A dog makes all the difference.
Our extraordinary dogs transform lives, and they’re our no-cost gift to people who need them. We offer guide dogs for people with vision loss, service dogs for veterans with disabilities, and skilled companion dogs for people in need of a helping paw.
You’re invited to dig deeper into who we are, what kind of dogs we offer, and how a dog can change your life. Hear some heartwarming stories from our graduates and the dogs they love.
Did you know? Because of generous donors and partners, all of our dogs and services are offered at no cost to recipients.
Guide dogs offer freedom and confidence to teens, adults, and veterans with vision loss. They become an ever-ready best friend who helps you explore your world, at your pace, on your timeframe, all on your own. Our guide dogs are simply remarkable!
Before getting a guide dog, people often wonder, “Am I blind enough?” If you are legally blind, the answer is yes. Watch the video on the right, then click below to learn more.
Service dogs offer help, healing, and hope to veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder and other disabilities. They help heal from physical and invisible wounds.
Facility therapy dogs assist patients and healthcare workers at military medical facilities in recovering from pain and distress.
Everyone needs a friend to lean on, and these dogs create unbreakable bonds that can help you get your life back. Watch the video on the left, and click below to learn more.
Skilled Companion Dogs
Skilled companion dogs offer comfort and companionship to their human partners. They give:
- Friendship to children, teens, and adults with vision loss facing isolation.
- Hope to veterans battling with despair.
- Relief to military families grappling with stress.
- Love to Gold Star families coping with grief.
Dogs provide a faithful presence. Listening ear. Unconditional love. Boundless affection. Endless kisses. Tail-thumping acceptance, no questions asked. Sometimes, a best friend makes all the difference.
“I knew my dog would be good, but Charlie is amazing. Every day is just—wow.”
— Mike Gilliam and Guide Dog Charlie | Oak Ridge, Tennessee