Project information

Help Canine Partners train more amazing dogs

Canine Partners are working hard to increase the number of dogs it can train each year so that it can reopen the waiting lists as soon as possible and continue with its mission to transform lives.

June 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: Canine Partners

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  • Need


    Canine Partners would like to reopen the waiting list to new applicants as soon as possible so that the charity can transform even more lives. The charity would also like to be in a position where they can change even more lives every year and help even more people than ever before.


    With support from generous donors throughout the Big Give Christmas Challenge Canine Partners will be able to fund the purchase and training of more dogs to become life-changing assistance dogs like Natalie’s canine partner Faye.
    Funds raised through the challenge will also go towards helping the charity develop their in-house breeding programme, aimed at producing the best and most suitable puppies that can go on to become fully qualified canine partners.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Unsuspend and reduce the waiting list by the end of 2018 by raising income.


    » Canine Partners are actively hosting more fundraising events than ever.

    The success of this project will be marked by the reduction in numbers of applicants waiting to be matched with a canine partner and the reopening of the waiting list

    Aim 2

    Fund the development of the Canine Partners’ in-house breeding programme.


    » Recruit more brood bitch holders - who support the breeding programme by looking after the dogs that will give birth to the next generation of dogs
    » Recruit more volunteer puppy parents – these volunteers look after the puppies

    The success of this project will be marked by the reduction in numbers of applicants waiting to be matched with a canine partner and the reopening of the waiting list

    Aim 3

    Invest in improving Canine Partners’ training facilities to increase output


    » Develop and complete the Canine Partners Midlands Training Centre in Leicestershire.

    The success of this project will be marked by the reduction in numbers of applicants waiting to be matched with a canine partner and the reopening of the waiting list

  • Impact


    In the long term this project will enable Canine Partners to provide even more life-changing dogs each year for people with disabilities like Natalie Preston who is supported by her canine partner Faye.
    In addition the breeding programme will ensure more dogs are enlisted to become mothers to the next generation of canine partners. In turn meaning that more puppies can begin their journey to partnership and successfully embark on their training.


    Not all puppies in training with Canine Partners pass the relevant test and stages for them to become a partnered canine partner. Puppy training is monitored regularly and puppy parents attend regular training classes and support throughout the dog’s early stages. Puppies and dogs in training will not continue on their journey to partnership if health or behavioural issues persist or affect their working capability.


    The charity shares with members of the public through their website and the media, the number of dogs partnered each year as well as the updated status to the waiting list and hence application list. This means that donors will be informed regarding success on the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £200,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £80,000 Puppies (x 100) Purchase of new puppies from trusted breeders
      £20,000 Breeding programme Purchase and care of five brood bitches
      £100,000 Midlands centre Internal kit out of the kennel building for dogs within advanced training at the Midlands Centre.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Bancroft Trust £10,000 Guaranteed
    Roger and Jean Jefcoate Charitable Trust £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Canine Partners is a small national charity that provides assistance dogs to people with physical disabilities across the UK. The puppies live with volunteer puppy parents in England during their first year and receive training with support from our 14 satellite puppy training centres. After their first year of training, all puppies go to our advanced training centres in either West Sussex or Leicestershire.


    More than 1.2 million people are currently living with a physical disability in the UK and many of these individuals could benefit from one of our amazing assistance dogs.
    Canine partners transform the lives of people with a range of conditions that affect their mobility and consequently independence including those with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, MS, spina bifida, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and people that have had serious injuries or amputations including members of the armed forces.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Canine Partners has 27 years’ experience in training amazing assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities. Since the charity was founded in 1990 more than 700 canine partners have been trained and partnered with individuals in need of assistance and support, including nearly 400 that are currently active.
    The charity adopts the highest standards of training and care for both dog and partner.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Andy Cook

    CEO of Canine Partners

    David Bailey

    Director of Operations at Canine Partners

    Clive Murray

    Director of Finance at Canine Partners

    Anne Yendell

    Director of Fundraising and Communications at Canine Partners