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Canine Partners For Life

Canine Partners for Life (CPL) is currently looking for new Board Members to join our team. We are a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to training service dogs, home companion dogs, and residential companion dogs to assist individuals who have a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities.

The Board of Directors meets twice quarterly during the evening, and twice annually for half-day retreats. Board members may also join standing committees with regular meetings and are encouraged to attend major annual fundraising events including "Open House" and "Unleashed and Uncorked." If you have the passion to change lives through the opportunities and independence afforded by a steadfast relationship with a service or companion dog, , please provide your resume to Janie Cramer, Executive Director of CPL via email:

Our Mission

The mission of Canine Partners for Life is to increase the independence and quality of life of individuals with physical, developmental, and cognitive disabilities or who are in other situations of need. We achieve our mission by providing and sustaining professionally trained service and companion dogs.

CPL’s primary efforts will be focused on an area within a 250 mile radius of Cochranville, Pennsylvania, but we look forward to continuing to place dogs with recipients from across the nation who come to us because our dogs and services are held in such high regard.

  • We train our dogs to meet the specific needs of individuals and the environments in which they are living.
  • We seek to establish a lifetime bond between dog and graduate.
  • We commit ourselves to a comprehensive program of follow-up training and support services to ensure each team’s success in achieving their goals.

More opportunities with Canine Partners For Life

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Canine Partners For Life


334 Faggs Manor Rd., Cochranville, PA 19330, US

Mission Statement

To increase the independence and quality of life of individuals with mobility impairments by providing professionally trained service dogs and support services. Each dog will be trained to meet the specific needs of individual recipients. Our support services shall ensure that our teams perform in a manner that promotes the welfare of the recipient, canine, and public. Our goal is to establish a lifetime bond between the recipient and the dog. Our efforts will be focused on, but not limited to, an area within a 250 mile radius of Cochranville, Pennsylvania.


Canine Partners For Life (CPL) is a nonprofit organization located in Cochranville, Pennsylvania, that trains and places dogs to assist individuals with a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities.

CPL trains full-service dogstoprovide physical assistance to their partner 24 hours a day in home and public environments (for example, individuals with disabilities caused by ALS, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, paralysis, amputation, and more). CPL also places full-service seizure-alert dogs to detect and alert to upcoming seizure activity. Finally, CPL places home-companion dogs with special-needs children or the elderly to work in the home environment.

Each dog receives training adapted to meet the specific needs of its human partner. Skills may include how to retrieve items; operate light switches, elevator buttons, and door openers; tug a laundry basket and put laundry in/out of the machine; roll someone over in bed to prevent sores; pay cashiers; open and close doors; assist with dressing and undressing; help an unsteady walker negotiate bumpy terrain or stairs; and a wide variety of other tasks. Just as important, the dogs provide a constant source of love and comfort.

Want to know more? Please visit or phone (610) 869-4902.

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334 Faggs Manor Rd.Cochranville, PA 19330



  • Veterinary
  • Human Resources Strategy
  • Legal (General)
  • Accounting
  • Management
  • Healthcare




  • Orientation or Training
  • Board Members are expected to attend at least 3 Quarterly and 3 Focus Meetings each year, and are asked to attend no less than 3 special events/Team Training per year. Term is 2 years, which may be renewed to a max of 3 consecutive terms.
  • Participation in fundraising and outreach for the organization. Is an active participant in the Board’s annual evaluation and planning effort. Organizational leadership and advisement.

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