Canine Companions for Independence

Wounded Iraq War veteran Sam Cila and his service dog, Gillian. (Credit: CBS2)

Wounded L.I. Veteran Commemorates Harrowing Anniversary On July 4, Plows Ahead

This Fourth of July weekend holds special meeting for a Long Island veteran, who was observing the tenth anniversary of injuries that nearly killed him in Iraq.


Shea Megale celebrates the graduation of her new assistance dog, Pierre, in Medford, Long Island on Friday, May 15. (Credit: CBS2)

Assistance Dogs Graduate Into Life Helping People With Disabilities On Long Island

It was a graduation day on Long Island Friday, as some very special students set out to begin a life of service.


Melanie and Matisse (Credit: CBS 2)

Canine Companion Gives Teen With Cerebral Palsy A New Lease On Life

Doreen Morano was fighting back tears of joy Friday as her 13-year-old daughter Melanie graduated with 12 others — not from high school, but from Canine Companions for Independence.


A service dog and its owner take part in the 94th annual New York City Veterans Day Parade on Fifth Avenue on Nov. 11, 2013. (credit: Getty Images)

Seen At 11: Man’s Best Impostor? Fake Service Dogs A Growing Problem

More people are pretending their pets are trained medical companions, which is creating a big problem for people who really them.


Oksana the painting dog. (Photo: CBS 2)

Sure, Your Dog Can Follow Common Commands, But Can It Paint?

Oksana’s work may not qualify as fine art, but it is art with a fine purpose. Her paintings are auctioned off to benefit Canine Companions for Independence.


This service dog from Canine Companions for Independence will march in the inaugural parade in Washington D.C., on Jan. 21, 2013.

Canine Companions For Independence To March In Presidential Inaugural Parade

All eyes will be on Pennsylvania Avenue in our nation’s capital on Monday for the inaugural parade. And some of the parade marchers will be walking on four legs.


Bronksey the facility dog (credit: CBS 2)

Staten Island ‘Facility Dog’ To Help Victims Of Sexual Abuse

The Staten Island District Attorney’s office has a new employee who can lend a helping paw — a dog named Bronksey.


James Van Thach with Liz (Credit: CBS 2)

Iraq War Veteran Forms Extra-Special Bond With Canine Companion

A local Iraq War veteran lost sight in his left eye, his ability to practice law and some mobility. And now he’s counting on a canine companion to help with the little, but important things in life.