About Us


For 26 years, Canine Partners for Life (CPL) has been dedicated to training service dogs (including various types of medical alert dogs) and home/residential/courthouse companion dogs, to assist individuals who have a wide range of physical, neurological and cognitive disabilities.

CPL was founded in 1989 by Darlene Sullivan, a former special education instructor and animal trainer. The organization flourished, and in 1997, CPL purchased a 45-acre property in Cochranville, PA and expanded further.

Today, the facilities include an office building for a staff of  28, a state of the art kennel and a training center. To date, CPL has placed over 650 service and companion dogs in 45 states.

Canine Partners for Life is a recognized and highly respected leader in the assistance dog industry. It was one of the first service dog organizations in the world to be accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI).

The total cost to raise, train, place, and provide lifetime support for each CPL dog is estimated to be more than $30,000 per dog. The organization utilizes a sliding scale based on income to determine the suggested donation for each recipient, ranging from $1,000 – $3,000. No one is denied a canine partner because of their inability to donate this amount.