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Adopt an Assistance Dog in Training From Canine Companions

Help People With Disabilities Live More Independently

/ -- SANTA ROSA, CA--(Marketwired - December 11, 2015) - Right now, a group of young dogs has just entered professional assistance dog training at Canine Companions for Independence. The dogs will learn over 40 commands. Tug, switch, pull. It takes time and expert training to get a pup ready as a fully-trained assistance dog.

Now there's a fun way to help, by participating in the Adopt-A-Dog Campaign. A symbolic adoption of an assistance dog in professional training makes a nice holiday gift, and your support helps provide the training, food and medical care these dogs need. You'll even make it possible to offer these assistance dogs at no charge.

"This is a fun way for people of all ages to help support the mission of Canine Companions," says CEO Paul Mundell. "Not only will supporters help provide highly trained assistance dogs free of charge to people with disabilities, they can also feel a sense of pride and connection with the dogs Canine Companions works so hard to train."

Choose between three breeds, Black or Yellow Labrador or Golden Retriever, at three different donation levels. You'll receive a certificate and fact sheet you can download to commemorate your special adoption. And you can receive a plush puppy in training and 2016 Puppy Calendar at higher giving levels. Packages start for as little as a $40 donation. Through your support, another Canine Companions assistance dog will be expertly trained to help people with disabilities live more independently.

You can finish your holiday shopping right now! Act now to ensure Christmas delivery by ordering before December 14th. To purchase a symbolic adoption package visit

For 40 years, Canine Companions for Independence has been enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by training and placing nearly 5,000 assistance dogs with program graduates, including 136 dogs with wounded military veterans and more than 1,200 dogs with children, entirely free of charge.

About Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence provides highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities. Established in 1975, Canine Companions has six training centers across the country, including California, Florida, Ohio, New York and Texas. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. There is no charge for the dog, its training and ongoing follow-up services. For more information, call 1-800-572-BARK or visit

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Jeanine Konopelski
Canine Companions for Independence