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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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 It is with great pride that I step into the presidency of our foundation. Thank you to our Board of Directors and all the dedicated trustees, directors and volunteers who support Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence. I hope we have another fantastic year as we work to support Canine Companions for Independence.

We have done a lot over the years. Our fundraising efforts total nearly $3 million. Of course, all the volunteer puppy raisers among us provide a tremendous resource to Canine Companions for Independence, as well as to Lions. We have come a long way in our efforts to educate people everywhere about these great service dogs.

But there is always more to be done! It seems overwhelming at times – there are only so many days in a week for us to work. Demand for service dogs continues to increase as our veterans return from combat in need of assistance dogs. And, of course, our own work of educating people about Canine Companions for Independence creates more awareness and, in turn, more demand.

Don't forget to support the new DogFest Walk N Roll events that Canine Companions will be having across the country. We Lions can form DogFest teams within our clubs or as individuals. Get out and recruit team members!
This spring my wife, Lion Michele, and I have been assisting a group of students at Mary Washington University (Fredericksburg, VA) in getting a Canine Companions for Independence puppy raising club started. Katrina Winsor, Puppy Program Manager at Canine Companions' NE Region, came to explain the program to the Dean of Student Life, Dr. Cedric Rucker, and his staff. The students formed a campus club and went through the process of requesting official status on campus. Lots of behind the scenes work has been done, and in early May we learned that official approval has been granted. This means there will be puppies on campus beginning this September. My hat is off to UMW student Rebekah Selbrede, who is the founder and president of the new puppy raising club. She will be receiving the first Canine Companions puppy in the UMW program. His name is Dragon, and he should arrive in Virginia late in June.

It is work like this that helps Canine Companions for Independence grow. All of us are part of the success. Keep up your dedication. Reach out and help when you can. When good things happen, take some time to step back and enjoy the moment before moving on, because you know there will be more work to be done. But it's work we love doing. Thanks for your dedication; I look forward to working with you!



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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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