Today’s been a funny sort of day. At about 2pm this afternoon I received delivery of a very smart elephant, complete with sparkly Canine Partners jacket on its back. It isn’t a real one, I hasten to add. Just a papier mâché replica. But it is still pretty big, and unexpected. And thankfully housetrained. It turns out it comes from Horsham (don’t they all??), where it’s been part of the Elephantastic fundraising event. We were lucky to have three Canine Partners elephants in the herd of 183, sponsored by Wakefield’s the jewellers. And now he’s found his way into my office, until some lucky soul wins him in a raffle. Any offers? Read more
Our VisionA day when every disabled person in the UK knows about Canine Partners and has the opportunity to be partnered with one of our assistance dogs, from their local Canine Partners Training Centre.
Where we are nowWe currently have the capacity to partner 60 people a year with our assistance dogs, from our one Training Centre - that's 60 disabled people whose lives have been completely transformed by our dogs. But with over 600 disabled people a year making initial enquiries about our services, we clearly need to expand our capabilities.
To develop our second Training Centre in the Midlands, from where we can effectively double our capacity.
How can you help?
The training of every Canine Partner needs funding - the disabled person does not pay for this themself. We rely instead on the generosity of individuals, companies, clubs and societies as well as legacies, trusts and foundations. We receive no government funding. On average, it costs us £20,000 to train and support each partnership for life. These costs are broken down into all manner of smaller amounts. Please help us to train an extra 10 dogs a year, with each year that passes.
PLEASE SUPPORT US IN WHATEVER WAY YOU CAN - you can be sure that, as a small charity, your contribution will make a great difference.