two people at airport holding Canine Companions puppy

Airplane full of puppies lands in Connecticut; pups to begin new lives assisting people with disabilities


A small private airplane landed at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks on Wednesday night, and delivered sweetness, joy and hope to nine families waiting on the tarmac.

Nine 8-week-old puppies, which were flown from California, were carried off the plane one by one and handed over to the people who will begin their training to become assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

Two Canine Companions puppies sitting in front of an airplane

Volunteer Pilots Transport Future Service Dogs


When the coronavirus pandemic made transporting future service dogs on commercial flights increasingly difficult, Canine Companions looked to private pilots for help and they stepped up in a big way, allowing the mission to continue in a difficult year.

two people standing in front of plane with crates of puppies

Precious Cargo Arrives in Orlando


While the coronavirus pandemic is limiting flights for many, it has not stopped Canine Companions for Independence from transporting its future assistance dog puppies. Thanks to volunteer pilots, these Canine Companions puppies flew more luxuriously than most of us ever will – on private planes.

Wavey and the Wave 3 Team

Welcoming Wavey


Canine Companions is excited to be partnering with WAVE 3 in Louisville to follow the journey of a very special puppy.