The goal of this partnership is to further the noble mission of both organizations by providing rewards and comfort for the dogs. The dog’s that are a part of these programs are highly intelligent and wired to perform their tasks flawlessly. They require and deserve rewards and entertainment that help to relieve stress and help them relax after a day of working.
The Guide Dog Foundation (guidedog.org) and its sister organization, America’s VetDogs (vetdogs.org), were created to provide enhanced mobility and renewed independence to people who are blind or have low vision, veterans, active-duty service members, and first responders with disabilities, with the goal of allowing each recipient to once again live with pride and self-reliance.
“We’re thrilled to have this ongoing relationship with PetQwerks”, says John Miller, President & CEO, Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs, “Thanks to their generous donation of bones, all of our dogs in our care, from puppies and moms in the nursery to working assistance dogs, have a reliable and safe bone to relieve stress and relax after a day of work.”
September is National Service Dog Month. Every assistance dog has been individually trained to perform specific tasks for their owners, all whom have disabilities. The disabilities vary significantly, as do the tasks the dogs take on. For example, guide dogs learn how to lead a person in a straight line, find and follow a clear path, maneuver around obstacles (both on the ground and overhead), and stop at changes in elevation, such as curbs and stairs. Service dogs can be trained to provide balance, retrieve dropped items, interrupt nightmares, open and close doors, turn on and off lights, carry a backpack, and much more.
For more than 70 years, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. (www.GuideDog.org), has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to people who are blind, have low vision, or have other special needs. The Guide Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving clients from across the United States and Canada. The Foundation relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to serve people with disabilities. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but the Guide Dog Foundation provides its services completely free of charge to the individual. Its sister organization, America’s VetDogs, trains and provides guide, service, and hearing dogs for disabled veterans and first responders. The Guide Dog Foundation was the first assistance dog school in the United States to be accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.
Since 2003, America’s VetDogs (www.VetDogs.org) has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to veterans with disabilities from all eras. In 2015, VetDogs opened its programs to first responders, including fire, police, and emergency medical personnel. America’s VetDogs is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the Guide Dog Foundation and serves clients from across the United States. VetDogs relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to help those who have served our country live with dignity and independence. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but America’s VetDogs provides its services completely free of charge to the individual. America’s VetDogs has been accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.