Everyone likes a good story…
Southeastern Guide Dogs has a great one to tell. The plot is a simple one: Person meets dog. Dog changes person’s life in unimaginable ways. There’s a bit more to it than that but, in a nutshell, that is what has happened at our school more than 2,800 times since we opened our doors in 1982.
Request a Volunteer with an Ambassador Dog
We love being able to share our mission and increase local awareness of our school and the services we provide. We are pleased to offer the opportunity to have one of our awesome Ambassador Dogs and their handler come meet and address your group or organization.
Our Ambassador Program is led by expert volunteers who provide educational outreaches throughout:
+ Pinellas County
+ Hillsborough County
+ Manatee County
+ Sarasota County
We occasionally have the ability to fulfill requests in other counties of Florida and out of state requests for certain parts of Georgia, Texas, and Virginia.
Our volunteers have the ability to present in different formats (Meet-n-Greet, Q&A Session, PowerPoint, etc.) to meet the needs of your group or event.
Speaking Engagement Suggested Donation – $250.00
How do I request an Ambassador dog to come to my event or to speak with my group?
Please fill out our request a speaker form. This form, once complete, will be sent directly to our team for processing. We will send your request to our volunteer handlers who then let us know if they are able to attend. Because it is a volunteer-led program, we are unable to guarantee your request will be fulfilled. We will let you know if we are able to fulfill your request within 10 business days of receiving your request.
How far in advance should I request an Ambassador?
Because we receive so many requests for our Ambassadors, we book engagements between 30 and 90 days in advance in order to give our volunteers ample notice. We cannot accommodate requests submitted outside of this timeframe.
How long will the Ambassador be at my event?
Due to concerns about over-stressing our Ambassador Dogs, we must limit the time we spend at your organization or event from one – three hours. Priority is given to events at least an hour in length.
Is there a cost for an Ambassador speaker?
We suggest a $250 donation to support our mission.
My organization cannot provide the $250 donation. Does this mean I cannot request an Ambassador for my event?
Not at all! We understand not all groups or organizations can provide the suggested $250 donation. If you are unable to donate $250, we appreciate any amount you can donate to help offset costs associated with running this program. Our volunteers still fulfill requests for groups or organizations unable to donate to our cause. The goal of our program is to educate the community about our school and services.