Anchor Assistance Dogs

Providing increased independence and social connection through trained service dog partnerships.

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The heart of our program is to provide highly skilled service dogs to people in need. We accomplish this through our volunteer puppy raising program, and advanced service and facility dog training and placement.

Puppy Raising Program

Volunteers in the community teach basic obedience as well as house and public manners to our young service dog candidates in training. Our puppies need to be well socialized during their development to prepare them for their future rolls as service and facility dogs. Our volunteer puppy raisers invest a great deal of their time and finances to help our dogs succeed.

Service Dog Training & Placement

Our Service Dogs provide support to a child or adult living with a physical disability. Some of the disabilities we serve include, but are not limited to, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, amputations, paralysis, and neurological and other medical disorders that limit physical mobility and independence. Our service dogs are raised and trained to provide assistance to their partners at home, work or school, and other public settings. Our dogs provide our clients with increased independence and confidence along with personal companionship.

Some of the tasks our dogs are trained to do for our clients include retrieving dropped items, turning light switches on and off, providing minor counter balance assistance, opening and closing doors, and alerting a family member or caretaker when additional help is needed. Through our application and training process, potential clients help identify which tasks would be the most beneficial and provide more independence for them throughout their day.

Facility Dog Training & Placement

Our Facility Dogs provide support and therapy to many people through partnership with a professional serving children or adults in healthcare, education, courtrooms, and other government and nonprofit human service programs. Our facility dogs do not have the same full public access rights as our service dogs do; their job is to provide assistance to many people through work with their handlers. Our facility dogs live in their handler's homes and accompany them to work as needed to assist the clients they serve in their workplace setting. Our facility dogs are trained and well socialized prior to placement in preparation for their role. These dogs can provide animal assisted therapy treatment options for occupational therapists, counselors, social workers, healthcare, and other human service professionals. The human animal bond is powerful, and just the presence of a well behaved canine can provide a unique type of support and motivation for many individuals. We believe that the connection people have with canines can help breakdown social barriers, and provide a sense of comfort and hope.