Service Dogs Need Your Help!
The Amazing Tails sponsorship program gives businesses and other organizations the ability to contribute toward helping people in need by offsetting some of the expenses for a highly skilled and trained service dog.
The cost of raising and training Service dogs is incredibly expensive!
- Neuter $250
- X-Rays $120
- Microchip Fee $35
- Rabies Vaccine $21
- Heartworm Test $21
- DHLPP Vaccine $60
- Lyme Disease $60
- Flu Shot $55
- Fecal Examination $21
- Office Examinations $250
Additionally, there are salaries to be paid to employees, marketing costs, and general office expenses.
Service dogs are painstakingly and specifically trained to help people with disabilities, including, but not limited to, visual impairment, hearing loss, mental illness (including post-traumatic stress disorder), seizure issues, immobility and diabetes
If you choose to help Amazing Tails fulfill its mission to place people in need with trained service dogs, you will receive a packet that includes information about the dog you will be sponsoring.
You will get a picture of your dog and a personalized website where you can go to track the progress of your dog as it goes through the training program. As a token of our appreciation, your name or the name of your business will be listed on our sponsor page.
Since 1999, we have been rescuing and training dogs that perform life saving services for their human partners. These dogs help people walk with stability. They open doors for people using wheelchairs. They warn those with hearing problems that fire alarms are wailing.
These dogs bring a sense of independence and security to people’s lives in a way that nothing else can.
There is simply no way to describe the sense of well being that an alerting dog can provide to a person with epilepsy or diabetes.
We use your donations to provide the puppies with food, vaccinations, spaying or neutering, grooming, veterinary care, toys to stimulate their minds, transportation, leashes, harnesses, collars, housing and training. These costs add up quickly and continuously increasing.
It takes thousands of dollars and thousands of hours to train each dog. These costs have skyrocketed to more than $25,000 per animal, depending upon the needs of each individual client.
As a Dog Sponsor, your contributions will help Amazing Tails continue our mission of providing service dogs at the lowest possible cost to disabled people in need. The cost for this program is $150 per month for 12 months, or a one-time contribution of $1,500. This tax deductible donation covers the cost of acquiring the dog (from a rescue or shelter or re-homing), providing initial veterinary expenses, and feeding it during the course of its participation in the program.
You may also choose to be a Team Sponsor by covering all of the expenses above plus the actual training expense. Your dog would be donated to a disabled person in need who otherwise would not be able to afford a service dog.
If you are interested in participating in either of the above programs, please contact Amazing Tails so we can discuss your options.
Our dog trainers work day and night to care for and train each of these special dogs. This is a tireless job that requires constant attention, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Each of our dogs is housed in their trainer’s home. These dogs need attention every single day: exercise, basic health care, grooming, socialization and, of course, highly specialized training.
Help us make a difference in someone’s life
What most people don’t realize is the criteria that need to be met before one of these dogs enters into our customized program. Dogs of suitable age, size and temperament must be located. These dogs must be spayed/neutered and given a thorough veterinary examination.
Our acceptance evaluation includes a physical exam, blood tests and x-rays. Only after receiving acceptable results can a dog enter the next phase of the program. Of course, they also require food, heartworm medication, flea and tick protection, licensing and grooming. The dogs are given additional testing throughout the course of training to ensure that Amazing Tails only trains healthy dogs with a desire to work and a devotion to their human partner.
It takes a long time and a lot of money to train a service dog
Because these standards are so high, some of the dogs that we have rescued, trained and cared for do not meet the requirements and have to be adopted to carefully screened, loving homes.
Amazing Tails does not sell these dogs.
The people who adopt them contribute to our organization, but at a fraction of the cost incurred on behalf of training and caring for these dogs.
We provide our clients with the lowest possible price for these highly trained dogs. Once we place a dog either as a working dog with one our clients or as an adopted dog to a new home, our job doesn’t stop!
We stay in close contact with our clients and pet owners to make sure that each and every dog is being properly cared for, and Amazing Tails provides additional support and training needed to achieve the most successful match possible.
These additional services are crucial to the success of our clients and their dogs, but the client does not cover these costs.
What will we do with the money?
There are several ways that we will allocate donations. For example, we have a dog sponsorship program in which individuals and businesses can sponsor a dog. In this case, all of the money will cover the expenses of one dog.
We also have one-time donations and monthly donations. In these cases, a $10 donation will feed one dog for approximately one week. A monthly donation of $39 will cover the cost of flea, tic, and heartworm medication for one month. A $250 donation will cover the cost of spaying or neutering for one dog.
For a relatively small amount of money, you can help a human in need find the service companion of a lifetime. You will help someone achieve independence and security. The dignity this brings to someone cannot be measured in dollars and cents.
Please click above and choose a recurring monthly or one-time donation.
[tabs slidertype="simple" auto="yes" autospeed="4800"] [tab] While searching for information on getting a service dog for my son with epilepsy I came across Amazing Tails. I left a message and kept searching. I had determined that my son wouldn't qualify for a service dog so I decided to move forward with getting a puppy and having him bond with my son and then be service . . . April 23, 2015
- Sheila Hopkins[/tab][tab] I am still in the process of working with Amazing Tails, so this review is one that gives insight into a current trainee's experience. I emailed Joanie, and had an appointment to review my application within a day. Though that date had to be moved several times due to snow, never once did anyone at Amazing Tails treat . . . December 2, 2015
- Amanda Gipson[/tab][tab] I initially had a hard time finding service dog organizations that seemed feasible for me. Most places I found either would not consider me because I was out of their boundary, or if they didn't have a boundary based on where you live, they had a 4+ year wait if they did accept you onto the waiting list. The first . . . November 15, 2015
- Ashleigh Blum Jennings[/tab][tab] When I first started thinking about getting a service dog to help me with my balance, I looked into and filled out applications with several organizations. Amazing Tails was the only organization that got back to me and they immediately invited me to come meet with them to discuss what I was looking for. When I went to . . . November 10, 2015
- Alyssa Elaine[/tab][tab] I got my service dog in March of 2014. I signed the contract March of 2012. My dog was born later that month. The training took two years. The trainer gave me periodically a progress report. The contract is very explicit and they did not ask for any money at that time. The owners told me how to raise money so I could . . . November 11, 2014
- Pamela Saylor[/tab][tab]
Highly recommend to anyone looking for a service dog to enhance their life. I have Service Dog from Amazing Tails. He has been trained to help with my balance, retrieval, and walking. The ongoing support from the trainers is fabulous!March 2, 2013