Canine Companions for Independence 

Canine Companions for Independence 


As a part of the founding vision of the Irving Marathon, we are committed to being an active participant in the community in which we run, live and thrive.  To provide the most meaningful impact possible, we've partnered with the Irving Healthcare Foundation to benefit Canine Companions for Independence.  Since 2013, the Irving Marathon project has been blessed to donate nearly $30,000 through the Irving Healthcare Foundation to our partner beneficiaries.  

Rest assured, 100% of your donation goes directly to the Irving Healthcare Foundation.  

Canine Companions for Independence

Mission Statement

Our mission of Canine Companions for Independence is to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with highly trained assistance dogs and provide ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships throughout the service life of these teams.  

Canine Companions for Independence CEO Paul Mundell

Canine Companions for Independence CEO Paul Mundell

Impact Statement

Canine Companions for Independence is the premier non-profit organization providing highly trained assistance dogs free of charge to individuals, including children, veterans and other adults, with a variety of physical and cognitive disabilities.  We offer hope and enhanced independence to veterans and individuals with special needs when they are placed in in a service or skilled companion Graduate Team with one of our assistance dogs and also through interaction with our facility dogs that work in Graduate Teams with trained professionals in military, veteran or special need support settings. 

Assistance dogs from Canine Companions for Independence and the ongoing support we provide our Graduate Teams play a significant role in allowing the individuals we serve to live more independently, adjust better to dealing with their injuries and disabilities and improving the quality of life for them and their families.  With the advent of our new Texas training center in Irving, support for Canine Companions for Independence will expand awareness about the benefits our exceptional assistance dogs and the services we can bring to Texans living with disabilities.

Kinkeade Campus

In November 2015, we opened the new Canine Companions for Independence at Baylor Scott & White Health Kinkeade Campus.  The new campus is adjacent to Baylor Surgical Hospital at Las Colinas and will be used to train assistance dogs for placement, free of charge, to people with a wide variety of disabilities.  When fully operational, the nine acre campus will graduate up to 60 team per year.  The campus features two cabins with 7 residence rooms, kennels, indoor and outdoor training areas and other program spaces.  The Kinkeade campuses currently has 21 dogs in training for placement as one of three types of assistance dogs:

  • Service dogs – Assist adults with physical disabilities by performing daily tasks. 

  • Skilled companions – Enhance independence for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities 

  • Facility dogs – Work with a professional in a visitation, education, criminal justice or healthcare setting.

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