LPCCI

Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence .

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Introduction

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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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 with adults with physical disabilities to assist with daily tasks and increase independence by reducing reliance on other people. A service dog can pull their partner in a manual wheelchair, push buttons for elevators or automatic doors, and even assist with business transactions by transferring money, receipts, and packages.
A Canine Companions service dog not only assists with physical tasks, but also provides social support. During a two-week training session, participants learn how to effectively handle an assistance dog to maximize use of the 40 commands.
Disabilities served include, but are not limited to, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, arthritis and cerebral palsy.

To Receive a Service Dog:

  • Be at least 18 years old. If disabled due to injury, be one-year post-injury rehabilitation.
  • Request an application.
  • Find a friend or family member to be a training assistant.
  • Have a support system in place to facilitate a successful assistance dog partnership.
  • Apply. This process involves several steps designed to ensure success.
  • Once the application is accepted, attend a two-week Team Training class at a Canine Companions training center.
  • After the training session and graduation ceremony, attend on-going Canine Companions training and follow-up support services.

Canine Companions service dogs and follow-up services are free of charge.

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.
Dogfest

DogFest

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






Donate Today

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.

Follow their journey eastward 

Volunteer

  • Puppy Raising
  • Breeding Program
  • DogFest Walk 'n Roll
  • Become a Trustee

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

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 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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