Support Dogs now has holiday cards available! The cards are $15 for a pack of 12 cards and envelopes. Also available are tribute sheets which lets your special someones know that a donation has been made to Support Dogs in their honor for the holidays. The cards are a wonderful way to spread holiday cheer for the holidays. Please click here for an order form and a description of the holiday cards or order by calling the office at (314) 997-2325. All proceeds from the holiday cards benefit the prorgams of Support Dogs, Inc.
In an effort to meet the increased demands for services, Support Dogs launched the "Building Opportunities" Capital Campaign in April 2012 to construct a 23,000 square foot facility to better meet the needs of the community. The goal of the Campaign is $3.5 million, which will allow funds to purchase land and construct a new facility. To date, the Campaign has raised $2.8 million (click here to see a list of major contributors). In December of 2012, Support Dogs purchased a 3.87 acre parcel of land on the SE corner of Page and Lindbergh (10955 Linpage Place). Support Dogs held its groundbreaking ceremony on August 22 and a "virtual open house" for the community on August 24. The project is scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2014.
KMOV Channel 4 did a story on Support Dogs and its view of websites selling fraudulent assistance dog equipment, as well as those people who misrepresent their dogs as service dogs and how that affects those clients who really need this legitimate service. Click here to watch the video.
Support Dogs was featured on KTVI Fox 2 News In The Morning, on Wednesday, August 20, speaking about the ground breaking of the new facility on August 22, and the Virtual Open House on August 24. Click here to watch the video clip.
The ground breaking ceremony for the new Support Dogs' facility was held on August 22. Support Dogs was featured on KSDK Newschannel 5. Click here to watch the video clip.
Support Dogs, Inc. (SDI) is thrilled to announce that 2013 marks our 30th anniversary for providing services to the St. Louis Community. SDI first began as a 501 (c)(3) organization, placing service dogs to help those with physical disabilities in 1983.
Through the years, the scope of Support Dogs’ services has evolved to include placing service dogs with children who are physically disabled, Hearing Dogs for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, and pairing Psychiatric Service dogs with individuals who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Support Dogs continues its proud tradition of placing all of our assistance dogs at no cost to our clients.
Additionally, Support Dogs has a pet visitation program called TOUCH (Therapy of Unique Canine Helpers), in which volunteers and their own dogs are certified to visit various healthcare facilities in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. In addition to TOUCH, volunteers and their dogs may participate in the Paws For Reading program, where a dog and its handler visit local elementary schools and libraries, using the dog as an incentive for the children to improve their literacy skills.
Heavily involved in the local community, Support Dogs offers public obedience classes for pet owners and their dogs, as well as a public education component, speaking to local groups and organizations about Support Dogs.
Would you like to have a dog in your life, but not on a permanent basis? Then think about becoming one of our Volunteer Puppy Raisers. By making a minimum commitment of six months to raising one of our assistance puppies in training, you will be providing the base skills and socialization needed for a well-trained assistance dog. Support Dogs is experiencing a dramatic increase in requests for assistance dogs and we need help from our community and people like you. Our staff will train you on how to train a dog effectively using positive reinforcement. And more importantly, you will be preparing a Labrador or Golden retiever puppy to grow and change someone's life forever. If you would like more information on becoming a Volunteer Puppy Raiser, contact our office at (314) 997-2325 or click here to send a quick inquiry. The more help we get from people like you, the more we can help those who need the assistance from a service, hearing, or psychiatric service dog.
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