Canine Partners

Training assistance dogs for a brighter future

We are going to train more amazing assistance dogs to give people with physical disabilities greater independence, dignity, freedom and reassuring companionship. These funds will help us to recover from the impact of Covid-19 and rebuild our life-transforming services around the UK.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (803680)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by Candis Club


  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Armed Forces/Emergency ServicesArmed Forces/Emergency Services
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the isolation felt by our most clinically vulnerable and the need for frontline care and regular communication in order to maintain both physical and mental wellbeing. For those with physical disabilities, demands on the NHS and the need to shield meant many found themselves more isolated than ever. Anxiety grew in tandem with the threat to health. People who would have benefited greatly from having a canine partner had their applications put on hold.


We will train more of our amazing assistance dogs to give people with physical disabilities the ability to remain independent, the motivation to get up and go out each day, the companionship that means they are never alone and the security of having help at hand 24 hours a day. We are resuming the activities which were put on hold in the pandemic and giving more people the gift of independence so they can be safe, well and positive about their future.

  • “It’s easy to tell you the impact Laurel has had on my life but it has also had a massive impact on my family; my partner is a partner again and not a carer, my children have a mum back who can take them drinks when they are ill and tidy up after them.”

    — Miriam and canine partner Laurel

  • “Barnabus has made me whole again and he loves his job wholeheartedly. Now, instead of being the one who is cared for, I have a responsibility to care for Barnabus. I feel as though I have a purpose in life again – I feel useful not useless."

    — Rosie and canine partner Barnabus

  • “I have had significant mental health issues for years...I do not like to think how I would be without Skye for company as at times she is the only one keeping me going. Without her I would not have any reason to go outside and I would only see one carer a week.”

    — Louise and canine partner Skye