Opened in Irving in November 2015, Canine Companions for Independence® (CCI) at Baylor Scott & White Health-Kinkeade Campus matches specially bred and trained service dogs with recipients who will benefit from having one of three types of assistance animals produced at the Irving campus:
- Service Dogs that assist adults with physical disabilities by performing daily tasks
- Companion Dogs that enhance independence for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities
- Facility Dogs that work with a professional in a visitation, educational, criminal justice or healthcare setting.
This facility will eventually train and pair 60 assistance dogs each year–adding to the 300 animals produced by CCI at its five other facilities nationally. The Irving campus represents the first time that CCI has partnered with a health system to create assistance animals to help people live healthier, more independent lives. We are thrilled that CCI and Baylor Scott & White Health are working together, and Irving Healthcare Foundation is proud to raise funds in support of this great program.