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April and Dale

April, from West Virginia, kept everyone laughing with her great sense of humor. Her new partner Dale has a sense of humor too. They bonded …

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Partner with a Dog

Service Dog Program

Greater independence, joy, fulfillment, confidence, security, and love are provided by CPL service dogs. Our service dog program is designed to help individuals who have a wide range of disabilities. CPL trains service dogs to assist individuals who have mobility impairments and balance disorders, difficulty using their hands/arms, health related fatigue issues, and people with seizure/cardiac syncope and Type 1 Diabetes disorders. People who have disabilities such as those listed below may benefit from a CPL service dog. If your disability is not listed, however you meet the criteria above and are interested in becoming more independent, you should consider applying for a CPL service dog.

  • ALS
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiac related disabilities
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic back/neck problems
  • Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy/seizure disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Narcolepsy/Cataplexy
  • Paralysis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Stroke

Service dogs bring freedom to their partners 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. A person partnered with a service dog has full public access rights as granted by federal law (The Americans With Disabilities Act), which allows them to take their dog into all public facilities. CPL service dogs are never separated from their human partners! The Canine Partners for Life service dog program spends two years preparing each dog for its working life. Service dogs must be physically sound, temperamentally stable, happy working partners. Great care is taken to select only the most appropriate dogs for this level of work. CPL  uses primarily Labrador retrievers  in  its service dog  program, but also utilizes golden retrievers,  poodles, and labradoodles.  CPL dogs come from three sources -  our own small breeding program, donated puppies  from responsible breeders  and occasionally  from shelters and rescues.

CPL does occasionally use Standard Poodles in our program, which are generally suitable for placement with individuals with dog allergies.  However, the wait for a Poodle will be significantly longer than for other breeds.  Requests for non-shedding dogs can only be considered when the applicant or a member of their household has an allergy to dogs that precludes placement with a dog that sheds.