Welcome to Gold Rush Champions (GRC)

An all volunteer chapter of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and the ongoing support needed to ensure a sucessful graduate team. GRC is a group of volunteers who work together to support the mission of CCI and to help local breeder/caretakers, puppy raisers and graduate teams in the greater Sacramento valley region, as well as the greater Reno region.

GRC Announcements

The current issue (Fall 2013) is available here or for past/present/future issues go to the GRC Newsletter page located under the Home menu.

Posted On: 4/15/2011

Last Updated: 2/5/2014

GRC Highlighted Events

Paws Helping Hands in Education


This event is taking place at an ARCO station in Roseville and is an awareness/fundraiser event in conjunction with a local charity run by a CCI graduate. This is a very busy ARCO station at a very busy intersection in Roseville. We will be there to expose a large number of people to CCI that might not normally ever hear of us. We will be there with Hands in Motion (HIM), a local organization that encourages students to reach their full potential, that is run by a CCI graduate with help from his hearing dog. This is a test case to see if we can reach out to the public and get them interested in CCI at a non dog specific location and with people going about their daily lives. The ARCO station owner and graduate have high hopes that this can turn into a bigger event in the future with more ARCO stations participating.


Carly will be holding classes at this event along with us having an info booth and some other red carpet events with our dogs. Please come out and support this new approach to promoting CCI and it will be a great place to socialize your puppy and to get them some new experiences.


We are particularly anxious to get some graduate teams out here to help with the red carpet portion of this event. If you have an interest in helping and would like more information please contact me. The more graduate teams we can get the better. I can be reached at the address or phone below:


Warren Strand

(530) 409-9113

Website Information

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Posted On: 1/12/2010

Last Updated: 5/29/2011

Please note that only GRC members registered on this website can volunteer for our demos/events and to volunteer you need to be logged in to the website. If your [username] is showing in the upper right of the menu bar with Log Out next to it, you are logged in. If "Register | Log In" In is showing in the upper right of the menu bar, you need to log in using your username and password. If you are having trouble logging in or have forgotten your username and/or password, please email me and I will help you log in. DO NOT Register for a second time as this will not solve the problem. If your are having problems accessing pages of this website or you cannot enter the needed information to register or volunteer, check the version of browser you are using and read the section below entitiled "Website Compatibility Information" for possible solutions before contacting me. Please send any questions or comments about the website to me at the address below, thanks.


Warren Strand:

Posted On: 6/1/2011

Last Updated: 7/10/2012

To Register click here or select Register on Menu Bar above.

All GRC Puppy Raisers, Breeder/Caretakers, Graduates & Volunteers need to Register.

Soon, only registered members will receive GRC class, demo and event notices.

By registering and logging in you will make it easier for us to manage classes, demos, events and keep members up to date. See Website information below for more details.

Posted On: 12/20/2009

Last Updated: 6/7/2010


1) Ability to access and easily change your own member information and have access to basic  contact information for other members.

2) Access to the new GRC Forums and Membership list which will replace the grcgroup forum and member list on Yahoo Groups.

3) Ability to manage and track your volunteering for GRC demos and events online.

4) Access to file and photo upload/download storage on website.

5) System to track each of your CCI dogs and important information for each.

6) Ability to automatically create driving directions to GRC classes and events.

7) Access to detailed GRC class descriptions and training information including commands.

8) Other new features still in the yet to be released or planning stages.

Posted On: 1/11/2010

Last Updated: 5/5/2010