Canine Companions for Independence
Chief Development Officer

Barbara Barrow is the chief development officer of Canine Companions for Independence. Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

Prior to Canine Companions, Barbara worked for the American Heart Association's Inland Empire Division, the San Diego State University (SDSU) Research Foundation and the SDSU Alumni Association. Before entering the non-profit sector, Barbara played golf on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour for ten years.

Barbara shares her heart and her home with a Schnauzer named Bonnie, an Australian Shepherd mix named Jaxon and a Black Labrador named Mo.

Articles by Barbara Barrow

Make Everyday Independence Day

It takes a distinct form of courage to take on a job called “explosive ordnance disposal technician,” especially while serving in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan. Charlie is that kind of brave. Even while recounting how he was injured, Charlie is matter-of-fact. “I stepped on an IED (improvised explosive device). When I came to and […] Continue Make Everyday Independence Day

Phoenix Volunteer Raising Future Assistance Dog

Phoenix resident Sue Schmitz recently brought home an adorable Labrador/Golden Retriever cross puppy named Yuri IV. Although she has quickly fallen in love with the smart and playful bundle of fur, Sue’s intention is to give him away. If all goes well, Yuri will become an assistance dog for someone with a disability through Canine […] Continue Phoenix Volunteer Raising Future Assistance Dog

Service Dog is Perfect Match for Man with Disability

Twenty-seven-year-old John Ekman of Riverside was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). His diagnosis has meant a lifetime of physical challenges. “I don’t leave home without a friend or family member,” he explains. Sometimes, his limitations take an emotional toll, as well. However, recently John’s daily life got a little easier. In February, John was […] Continue Service Dog is Perfect Match for Man with Disability

Thriving with Service Dogs

Buddy is a retired photo editor. Dani works in marketing. Therese is a student at John Paul the Great Catholic University. Although diverse in age and backgrounds, the three have a few things in common. They all have quadriplegia. They all live in San Diego County. And they all received service dogs from Canine Companions […] Continue Thriving with Service Dogs

Service Dog Serves up Love, Help

“A whole lot of happiness, a whole lot of love and a whole lot of independence!” This is what Pamela’s service dogs from Canine Companions for Independence have meant to her.   Pamela, of Ventura, has a spinal cord injury. She has relied on a service dog’s help with everyday tasks since 2002. In May […] Continue Service Dog Serves up Love, Help