Help us Support Deserving Community Heroes
The FSDS is a 501(c)(3) organization and relies on tax deductible contributions to continue providing programs and services to individuals with disabilities. For those wounded in the line of duty, such as police officers and military, their disabilities live on long after the media attention and outpouring of public support. They continue to have needs. Equipment and service dogs must be replaced and these costs can be insurmountable. Most benefits to which they are entitled DO NOT cover service dog costs. A service dog increases independence and safety, and can dramatically improve the quality of life for those in need. Please give generously so that we may continue to provide individuals with these otherwise denied benefits. We also train facility dogs to work with crime victims, particularly abused children.
To date, most of our service dogs have been awarded to disabled military veterans.
Ways to donate
The Foundation for Service Dog Support, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, and we accept tax-deductible donations via paypal. If you are interested in sponsoring a fundraising event or working with our organization to develop new programs, please contact us directly.
How much does education and training cost?
The typical costs are approximately $15,000 per dog. However, through ongoing fundraising efforts and matching contributions of services, we are able to defray the cost to recipients to approximately $6,500.
Through the generosity of our donors, we are able to fully fund the cost of these dogs for individuals with a strong record of community service, and waive the fee completely. Depending on the availability of funds, we also attempt to provide up to 50% funding ($3,250) for individuals without a record of community service.
What would your donation go to?
In addition to helping fund the cost of current and future classes of service dogs, we are also seeking donations to grow our programs.
Our unique youth-based training program is gaining popularity in the community, and plans are underway to expand this program to provide opportunities for students at additional campuses in the coming year. At the current time, classes are held at each campus, but as we grow the cost of setting up a classroom at each location will become prohibitive. We are seeking donations to allow us to secure a dedicated facility and classroom space. This will allow us to set up one classroom in a central location, and accept students from multiple locations.
Payments for FSDS services
Alternately, you can use our donation form to provide convenient online payment for our programs and services. The options are as follows:
- Course fee for Canine Safety Program: $75.00
- Payments for Certification Program:
- Apply to become a Certified Team Exam: $234.00
- Certification Materials (after the exam- covers card, vest, and shipping): $75.00
- Apply to become an Evaluator: $50.00
Bill Weigt served in the U.S. Army. After being honorably discharged, Bill went to work as a Peoria Police Officer, to continue to serve his community. In December 2005, while working to apprehend a murder suspect, Bill was shot in the line of duty. He awoke from a coma three days later, on the morning of his birthday, to learn that he was paralyzed. Bill searched for a service dog but was told to expect a 3-5 year wait, and quoted high costs by other programs. The FSDS moved Bill to the front of the wait list and granted him his service dog “Zeus”, at no out-of-pocket cost to him.
Brandon Rumbaugh served as a U.S. Marine, and lost both legs when an IED exploded. While undergoing multiple surgeries and rehab at an Army Medical Hospital, he began to search for a service dog. Unable to locate a program that would place him as a priority on their wait list, Brandon turned to a military support group for assistance. The FSDS became aware of his plight when a group advocate appealed to us on his behalf. The FSDS immediately placed Brandon at the top of our wait list and awarded him a full scholarship for his service dog “Zoey”.
There are so many more who need our assistance. Please help us to help them.
Those who serve…deserve.