The majority of canines in the State Farm Arson Dog Program are obtained from animal shelters, rescue organizations, or certified companion programs. Many of the dogs are “career change” or “second career” canines, meaning that these dogs didn’t qualify for a companion or guide dog program but had the needed skills for another job. A few of the programs that we acquire our canines from include:
Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto, FL – http://www.guidedogs.org/
Southeastern Guide Dogs is a non-profit organization that works to create and nurture a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life’s journey with mobility, independence and dignity. Programs include: Paws for Independence, which partners people with visual impairments with professionally trained guide dogs; Paws for Patriots, which partners veterans with visual impairments with guide dogs, Veteran Assistance Dogs with veterans with PTSD, and Facility Therapy Dogs at major military medical centers; and Gifted Canines, which provides law-enforcement agencies with dogs.
Paws With A Cause® in Wayland, MI – http://www.pawswithacause.org/
Paws With A Cause is a non-profit organization training assistance dogs nationally for people with disabilities and provides lifetime team support which encourages independence. Paws With A Cause trains the following types of Assistance Dogs: Service Dogs (for a physical disability, debilitating chronic illness or neurological disorder); Hearing Dogs (for the deaf or hard of hearing); Seizure Response Dogs; Combination Dogs (service/hearing, service/seizure, hearing/seizure); Service Dogs for Children with Autism; and Social Support Dogs (in-home only companion).