Did you know that we adopt all our dogs from shelters?
Dear Contributors to Service Dogs, Inc.
People like you help people like me be more independent. I’ve spent all my life being severely hearing impaired. Having a tail wagging friend like Zorro in my life is definitely priceless.”
Josh Calzada, San Antonio
Meet our Hearing and Service Dog Teams and Individuals and help sponsor their training.
Do you think shelter dogs deserve another chance?
Do you think dogs can help people in amazing ways?
Service Dogs, Inc. uses all shelter and rescue dogs to train to assist people living with disabilities. Whether a Hearing Dog is alerting a deaf mother to her baby’s cry, or a Service Dog is picking up a dropped set of car keys for its quadriplegic partner, our strays turned stars provide increased independence, security and unconditional love to exceptional individuals who strive to live life to the fullest. (Founded in 1988)
The dogs are free of charge!
As part of the Service Dogs, Inc. family your donation helps fund the $20,000 cost of training each dog, so that we can provide them free of charge to our clients. dogs and training free of charge. Help us keep going by making a donation.
Yes, public access:
Learn more about public access laws and how to say hello to a working dog.
We keep it positive:
Service Dogs, Inc. uses positive training methods. We use fun, rewards and lots of surprises to keep our dogs motivated and eager to please. Read more about our training methods.
A lot goes into making this happen ~
Service Dogs, Inc. invests 1 Year and $20,000 into custom training each Hearing or Service Dog team. We rely entirely on donations, grants and our Mighty Texas Dog Walk proceeds to support our training program.
Dreaming of being a Service Dog Trainer?
Service Dogs, Inc. shares our dog training knowledge through our Trainers Academy including how we evaluate shelter dogs for our program, hands on training sessions with our dogs, public work and auditing opportunities with our trainers, dogs and client programs.
An Overview of our Programs
News and Events
- Aurora Borealis By Monica Johnson Editor’s note: Monica is on our wait list for a Service Dog. She is a counselor at St. David’s hospital. Her hobbies are swimming, scuba diving, wheelchair basketball and traveling. Monica was injured in a car accident in 1999. Life is an amalgamation of experience that ebbs and flows, with suffering and joy, invariably ...
- Jax Exceeded My Expectations By H. Bruce Brim Dog’s Name: Sandy’s Jax Sponsor: Sandra Didlake A little about me: My background, education, work, hobbies, family: A petroleum engineer by degree, with a BS-PEN in 1979 from UT-Austin, followed by licensure as a professional engineer. I was previously employed by Sun (now Anadarko Petroleum), and currently work with a landman, geologist, and 3 office ...
- Teresa & Ember Name: Teresa ‘Terrie” Heemsbergen A little about me: My background, education, work, hobbies, family: I’m a 68 year old female who retired from 20+ years of teaching nursing students at two junior colleges in Central Texas. I have been a working Registered Nurse since 1967 to current, working part time adjunct for the college. I do not attend ...
- The Domino Effect We adopted Domino from Austin Animal Center during Shelter Day of our Workshop for Professional Assistance Dog Trainers. Here he is working with Trainer Sarah Bond several months later. Sponsor: Mrs. Phoebe Perry
- Eric & Doc Splinter – Early In home training Eric and Doc’s training is sponsored by a $25,000 grant from the Gochnauer Family Foundation. Here, they practice the behaviors Doc learned at the training center.
- Found on the highway, this dog’s going places