We started our service dog program because we knew that people with disabilities experienced discrimination by not having equal access to their communities.
We knew we could address this issue and address the stigma surrounding shelter and “pit bull” dogs while we did it.
*applications for the program are currently closed.
We train psychiatric service dogs, hearing dogs, and mobility dogs to help with a variety of disabilities.
Our trainers visit shelters across the U.S. to choose our service dog candidates. We look for dogs who are good with handling, loud noises, and other animals, etc… We also look for confidence in their personality.
Both dogs and people are individuals. We match dogs and people based on a person’s needs, a dog’s skill set, and both of their personalities. After the pair is matched, we further tailor the dog’s training to meet the individual needs of the person.
Thanks to a grant from Petco Love, three of our service dog handlers, all with different disabilities, got to tell their story about how their service dog changed their life.