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SERVICE DOGS EMPOWERING PEOPLE

Providing Service Dogs to Empower People

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Mission Statement
Providing service dogs for Veterans and civilians with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury, as well as female survivors of sexual violence.

SDSP Philosophy
Service Dogs Empowering People brings together both people in need and highly educated dogs, forming optimal partnerships that are most effective in fostering civilian independence and self worth.  We believe that the people and dogs in these partnerships are equals, and the quality of existence for all partners is of critical importance to us. We educate dogs and people in a way that allows mutual growth and satisfaction, with the ultimate goals of both successful integration into society and dramatically lowered suicide rates.

Enhancing Human and Animal Integration

Service Dogs Empowering People offers the life-changing therapeutic assistance of positively trained Professional Service Dogs to individuals who are affected by non-visible disabilities such as PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, and PTSD as the result of surviving Sexual Violence. Our mission is to train all of our Service Dogs with 100% Positive Conditioning, which increases their willingness to learn and lengthens the dog’s working years. This is an integral aspect of what sets us apart, along with our commitment to serving exclusively those populations who are frequently denied Service Dogs due to the invisibility of their disabilities.

Service Dogs are generally available to persons with disabilities at no cost—however, the specific challenges each individual has plays a large role in their being accepted by one of a very few Service Dog training facilities within the US. Access is limited as there are very few facilities available to choose from, which considerably narrows options for people with disabilities. Adding the preference for a positively trained dog makes it nearly impossible to be matched with a Teammate within the current system. Considering the incredible need for Service Dogs across the US (“An estimated 8% of Americans − 24.4 million people − have PTSD at any given time. That is equal to the total population of Texas” we understand that now is the time for a new paradigm of training and accessibility that honors the dogs themselves and the humans seeking their assistance.

READ PTSD STATISTICS

Enhancing Human and Animal Integration is one of our key objectives. Respect for the animals is at the center of our endeavor. The constant therapeutic presence of the dogs, the extremely high level of service they provide, and their ability to provide for humans specific skills and support leading to affecting change their human’s lives, elevates them to the same level as the human on their Team and makes them an invaluable resource. The demand for Service Dogs is high and more Veterans and persons with disabilities are adding themselves to 2-5 year waiting lists every day. More than 350,000 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have sought help from the VA for PTSD.

READ FOX NEWS ARTICLE

The VA published a study acknowledging that 20 veterans are committing suicide each day.

READ VA STUDY

Training Service Dogs and matching them with persons with PTSD not only saves lives—it improves the quality of those lives tremendously and makes it possible for those individuals to participate in their communities. We believe these dogs can help save thousands of lives otherwise lost to PTSD and an overwhelming inability to cope.