Mission: Dogs for Better Lives (formerly Dogs for the Deaf) professionally trains dogs to help people and enhance lives while maintaining a lifelong commitment to all dogs we rescue or breed and the people we serve.
Results: In fiscal year 2017-18, we are working to professionally train and place 23 dogs across the United States. We are also working to grow our national ambassador program by adding more than 20 new volunteers across the country.
We're currently in the process of building an 18,852 sq. ft., 40-kennel Second Training Facility, which will enable us to triple the number of dogs we work with. We anticipate this new facility to be operational in Spring 2018.
Target demographics: people who are deaf or hard of hearing, professionals who work with people with disabilities, and/or a child on the autism spectrum
Geographic areas served: United States
Programs: certified hearing dogs, program assistance dog, and autism assistance dog
This was so fabulous to learn all that you do for the hearing impaired And service dogs for the autistic assistance dogs. Thank you Kelly, great tour guide.....Destini & her assistance dog to show us what she can do!
I love this business. So many helpful people who want the best for people who need 4-legged help in their lives. I love my dog that I got a couple months ago. She’s perfect and I couldn’t be more thankful for Dogs for Better Lives!
Known through Oregon Good Sam, had a very inspiring tour. Can't imagine a better place to contribute or volunteer. Such great work for people needing assistance as well as all the rescued dogs. Thanks for the tour and all of our great work..
We came to Dogs for the Deaf today to ask lots of questions, watch an informational video, tour the facility, and even got to meet a couple dogs in training and see a dog demonstration. Wonderful! Very friendly, knowledgable staff and volunteers. My daughter cannot wait to start her application process. Thank you!
Our visit was extraordinary! Staff and volunteers were so kind and considerate while taking us on tour. We learned so much! Thank you, thank you, thank you! We will come again. Our family MUST see this. We are so very grateful. Our dog Indy and this organization has saved my sister, Phoebe's life. Saved our family, really. Thanks again. Rose Nikas ( sister of Phoebe D.).
I came here to learn about how I could benefit from a hearing dog due to my hearing disability and I learned so much . The staff were very knowledgeable and TRUELY loved what they do. I am looking forward to working with them when I am reading for a hearing dog.