Become an SDWR Annual Volunteer Ambassador to help families in need receive service dogs. By becoming an Annual Volunteer Ambassador, you can help bring families with disabilities therapeutic relief and peace of mind that comes with a highly-skilled Service Dog. You can make life better for individuals by raising funds, awareness and education for SDWR and the community. This volunteer opportunity gives you the chance to make a real impact towards those with invisible disabilities. We are currently in need of Annual Volunteer Ambassadors to raise awareness in their communities and set achievable fundraising goals to help us better support the SDWR family.
Service Dog Raiser Program
Our Volunteer Service Dog Raisers donate their time to help start the foundation for the pups to be future Service Dogs and to help those with invisible disabilities. SDWR tries to help with some of the financial burden of this for our Volunteer Service Dog Raisers. We supply them with a crate, Seresto collar for fleas and ticks, heartworm meds, leashes, collars, toys, treats, dog food and many other things. When you become an Annual Volunteer Ambassador for SDWR, you will help raise the necessary funds to offset some of the financial burden for the Organization so we can continue to help our volunteers.
Fallen Officer Puppy Program (FOPP)
We name pups after Officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, losing their lives in the line of duty. Your donations will help to cover items like food, kenneling cost, vaccinations, Service Dog vest, training and placement with a family.
Grants for Service Dog Recipients
From time to time, SDWR offers Grants to individuals who will be receiving a Service Dog. Your donations will help SDWR continue to be able to offer those Grants to deserving families.
When you become an Annual Volunteer Ambassador, raising funds for SDWR, those funds can go towards a family who unfortunately lost their Service Dog in a tragic incident, i.e. a house fire, hit by a car, etc.
SDWR provides the opportunity for families to start thinking about and begin raising the necessary funds in advance for their next Service Dog. Once a family’s current Service Dog retires, they may wish to obtain another to continue taking care of their loved one, their child, themselves, whomever the Service Dog is for. The Hope Chest Program allows families to begin raising the necessary funds in advance to be able to receive their new dog when they need it. Your donations can help to offset the cost of this for SDWR and the families which it serves.
Your donations can also go towards helping SDWR continue its mission to help those with invisible disabilities. It costs SDWR nearly $50,000 to train a Service Dog from start to finish. This includes travel to the families multiple times over a 12-18 month period, trainers salaries, veterinary cost, food, kennel cost, service dog vest, toys, treats, leashes, collars, etc.
Families who receive a dog from us become Ambassadors and make a pledge to raise funds. SDWR is able to cut the cost nearly in half for families because of generous volunteers like yourself. SDWR would like to be able to cut this cost down even further. With help from generous volunteers, like yourself, we will be able to accomplish that.