Canine Companions for Independence

Sponsored by the Kenneth Slade Memorial Fund at Parkinson’s Resource Organization & Phyllis Slade.

Founded in 1975, 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 at no cost to the recipients.

The assistance dogs we breed, raise and train aren’t just the ears, hands and legs of their human partners. They’re also goodwill ambassadors and often, their best friends. They open up new opportunities and new possibilities and spread incredible joy. We unite people with dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence and confidence.

Trained in over 40 commands, Canine Companions® assistance dogs are able to do jobs like open doors, pick up dropped items, turn on lights, and much, much more! Learn more about Canine Companions for Independence at Give Independence – and Give a Dog a Job!

Products and/or Services Available

  • Animal Companions
  • Assistance Dogs


Contact Us

Parkinson's Resource Organization
74785 Highway 111
Suite 208
Indian Wells, CA 92210

Local Phone
(760) 773-5628

Toll-Free Phone
(877) 775-4111

General Information


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Updated: August 16, 2017