Canine Companions for Independence, the leading non-profit provider of highly trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities, is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Mundell as chief executive officer. Mundell will replace Corey Hudson who is retiring after 24 years.
“The National Board of Directors is confident that Paul will continue to position Canine Companions as a leader in the assistance dog world and successfully grow the organization as we enter our 40th year,” states Chairman John Miller.
Paul joined Canine Companions in 1989 as an instructor in the Northeast Region after studying at Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg in Germany. He later became the Northeast Region executive director. He’s held the role as national director of canine programs for the last 17 years, making far-reaching and critically important contributions to the profile of the ideal Canine Companions assistance dog, and is today an internationally recognized authority in the field of canine genetics and behavior.
“I’m excited to be a part of Canine Companions long-term growth and to continue to build our programs and services for people with disabilities,” shares Mundell.
Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence created the concept of assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities and has placed over 4600 assistance dog teams.
During Hudson’s tenure, the Canine Companions training program has moved forward tripling the number of teams graduating each year and increasing income from $1 million to over $19 million annually. “Under Corey’s leadership, Canine Companions for Independence has grown and excelled,” shares Miller. “We can’t thank Corey enough for his service and commitment to people with disabilities."
Mundell has developed partnerships with a variety of organizations that assist in the development of the canine program, including Duke University Canine Cognition Center, Eukanuba Dog Foods, The Buck Institute, Emory University, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M University. Additionally, Mundell is a consultant for the United States Marine Corps, assisting to develop specialized search dogs that will remotely detect improvised explosive devices. Recently, Mundell’s leadership led to Canine Companions being chosen as a contractor to furnish dogs for a study to be performed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to determine the potential benefits of canine support for Veterans with PTSD.
“Canine Companions is always at the forefront of canine assistance and therapy,” states Mundell. “This study is an opportunity to expand our support of Veterans through our Wounded Veteran’s Initiative and provide insight into the potential benefits of a highly trained assistance dog for individuals living with PTSD.”
Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. There is no charge for the dog, its training and ongoing follow-up services.