Our Vision

A 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 now

We 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.

Next Step

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.  

Latest News

Statement regarding Inside Out programme
Canine Partners is providing the following statement following a programme on Inside Out on Monday 5 October.

Determined David is all set for his ‘Clock to Rock’ cycling challenge
Selfless fundraiser David Ainger will cycle 1,600 miles from the clock of Big Ben in London to the Rock of Gibraltar to try and raise as much money as possible for assistance dog charity Canine Partners.

Organise a party and transform people’s lives
Gather your friends, family and colleagues together during October and organise a party in aid of Canine Partners to transform the lives of people with disabilities.

CEO's Blog

Herd of elephants? And brilliant Bedford.

01 Dec

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

Canine Partners’ Leicestershire Training Centre

Canine Partners needs to raise £3.1million to build a second Training Centre in order to train more dogs and change more lives.

We have purchased a site in a village called Osgathorpe, halfway between Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Loughborough, which has a range of barns, outbuildings and associated land. The plan is to replace the barns and adapt some of the outbuildings to create the specialised buildings we need.

Having a Midlands Training Centre will not only increase our output, it will also make the charity far more accessible for those on our waiting list who are unable to make the long journey to our centre in West Sussex. 42% of the applications we received last year were from people living in the mid and northern regions of the UK. Many of our existing partnerships will also benefit from being able to receive support from the new centre.

The site will consist of a training centre and office facilities, fully accessible accommodation and kennelling.

This is an extremely exciting time for Canine Partners and we would be delighted to receive your support.

For more information about this project, please contact Cat Harvey on 01730 716018 or email catharvey@caninepartners.org.uk

Jobs available at the new centre will be advertised on our Vacancies page here: Work for us