South Central Training Center

Serving the state of Texas

young girl next to assistance dog


The Canine Companions South Central Region opened in 2015 to serve the state of Texas. The Kinkeade Campus at Baylor Scott & White Health is located in Irving, Texas and is the first assistance dog program to partner with a healthcare system. The campus is named for United States District Judge Ed Kinkeade, who took the lead in bringing this partnership together. We look forward to continuing to enhance lives through our wonderful assistance dogs in the Lone Star State.

There are numerous ways to get involved. Please use the navigation pane on the right to learn more!

Canine Companions is closely monitoring developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are taking precautions to limit its effect on our operations, including cancelling or postponing large group events and non-essential activities, including most travel, public campus tours and on-campus group activities. Our campus is currently closed to visitors and volunteers. Please be patient with us as we may reschedule some appointments and activities. We look forward to being able to see you and serve you in our usual fashion as soon as possible!

South Central Region Staff:

Michelle Davison, Executive Director | Ryan Barrera, Senior Development Director | Laura Gray, Volunteer & Events Coordinator | Courtney Craig, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator | Dan Rollings, Program Director | Becca Bell, Puppy Program Manager | Alexandra Walch, Client Services Program Manager 

South Central Region Board of Directors:

United States District Judge Ed Kinkeade, Board Chair | Bill Anderson | Mandy Anderson | Dr. Alejandro (Alex) Arroliga | Andrea Barefield | W. H. (Bill) Brian, Jr. | Diane Brierley | Catalina Cooper | Dr. Bill Cunningham | John Drake | John Goodrich | Kim Hartz | Kristen Hinton | Bill Hooten | Pamela Jones | Erin LaMonte | Dr. Michelle Ludwig | Ralph “Skip” McBride | Nikki Moll | Todd Patterson | Nick Serafy

Texas Puppy Raisers Needed!

puppy running in the grassMore Texas puppy raisers means more Texans’ lives forever changed. Volunteer puppy raising is a unique way to make an impact in your community and give the gift of independence to someone with a disability. To learn about becoming a volunteer puppy raiser please click here

Six dogs lined up next to Kinkeade Campus sign

Canine Companions for Independence

Kinkeade Campus
at Baylor Scott & White Health
7710 Las Colinas Ridge
Irving, TX 75063
(214) 259-4700 Voice
(800) 572-BARK (2275) Toll-free

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