Facts and Figures

Our latest figures

  • We have 408 working partnerships across the UK
  • We have created a total of 901 partnerships since we were founded
  • In 2021 so far we have created 21 partnerships.
  • We currently have 75 applicants on our waiting list.
    Read more about applying for a canine partner here.
  • We have 77 puppies out with Puppy Parent volunteers at the moment.
  • We have 11 broods and currently 53% 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