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Rescue To Service

People Saving Dogs. Dogs Saving People.

Launched in January, 2016, this program identifies dogs needing forever homes that have the ability to become service dogs. Eventually dogs are matched with a person with a disability who wants to adopt a dog to train as their service dog. A service dog is individually trained to do tasks or perform work to mitigate a person's disability. 

Brief Program Overview

  • Partnering animal welfare agencies identify dogs that appear to have service dog traits.
  • An initial evaluation of the dog is done at Handi-Dogs Training Center.
  • Accepted dogs are placed in specially trained foster homes.
  • The fosters socialize the dogs and attend weekly training lessons at Handi-Dogs.  Working every day with the dogs, they teach the dogs core skills such as watch me, loose leash walking, sit, etc.
  • About 3-4 months later, the dogs are re-evaluated at Handi-Dogs.
  • Qualified dogs are matched with a person with a disability.
  • The 'matched person' adopts the dog and continues their service dog training at Handi-Dogs.

Interested in adopting one of these dogs? (For people with a disability who want to adopt a dog and train it to be their service dog.)
After reading the program overview, submit the following 2 forms.

1. Rescue to Service Application
2. Physician's Statement

Mail both forms to Handi-Dogs, 75 S. Montego Dr., Tucson, AZ 85710. Once received our Training Manager will contact you to set up a Consultation. ***NOTE: The current wait time is a minimum of 3 - 6 months to be matched with a dog after your application has been approved.***


Interested in becoming a foster home for this program?
After reading the job description, contact one of the partnering animal welfare agencies to let them know you are interested in volunteering with them in this program. Please note: Foster homes can NOT be the potential home of the person who will adopt the dog to train as their service dog.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM.

Partnering Agencies:
Arizona Greyhound Rescue
Humane Society of Southern Arizona
Pima Animal Care Center (PACC): Email Michelle to learn about volunteering with PACC for this program.  Michelle.lindorff@pima.gov

Thank you to the Zuckeman Community Outreach Foundation for their grant supporting this program.

Questions about this program? Email Service@Handi-Dogs.org or call 520-326-3412.

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