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Mission: Our mission is to provide a skilled, devoted companion to support and assist a person living with disabilities -- creating a cohesive team focused on building a life of greater freedom and independence.

Results: Assistance dogs provide the perfect combination of companionship, obedience, usefulness and affection. Persons with disabilities rely on these special animals to perform a multitude of tasks and provide practical aid. When an ideal match is made, the mobility and freedom the dogs' efforts afford, help provide a new and profound sense of independence to the owner, creating a pathway toward a safer and more empowering way of living

Target demographics: Veterans and adults living with physical, behavioral or emotional disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6 Veterans, 3 Children and 5 Adults all living with various disabilites as well as many others through our therapy programs and our volunteer opportunities.

Geographic areas served: Pacific Northwest

Programs: Raising, training and placing service dogs that allow persons with disabilities to live a life of greater independence and freedom. Providing dog assisted support therapy. Providing volunteer opportunities for the citizens of our communities. Providing leadership skills and career training for the youth of our community.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Terri19


Rating: 5

I recently started volunteering for JLAD. Joy's (Director) passion is catching. Service dogs are life-changers and the demand is high. It takes a community of selfless volunteers to make it possible for someone to receive a well-trained service dog. I have seen how a service dog changed my daughter's life. Joy operates a professional organization with selfless determination. I am proud to be a part of JLAD.

1 Stephanie85


Rating: 5

I joined JLAD over a year ago as a puppy raiser and apprentice; it has been a wonderful experience. This is a group of truly dedicated volunteers who spend much time and energy providing working companions for people living with disabilities. Not only have I learned a tremendous amount about dog training and how much a well trained dog can change a person's life (mine included), I have also learned how boundless people's capacity for giving can be.

Joy, the Executive Director, has dedicated her life to fulfilling the JLAD mission. She is their for every dog and every volunteer, working tirelessly 24/7 to train and provide for our needs so we can get well trained dogs out to our clients as quickly as possible. She has committed the organization to helping our veterans by providing dogs, free of charge, to those in need.

I look forward to a long relationship with JLAD and highly recommend supporting this group in any way possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm truly blessed to have met Joy and her puppy raisers and have received my Service Dog Mason. This program far exceeded my expectations and dreams :o)!!



Rating: 5

What an outstanding group of volunteers! All volunteers go beyond the call and serve tireleeely 24/7. They serve as members of the board, professionals of accounting, legal personnel, veterinarians, etc. The service they provide for those differently-abled is literally priceless.