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Local group trains rescue dogs to become service companions for Veterans

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A local group is proving rescue dogs make amazing service dogs, thanks to dedicated volunteers who train them for Veterans, children, and adults who are challenged.

Service Dogs of New Mexico is a passionate, female Veteran owned and operated 501c3 non-profit organization that has been in business for a year and a half with great success. The group places dogs with veterans, as well as children and adults with challenges that require a service dog.

The group gets their dogs from foster care facilities and rescue groups to assure they are service dog worthy. Working with a Veteran trainer, they create a specific training plan for each client according to their needs. They provide training at their facility, as well as clients’ homes. SDNM believes in training
the handlers to train their service dogs, which forms the concrete bond necessary between a
service dog and its owner.

SDNM also trains businesses on the law with regard to service dogs as a means of creating a unity between service dog teams and the community. They take therapy dogs to veteran’s court to help calm our Veterans as well.

As a non-profit, Service Dogs of NM is in need of the following:
- Funding and/or equipment for a training course to provide teams a safe location to train.
- Funding and labor assistance to build a small building to house out of town clients overnight
- Sponsored support to cover the cost of training for Veterans.
- Sponsored support for the organization's operational expenses

To make a donation or for more information, visit the SDNM website.

 


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