Join us on Friday, May 17, 2013, for the Annual Dogs In The Ruff Golf Tournament to benefit Support Dogs, Inc. The event will be held at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park. Tickets are $125 per player or $500 for a foursome. Event registration fees include lunch, dinner, golf, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and cart. Lunch is served at noon with a shotgun start at 1pm. Click here to download a registration form. Start your weekend off early and plan on spending the day with Support Dogs, supporting a great cause!
Support Dogs has purchased a 3.87 parcel of land on the Southeast corner of Page and Lindbergh in St. Louis in anticipation of constructing a new facility in the future. Over the past several years, the organization has been experiencing a dramatic increase in requests for services in all programs - assitsance dogs, TOUCH, and Paws For Reading. Support Dogs chose a location that was central to the Metropolitan area and convenient for clients, donors, and volunteers. Although a date for construction has not been set at this time, the organziation wanted to move forward with securing land so that it would be available for future growth. More information will follow as the project moves ahead.
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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