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LPCCI is a non-profit organization formed in 1983 to educate, raise funds and to seek puppy raisers for Canine Companions for Independence.

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Since its humble beginnings, LPCCI has grown in membership and support from Lions Clubs in just two states to 35 states across the nation. Currently LPCCI has 17 Area Directors and 68 Trustees working to create awareness and provide support for CCI. Lions and Lions Clubs contribute to LPCCI through Life Memberships, Club Memberships, awards, sponsorships, fundraising, puppy raising, and volunteering. Our goal is to have representation and support in all 50 states across the nation.

Four Types of Assistance Dogs

  • Service Dogs

    Imagine having a dog that could turn on lights, pick up dropped keys or open a door. Canine Companions for Independence service dogs are partnered Read More
  • Skilled Companion Dogs

    People with disabilities might have trouble reaching a light switch, picking up a dropped pencil or opening a door. Imagine having a dog that could Read More
  • Facility Dogs

    Facility dogs are expertly trained dogs who partner with a facilitator working in a health care, visitation or education setting.Canine Companions facility dogs are trustworthy Read More
  • Hearing Dogs

    Canine Companions for Independence hearing dogs are specially bred Labrador and Golden Retrievers who alert partners to key sounds by making physical contact such as Read More
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When you hear the words Folsom Prison, most people connect it to a very famous country song by Johnny Cash. The prison is quite a place indeed.
Not too many people know that on the same prison property there are two other facilities. The more modern California State Prison and the Folsom Women's Facility.

It's the women's facility that's the subject today. Last June, after what seemed like forever, we delivered two 12 week old Canine Companions puppies to an eagerly awaiting staff and the four to-be inmate handlers (two for each pup). It took a couple vehicles to haul in the crates, crate pads, beds, bowls, brushes, a pot full of toys and treats, a first aid kit, monthly heart guard, and the food.
LPCCI is proud to support this new program by supplying the food for the dogs. Local veterinarians provide medical care and Canine Companions' local volunteer chapter group, Gold Rush Champions, provides toys and treats replacements, along with other supplies. Everyone chipped in on this one.

This is the first Canine Companions program within the California Department of Correctional and Rehabilitation (CDCR), and already there are discussions with two other locations within the system.
So, I'm delighted to report that Nieve and Penley are happy and healthy pups just about to turn a year old, and two more pups are scheduled to be added to the program in March.

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I think the program can be pretty well summed up in these words from one of the inmate handlers: "I am so thankful for all that has been done and what continues to be done to ensure Penley and Nieve have everything they need to succeed. Having them in my life during this time is so special to me, and it's great knowing they will soon be helping others. Without your generosity this would not be possible."

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South Central Training Center

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LPCCI’s commitment to Canine Companions is long standing. To show our support for this new center, LPCCI pledged $150,000 over a three-year period, knowing our contribution makes a difference in the lives of the many veterans, children and adults with disabilities that Canine Companions serves.

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Lions Clubs

Lions, Lioness, and other service clubs, working through the Lions Project can help CCI's efforts to offer greater independence and self-esteem to more people with disabilities.


Walk 'n Roll is the signature national event of Canine Companions for Independence.

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It's your generous donation that allows us to offer highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing follow-up services to people with disabilities at absolutely no charge.


Pedaling Puppy Raisers

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We are volunteer puppy raisers for Canine Companions for Independence.
We also love bike touring and raising awareness for Canine Companions.

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Assistance dogs aren't just born, they're raised.


 Volunteer puppy raisers provide specially- bred puppies a safe home, take them to obedience classes, serve up a healthy diet, provide socialization opportunities and give lots of love.

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Breeder dogs and their puppies are the foundation of our organization. We carefully select and breed Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and crosses of the two after an intensive evaluation process.


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DogFest Walk 'n Roll is the signature national event of Canine Companions for Independence.Fest

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To promote and oversee an awareness and appreciation for the LPCCI and Canine Companions programs to clubs and individuals in the District. Have an interest in seeing that Canine Companions For Independence mission to provide trained dogs for individuals with disabilities is assisted by Lionism.

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