University Level – Dog Sponsorship
Supports the formal training and education of a dog at the University level as they pursue a major:
+ Guide Dog Major: After about six months of formal harness training plus 26 days of student-handler training, dogs that graduate as guide dogs provide independence and confidence to those with visual impairments. This major requires exceptional intelligence, confidence, resilience to new challenges, willingness to please, and enough initiative to disobey commands for the safety of handlers.
+ Service Dog Major: After about six months of formal training plus 12 days of student-handler training, dogs that graduate as service dogs provide independence and confidence to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. This major requires intelligence, confidence, sensitivity, willingness to please, and a prominent level of calmness.
+ Facility Therapy Dog Major: Dogs that are hand-selected for this career provide therapeutic services to veterans and families being treated in military medical facilities across the nation. This major requires a peaceful demeanor, very affectionate mannerisms, and welcome interaction from strangers.
+ Genetics and Reproduction Major: Dogs that are hand-selected as breeders preserve the quality and diversity of the lines through selective breeding. This major requires exceptional health plus all of the best traits of guide dogs and service dogs.
+ Gifted Canines Major, with Minor Emphases:
– Public Service Dog Minor: Dogs that are hand-selected for public service serve in law enforcement careers such as arson, firearms, and drug detection, and for the Fish & Wildlife Commission. This minor requires strong intelligence, poise, and extraordinary sniffing drives.
– Canine Connection Dog Minor: Dogs that are hand-selected for this career become companions for youth with visual impairments, building a bridge to a future guide dog. This minor requires exceptional affection for children and extremely peaceful demeanors.
– Emotional Support Dog Minor: Dogs that are hand-selected as emotional support dogs provide therapeutic comfort to veterans with disabilities. This minor requires affection, sensitivity, and a peaceful and calm demeanor.
– Ambassador Dog Minor: Dogs that are hand-selected as ambassadors are adopted by active volunteers, enabling outreach and education to further the Southeastern Guide Dogs mission. This minor requires high levels of composure, affection, and enjoyment while interacting with strangers.
– Recognition in our annual report
– A photo and biography of each sponsorship recipient
– An invitation to a formal graduation luncheon
– $2,500 one-time sponsorship – Donate online now