Anyone who’s ever owned a pet knows the power they have to make a difference in our lives. That’s why we’re proud to present today’s Local Spotlight, Freedom Service Dogs of America.
This Denver-based organization aims to provide service and therapy dogs to those in need of a furry companion. Whether you’re looking to apply for a service dog, help raise a future companion or volunteer your time, there’s tons of ways to get involved.
Continue reading the sections below to learn more about Freedom Service Dogs of America!
About Freedom Service Dogs of America
Founded in 1987 by Michael and PJ Roche, Freedom Service Dogs (FSD) of America evolved from two-person team to one of the nations leading service dog training organizations.
While the company has surely evolved since Michael and PJ’s humble beginnings, its mission has always remained; To unleash the potential of dogs by transforming them into life-changing, custom-trained assistance dogs for people in need.
Today, FSD is led by Michele Ostrander. She’s no stranger to nonprofit leadership, having previously spent time as the executive director of Tahoe Woman’s Services, and as CEO of Susan G. Komen® Colorado. She uses this experience—and her love for dogs—to continue to launch FSD to exciting new heights.
Freedom Service Dogs Programs
FSD offers a variety of assistive programs for the disabled, veterans, and medical professionals. Here’s a synopsis of some of their most important services.
Operation freedom was developed to assist returning war veterans and military personnel make the transition back to civilian life. For many members of our military, they face a myriad of struggles including PTSD, immobility, and depression.
Working alongside local VA medical centers, FDS uses highly specialized service dogs to give these veterans independence and confidence. They help with a wide range of tasks, from mobility assistance to mental and emotional support.
This therapeutic program is designed to support children and youth on the autism spectrum and with other intellectual or developmental disabilities.
A combination of therapeutic group discussions and interaction with service dogs in training work to stimulate learning and growth, increasing social interaction skills, communication skills, empowerment, and confidence.
Ways to Get Involved
There are plenty of ways to lend your support for FSD. Choose to give your time, skills, or generosity to these dogs and the clients who rely on their companionship to get through life.
Among them is the Puppy-Raising Club. Here, local, dedicated volunteers help train the next generation of service dogs. You’ll be responsible for teaching house manners and building socialization through exposure to a multitude of people, animals, and environments. Members of the Puppy-Raising Club also receive special training and support.
Alternatively, you and your group can host a donation drive. This aims to help provide much needed “wish list” items to the FSD including computers and cleaning equipment. It’s a great way for those unable to regularly volunteer to still make a difference.
Change Someone’s Life Through Freedom Service Dogs of America Today
If you’re ready to make a difference in someone’s life, it’s time to get involved with Freedom Service Dogs of America! In the meantime, head over to their Facebook page for inspiring success stories, videos, and, of course, adorable pups!