Last month, Baylor Scott & White Health CEO Joel Allison unveiled plans to build the first Texas training center for Canine Companions for Independence, the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, in Irving. The new center is to be named Canine Companions for Independence at Baylor Scott & White Health – Kinkeade Campus.
The announcement came during the graduation festivities for the inaugural Irving class of four assistance dogs and their new human partners.
Under the partnership, BSWH “finds patients who could benefit from having a service dog, covers the cost of training the dogs and their owners, and supports them once they are home,” The Dallas Morning News reported.
“It ties in to our mission,” Allison told The News. “We think of it as part of our commitment to serve and meet the needs of all the patients that we serve.”
This video captures some of the great moments from that day, plus more information about the new collaboration. To learn more about the assistance dogs or how to get involved, visit the CCI website.