Service Dogs For Soldiers, Inc. is a Non-Profit Charitable Organization who's goal is to improve the lives of all those we touch. Our mission is to provide Disabled American Soldiers** with quality trained Service Dogs who will improve the soldier's safety, independence and quality of life. All Service Dogs will be presented to the Disabled Soldiers FREE OF CHARGE.
The President of our Organization is an Occupational Therapist who is now dedicating her 24 years of experience to helping Disabled American Soldiers improve their quality of life and increase their safety & independence during self-care tasks required of them throughout their day. She is assisted by her disabled husband, who is a retired Army Ranger and Law Enforcement Officer, who volunteers daily with the training and raising of all dogs and pups.
Harley and Bailee
Harley had our first litter on February 4, 2012. Her pups are currently fostered out to a program we have begun in conjunction with Polk Correctional Facility located in Polk City, Florida. Here they are paired with an inmate we have carefully selected for basic obedience training, advanced obedience training for AKC Canine Good Citizenship Test, general daily task assist and custom task assist focusing on the specific needs of the Disabled Soldier they will be presented to when fully trained.
Dogs meet trainers on first day in Polk Correctional Facility
For future litters, we are looking for private foster training homes in our local area to place the dogs in when approximately 12 to 16 months old. As a foster trainer you would accept placement of our Service Dog In Training coming from it's first year in the Polk Cortrectional Facility. You would work on advanced obedience training and passing the AKC Canine Good Citizenship Test, then being certified as a "Therapy Dog". You would also work daily on social skills within various settings in the community. Where ever you go, the Service Dog In Training goes. This is where they learn to ride in elevators & cars, how to behave in restaurants, movie theaters, doctors appointments, etc. and then continue on with advanced obedience and actual physical task assist training.
When the dogs reach 18 to 22 months old they begin to work on customized task training based on detailed evaluation of their Disabled Soldier's needs. We will be placing our first litter with their Disabled Soldiers in the Winter of 2014 - 2015. We are currently taking applications from Disabled Military Personnel who have a medical need for a custom trained Service Dog. Please see our Document Download page under the Service Dog Applications tab to download the document and begin the process of submitting an application.
We are planning to have our next litter in the Summer of 2015 and have much to do in preparation for that day. We are very proud that 100% of all charitable donations go towards our organization's training costs. Our overhead costs are minimal as we are based out of our own home--however, our day to day direct costs regarding raising & training our dogs is great.
We are very excited about the wonderful things our Charitable Organization has to offer everyone involved. It will truly be a win - win - win situation that deserving Disabled American Soldiers will ultimtely benefit from the most.
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** "Disabled Soldier" refers to any disabled military personnel including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.