New Hope Assistance Dogs, Inc. is a charitable organization dedicated to enable dogs to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities and to educate the general public.
We recognize that teams comprised of multiple individuals working together to achieve the goal of training custom Assistance Dogs are most successful. Our teams are made up of Certified Trainers, Service Dog Technicians, Junior Trainers, Puppy Raisers, and Volunteer's that are registered with us to help in the training process. Volunteer trainers go through basic obedience training to better assist our trainers. We believe that any individual can make a positive impact in an Assistance Dogs training, both in and out of our facility. Outside of our facility we have other teams that help in the training of our dogs. Each of our dogs attend a prison program where they are placed with an individual who works one on one with them to further their training. This is both beneficial to the dog and the recipient. When we all work together with teamwork, the end result is an Assistance Dog that is above and beyond most people’s expectations.
Our primary goal is to provide a fully trained Assistance Dog to a person with a disability. Adhering to high standards in training and placement will help to mitigate the disability and provide the recipient with greater independence in life. The Assistance Dogs we prepare offer support to those suffering from everything from balance/mobility issues and provide both children and adults support in dealing with mental and/or other physical disabilities. We carefully consider the welfare of both person and dog when pairing them together.
We believe that educating the general public is a great benefit to the entire Assistance Dog community. We educate youths both in and out of school by demonstrating how Assistance Dogs are valuable to recipients with disabilities who need a dog. Through our educational outreach programs, young people learn how important and rewarding a career as an Assistance Dog trainer can be. Those who are interested are encouraged to pursue becoming junior assistant trainers who benefit the organization. Our website includes many images of our junior trainers in action.
Life should be cherished and treasured. Our quest is to inspire individuals to lead more productive and independent lives with the support of their Assistance Dogs. Becoming the owner/handler of a highly trained service dog also contributes to the recipient’s feelings of self-worth and sense of empowerment. Many times, will pursue goals that previously seemed unattainable with the support of their Assistance Dog.