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Linda and Michael*

Linda returned to CPL for her second service dog, Michael, when Roxy, her CPL partner of 11 years began to slow down. Initially she had thought perhaps that she …

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Partnership for Independence Campaign

Partnership for Independence - CPL

For the last several years, CPL has been in the quiet phase of an $8.5 million capital campaign, The Partnership for Independence Campaign. This campaign is a major strategic objective as we work to create facilities which are safe, accessible, appropriately sized, and respectful of the needs of the population of people we serve. The Partnership for Independence Campaign has two phases and we are proud to announce that as of February 2017, we have raised more than $5.4 million and expect to break ground on phase one, the Marian S. Ware Program Services Center, this March.

The Marian S. Ware Program Services Center

The Marian S. Ware Program Services Center will become the hub of CPL’s program activities; housing all staff (except kennel staff), a larger/improved harness shop, interview rooms for both applicant and volunteer interviews, multiple accessible restrooms, and multiple accessible entrances/exits.  In addition, there will be ample volunteer work stations and meeting spaces. The efficiency of the building will increase exponentially and the design will cater to our clients who utilize wheelchairs and scooters.

Mollie and Minor Barringer Training Center

When phase one is complete, and the remaining portion of the funding has been secured, we will begin phase two of the campaign, which will construct a brand new Training Center.

Mary and Libby Barringer shared, “Our parents loved dogs, especially Labs, for their friendly disposition and their intelligence. When they learned of the work of CPL, they were captivated by the idea that these qualities could serve to increase people’s independence and activity – states of being in the world that they valued highly. This use of an animal’s native abilities and bond to humans seemed to them an inspired partnership. After Mom died in 2012, CPL became even more important to our father – as a reminder of their shared passion, but also as a fascinating topic and a comforting link to the animal world. He treasured his “socialization” visits from puppies, and followed closely the ongoing research into the origins, nature, and uses of canine intelligence. He was proud to support the mission of CPL and in particular the work of training these amazing dogs for their work with their human partners.”

With a rapidly growing waiting list and more graduate support services required by our ever-expanding number of graduates nationwide, our facilities are hindering the safety and quality of services we can provide to a fragile population of people who have very specific and detailed needs. As our graduates return to the organization for successor dogs, they are always moved to the top of our waiting list, causing new applicants to be faced with waits of up to five years to receive a dog. Our facility cannot support further growth to meet the needs of our clients until we address critical facility improvements and expansion.

We are thrilled to expand our facilities to better address the needs of our clients and we invite you to join us on this exciting journey! You can track our progress through this webpage or by following us on Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to Canine Partners for Life’s exciting future!

Gallery Partnership for Independence Case for Support

The Partnership for Independence Campaign Cabinet

Dr. Richard Beeman and Ms. Mary Cahill
Mr. Michael Martin and Dr. Margaretta Frederick
Mr. Irving R. Gerber
Mr. and Mrs. Lance A. Gorton
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Hayward, III
Mrs. C. Victoria Kitchell
Ms. Diana W. Maxmin
Dr. and Mrs. Grafton D. Reeves
Mr. and Mrs. David Twing
Mr. and Mrs. Calhoun W. Wick

CPL thanks its lead donors to the Partnership for Independence Campaign:

Charles M. Barringer
Mr. and Mrs. Gerret van S. Copeland
Marilyn Ware of “The Woods” Charitable Foundation
The Estate of Lisa Moseley
The Longwood Foundation
Crystal Trust
Mr. and Mrs. David Twing
C. Victoria Kitchell
Phil and Daphne Reese


Check back soon for a complete list of donors.