Imagine not being able to pick up a set of keys, open a door, pull
down a window shade or carry a bag of groceries without asking
for help from family, friends and paid caregivers.
Now imagine overcoming these physical barriers and gaining independence with the help of a very special Canine Companions assistance dog.
•NEARLY 1 IN 5 PEOPLE in the U.S. have a disability
•3.8 MILLION VETERANS have a service-connected disability
•8% OF AMERICAN CHILDREN UNDER AGE 15 have a disability
Canine Companions for Independence® transforms the lives of children, adults and veterans with disabilities by providing professionally trained assistance dogs that assist with practical tasks as well as provide unconditional love and acceptance – free of charge. This powerful relationship leads to increased independence, self-esteem and inclusion for a person with a disability.HAUTE DOG I CHICAGO OverviewHAUTE DOG began in L.A. and expanded to Chicago in 2016 and Columbus in 2017. This will be the third year that we will be holding HAUTE DOG I CHICAGOHAUTE DOG I CHICAGO is a doggie runway fashion show that features some of Chicago’s finest alongside their couture canines or Canine Companions puppies, modeling the latest fashion of the season. All proceeds raised during HAUTE DOG I CHICAGO support Canine Companions mission of providing Exceptional Dogs for Exceptional People®. The value of each Canine Companions teams from the breeding of the dog through training, placement and retirement is $50,000. Through events, like HAUTE DOG I CHICAGO, and donor support we are able to provide these dogs free of charge to every recipient.