Founded 29 years ago, Canine Partners is a charity dedicated to training dogs to assist physically disabled people in the UK.
Petplan Charitable Trust has supported the charity with grants towards its neutering project and the Kennels and Dog Welfare Centre.
The dogs bring their human partners greater independence, helping them with day-to-day household tasks as well as offering invaluable emotional support and companionship.
Demand for assistance dogs far outstrips supply
Canine Partners is a national charity, partnering assistance dogs with people all over the UK. It has training centres based in West Sussex and Leicestershire. The charity relies heavily on volunteers, with over a thousand people volunteering in addition to 43 full-time and 40 part-time staff.
With over 1.2 million people using a wheelchair in the UK, and many who would potentially benefit from an assistance dog, the mission of Canine Partners is to provide a canine partner to everyone who needs one. However, demand outstrips the number of new partnerships Canine Partners is able to offer, and financial support is crucial for a charity that receives no Government funding. It relies on donations, corporate partnerships, trusts, foundations and legacies to raise the funds necessary to carry out its important work.
How we’re helping Canine Partners
At Petplan Charitable Trust, we’re delighted to have been able to support Canine Partners with two grants. The first, in 2016, was a grant of £5,000 towards the charity’s neutering project for its dogs, while in 2019 a second grant of £17,000 helped make significant progress towards the completion of the Kennels and Dog Welfare Centre at the charity’s Midlands Training Centre.
This new centre is designed to house 40 dogs in training – three times as many as the centre can currently accommodate. This will allow Canine Partners to help more physically disabled people, as well as enabling the charity to operate more efficiently and cost-effectively thanks to new rooms that improve the design of the facility as a whole.
PPCT grant supports charity’s ‘life-transforming work’
“The Petplan Charitable Trust’s commitment to the work of Canine Partners is helping the charity to continue its life-transforming work,” says Sara Read of Canine Partners.
Read adds: “The latest grant towards a project to complete the Midlands Training Centre for the charity’s amazing assistance dogs will benefit Canine Partners, and its beneficiaries, for years to come. We are extremely grateful for this generous support and look forward to sharing this very positive work with the charitable trust.”