The FSDS is an Arizona-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and currently operates three programs:
- Community-based service dog training program– this unique hybrid program allows for three levels of participation. Individuals who are seeking to acquire service dog training skills may participate and learn to become a trainer by raising a dog for someone in need. At the same time, individuals who are in need of a dog to mitigate their own disabilities and are physically able to participate in the training are provided a dog and permitted to participate in the class. Individuals who will receive a dog being trained by a student trainer may elect to attend weekly classes to work with the dog during the training process. Strong preference is given to military veterans and first responders.
- Outreach Certification Program– this program allows privately trained teams, that reside outside of geographic proximity to a service dog training program, to achieve certification. The FSDS has built a network of qualified trainers and evaluators who are available to provide in-person testing and evaluation of candidate teams. Candidate teams may apply to become certified, and qualified trainers may apply to become an evaluator in our network. Programs that wish to become a part of our network may now apply to become an FSDS certified training program.
- Canine Safety Program– we currently offer two levels of training: Basic and Advanced Life Support. Basic life support (BLS) training includes first aid and CPR certification, as well as information on prevention of illness and injuries. Our advanced life support (ALS) workshop is an introduction to paramedic level skills such as IVs, intubation, heart and breath sound recognition and more. This program has been approved by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AZ-POST) Board for continuing education credits (CEUs).
The Foundation for Service Dog Support (FSDS) is an Arizona-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides support and resources for people and service dogs. The FSDS provides training for service dog teams, support and encouragement for people who need service dogs and increased community awareness about the role of service dogs in public spaces. The FSDS preferentially grants service dogs to injured and/or disabled first responders, public safety officers, disabled military veterans, public school teachers, clergy and others who have provided outstanding service to our community.
The vision of the FSDS is a service dog friendly community, absent discrimination, where team members may go forth in confidence and enjoy a high quality of life.
The FSDS is a 501(c)(3) organization, and received its tax exempt status from the IRS on July 31, 2008.
The FSDS files a 990 each year with the IRS. In accordance IRS public disclosure regulations, returns must be available for a three-year period beginning with the due date of the return. The FSDS makes available these reports for the prior five-year period.
Corporation Commission Reports
The FSDS files an annual report with the AZ Corporation Commission. Our file# is 14301297.