PenFed Credit Union Announces Plans to Raise Assistance Dog through Canine Companions for Independence

Employees at PenFed's Tysons headquarters will have the opportunity to apply to become a Volunteer Puppy Raiser

Canine Companions puppy with vest
Tysons, Va

TYSONS, Va., Jan. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — PenFed, the nation’s second largest federal credit union, has announced plans to raise an assistance dog through Canine Companions for Independence®. Employees at PenFed’s Tysons headquarters will have the opportunity to apply to become a Volunteer Puppy Raiser for a two-year training period.

“PenFed is proud to work with Canine Companions and provide support to those who have served our country and protected our freedoms,” said James Schenck, PenFed Credit Union President and CEO. “Assistance dogs provide unconditional love, companionship, and loyalty. They help open doors for service-disabled veterans to regain their independence. The PenFed Canine Companion will ultimately help a person with disabilities regain freedom in all aspects of life.”

PenFed announced its commitment at The National Press Club on Saturday, January 20 at Side by Side: An Evening with Veterans & Service Dogs, benefiting Canine Companions. The event recognized the life-changing relationship between veterans and their assistance dogs as a critical part of service members’ recovery and transition back home. PenFed was the title sponsor of the event and donated to the silent auction to raise funds for Canine Companions.

A PenFed employee will raise the puppy, who will join PenFed’s fast-growing team at PenFed Plaza in Tysons in spring 2018. The puppy will learn how to be a full-time companion by accompanying the employee to work every day and joining all of the employee’s personal activities. PenFed will provide updates throughout the training period via social channels – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Employees in PenFed’s largest member service centers in Nebraska and Oregon will have similar opportunities to raise assistance dogs in the future.

“We’re excited to form this new partnership with the employees of PenFed Credit Union, and we congratulate them for their ongoing compassion and commitment to helping people with disabilities,” said Debra Dougherty, Canine Companions Northeast Region Executive Director. “We know that PenFed employees will have a great experience supporting this new puppy as it begins its journey to become a highly-trained assistance dog. Canine Companions is extremely grateful to PenFed and their employees who are supporting our program and giving their time and energy to raise a pup that will soon be making an amazing difference in the life of a person with disabilities.”

About PenFed Credit Union
Established in 1935 as the War Department Credit Union, PenFed Credit Union is America’s second-largest federal credit union, serving over 1.6 million members worldwide with $23 billion in assets. Our long-standing mission has been to provide superior financial services in a cost-effective manner, while being responsive to members’ needs. PenFed Credit Union offers market-leading mortgages, automobile loans, credit cards, student loans, checking, certificates, and a wide range of other financial services with members’ interests always in mind.  PenFed Credit Union serves a diverse population, and no military service is required to join.  PenFed Credit Union offers many paths to membership, including numerous employee groups and association affiliations. PenFed Credit Union is federally insured by the NCUA and is an equal housing lender. To learn more about PenFed Credit Union, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us @PenFed on Twitter. Interested in working for PenFed? Check us out on LinkedIn. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

About Canine Companions for Independence®
Canine Companions for Independence® provides expertly trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities. Established in 1975 in California, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs in the United States. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between people and dogs. There is no charge for the dog, its training and on-going follow-up services. For more information, visit or call 1-800-572-BARK.

SOURCE PenFed Credit Union