Service Dogs Inc

About Us

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Service Dogs, Inc. transforms dogs abandoned to animal shelters or otherwise in need of homes into lifelines for people living with hearing loss or mobility challenges. Founded in 1988 by attorney Sheri Soltes, SDI provides the dogs and training free of charge.

Mission Statement
The Mission of Service Dogs, Inc. is to improve the quality of life of persons living with disabilities through providing custom trained Hearing and Service Dogs.


  • To bring greater independence to people living with disabilities through partnership with a working dog
  • To provide abandoned, unwanted dogs and career change dogs renewed lives of love and service
  • To provide the dogs and training free of charge to recipients

Our Programs

  • Hearing Dog and Service Dog Training
    • We provide the dogs and training free of charge
    • We serve veterans and other adults residing in Texas
    • We custom train each dog for the individual client’s needs
    • Client training includes a 5-day Team Training Class at our training facility followed by 13 weekly sessions in their home, workplace and community
    • Clients receive follow up for the lifetime of the Hearing or Service Dog
  • PAWS –With the Texas Juvenile Justice Department in the first and only juvenile prison service dog training program in the country, we teach specially selected juvenile offenders positive dog training skills. The youth live with and train newly adopted shelter dogs to prepare them for our Hearing and Service Dog training program or adoption. PAWS stands for Pairing Achievement with Service.
  • Trainers Academy – Professional dog trainers can learn how to train Hearing and Service Dogs, shelter dog evaluation and public work in a 5-day workshop followed by opportunities for audits.  Limited class size guarantees lots of attention from instructors.  Over 50% hands on training sessions with our advanced program dogs.

Our Clients


  • Individuals living with a severe loss of hearing or mobility
  • Texas residents
  • 25 years or older – having a Hearing or Service Dog is a big responsibility, but pays off profoundly with increased independence

Our Dogs

  • We adopt the majority of our dogs from animal shelters and rescue groups.  We also adopt career change dogs from other organizations.
  • We select dogs based on temperament including both mix and pure breeds.
  • We use positive reinforcement training to transform these dogs into lifelines for people living with disabilities.

Your Donation – One Donation Saves Two Lives

  • Your gift gives dogs new lives
  • You donation gives people the gifts of independence, security, companionship, unconditional love and team work
  • Your gift is tax deductible, deeply appreciated and used carefully and responsibly

Please consider making a donation today.

Service Dogs, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, physical or mental disability for the purpose of service, employment, membership, volunteering, or leadership.