, 1979
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):030
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):School, college, trade school, etc.
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:P8XZ
  • Asset Amount:$64,681,007
  • Asset Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • Income Amount:$43,691,290
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$31,929,720
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 9:51:40 am

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