Facts and Figures
Our latest figures
- We have 420 working partnerships across the UK
- We have created a total of 901 partnerships since we were founded
- In 2021 so far we have created 14 partnerships.
- We currently have 76 applicants on our waiting list.
Read more about applying for a canine partner here.
- We have 68 puppies out with Puppy Parent volunteers at the moment.
- We have 11 broods and currently 54% of puppies placed with puppy parents are bred by Canine Partners
- Over the last 3 years 60% of our dogs passed their training.
- The average age of the people who come to us for a canine partner is 42
- We have a total of 9 dual dogs (4 dual guide dogs and 5 dual hearing dogs) across the UK (those that are trained as Canine Partners and/or Hearing Dogs and Guide Dogs)
Facts about the Charity
- Canine Partners was founded in 1990
- More than 1.2 million people in the UK use a wheelchair
- In normal circumstances, we place around 78 dogs a year
- We aim to train a further 40 dogs in 2021, based on starting partnership creation in March
- We received over 500 email and phone enquiries about applying for a canine partner in 2020
- Training takes 20-24 months from puppy to partnership
- We currently have 11 puppy training groups around the country
- We have one centre in West Sussex and another centre in Leicestershire
- Each dog costs £30,000 from selection as a puppy to retirement at approximately 12 years of age.
- The Charity receives no government funding and relies on donations from the public, businesses and charitable trusts and legacies
- There are over 100 puppies with puppy parents at any one time
- In normal circumstances, we have 40+ dogs in advanced training at any one time but this is currently reduced to 27 due to the Covid-19 pandemic
- We have a network of aftercare assistants that look after all our partnerships until the end of the dogs’ working lives
- We aim to train dogs for people with even the most complex disabilities, including members of HM Armed Forces
- We work closely with Help for Heroes, the Royal British Legion and other service organisations in providing canine partners to injured servicemen and women
- We are members of COBSEO, the Confederation of Service Charities, Veterans Scotland and Assistance Dogs International