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Sunstone is in desperate need of volunteers to process applications and respond to emails. The person who has historically responded to these messages has left the company and the President/ Head trainer experiences disabilities that at times make her unable to respond in a timely manner. 

If you have customer service experience and are willing to follow up with communications (after being trained) PLEASE contact 

There is a possibility that volunteer hours could help reduce the cost of obtaining a service dog through our program. PLEASE contact the email listed above ASAP for more information.

We will not be able to process any new applications until we get more volunteers. If you send in an application it will be held (checks not cashed) until we can process them.  We do accept payment plans toward service dogs, so this is a fantastic opportunity for those of you who have restricted income to apply and start making payments toward your personalized program. There are fees that must be paid in full before we purchase a dog on your behalf. If you send in an application with an application fee and indicate (payment program requested) I will process your application so you may start that process.


The mission of Sunstone Service Dogs is to empower individuals in our community experiencing disabilities through the partnering with and training of service dogs, increasing their independence and quality of life.

  We are in need of community support! 
Please see the links below for more information:


Fundraising assistance for clients!

Tax deductible donations (kennel improvement supplies)

Tax deductible donations (client support, equipment, dog food, etc.)                                                                                      



In an effort to best serve our community Sunstone Service Dogs offers training options that best meet the needs of our clients. Please see the links below for more information:

Tandem Training Program

Fully trained Program

Custom program with aspects of both of the above.

Do you already have a dog and would like to enroll in our program?

While there are some areas that we are not yet able to provide service for we do our best to accommodate the needs of our clients.

More Than Just a Pet by Ashley Loney interview with Trainer Leslie Weilbacher and Blaise

Many clients benefit from a custom program in which a puppy raiser trains their dog through the sleepless nights, potty training, socializing, and obtaining basic public access skills. While puppies are very cute, it may be better for your health to let a puppy raiser take the first stages of training.

Golden Retriever Puppy (Betsy) Sitting at attention

Sunstone Service Dogs fosters/rehabilitates puppies/dogs through rescue/shelter or exceptional circumstances of an individual. Once ready for a home we facilitate finding a permanent home or return to the shelter if a suitable screened candidate has been selected.  We do screen shelter dogs. Shelter dogs whom we adopt are kept in the St. Helens Kennel until they are ready for Service Dog Training or placed with a forever home.
Being in a unique situation to acclimate/re-acclimate dogs to life with a family and pack, we are very proud of the assistance we have been able to offer our rescue friends and community. We conduct temperament and health evaluations on every dog regardless of how the dog is acquired. 

Our program is flexible and requires our client to be flexible as well.

SDIT Murdoch Streaching out on the floor

Sunstone Service Dogs was founded by individuals experiencing disabilities.  Please be patient as we must accommodate our own disabilities while doing our best to provide a positive experience.

Sunstone Service Dogs helps our local communities by providing a personalized program for each client.  Our service area is approximately 2 hours drive or less from each client.  

If our program sounds like a good match for your needs here is a link for our application.

Are you interested in connecting with Sunstone Service Dogs to Volunteer/Puppy Raise?

Would you like to stay updated about our events?

Sign up for our mailing list

Would you like to know of Ways You Can Help?

Visit our Volunteer Opportunities page for more detailsContessa with her handler seated. Guide cane on the floor.
We are in need of:
  • We are always looking for puppy raisers! There are many other Volunteer opportunities available also.
  • Please see our WISH LIST for specific items to donate. 

  • Please help our clients afford the cost of the obtaining, caring for, and training a Service Dog.  The average cost for a puppy is rising! As veterinary care, the cost of dog food, and the cost of living rises so does the cost of well bred dogs! 
  • Clients with pages here for fundraising

 Emergency Veterinary Clinics

We appreciate your support

The links below will take you to a specific email for the type of inquiry. 
Please help us stay organized by using the correct link.

Hours depend on availability
Please see our common Q and A and Service Dog Information Page before contacting.
Applications downloadable on Application page.
or you may email Sunstone's application request mailbox

Please include the age group. Date and time you would like a presentation, and if you need assistance with education on a particular topic.
Are you a place of Public accommodation looking to educate your staff? As always BOLI technical support is the first stop. 
If you would still like a presentation we will do the first one for free if you are inside our service area. 
If you are more than 2 hours away, there will be a charge to help cover transportation for our team.
Public Schools, you also receive these services for free. 


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1547
St. Helens, Oregon 97051

Sunstone Service Dogs will not discriminate against any director, officer, employee, applicant or participant on the basis of, but not limited to: sex, race, color, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, sexual preference, gender identification or national origin.