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  You can still help support our dogs and clients. See our Sponsor a Dog page for more details!
  We Need Puppy Raisers! 




 

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

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


                               

 
Sunstone Service Dogs offers a comprehensive two-year training program for clients who wish to be directly involved 
Liberty Golden Retriever Laying on Floor Looking at Camera
in the raising and training process of their future service dog.
We offer assistance to those who have multiple disabilities. We do not specialize in any one type of Service Dog.  

While there are some areas that we are not yet able to provide service for we are able to be flexible with our training program in order to assist with a variety of needs.
We do train Physiological Service Dogs including but not limited to dogs for individuals experiencing P.T.S.D.


Raising a Service Dog is not an option for all clients.
Fully trained dogs and custom programs including time with a puppy raiser will be available as puppy raisers are available. 
If you have ever thought about raising a service pup, please contact us for more information.  

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 was founded by individuals experiencing disabilities. 

The majority of our staff have experienced difficulty obtaining Service Dogs for our needs. Having to train our own dogs due to the extended wait for a dog through other programs.  Experiencing the heartbreak of having to rehome dogs that were not a good match for our needs after investing a lot of time and money into these dogs.


Most of us could not afford the travel and lodging to go to distant programs for weeks/months to obtain a fully trained dog and learn how to establish a working relationship.


Our Trainers have learned Service Dog Training through life experience, the help of other experienced Service Dog Trainers, apprenticing with other trainers/programs, extensive reading, and trial and error.

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

SDIT Murdoch Streaching out on the floor


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 you are more than 2 hours away from Eugene or the Portland Metro area we may be able to help with a fully trained dog. We do require that all clients meet minimum hours of training time before we place a dog with them as well as a home visit from our trainers to help each client prepare for the arrival of their Service Dog.   

3 hours away or more?  We are building a list of resources for individuals outside our service area. 



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?

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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! The estimated vet care for the first year including spay/neuter, flea treatment, worming, shots and microchip is $500. 




Are you a supplier of K9 Equipment/Food/Medication? Sunstone recently lost the ability to provide Flea medication for our clients (with prescription) at a discount.  We would love to hear from supplies that may be able to help us reduce costs for our clients.





We appreciate your support


Volunteer run program. Hours depend on volunteer availability
Please see our common Q and A and Service Dog Information Page before calling or emailing.
Applications downloadable on Application page.
503-662-2DOG (364)

info@sunstoneservicedogs.org


  

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1755 
Springfield, Oregon 97477
Phone: 503-662-2DOG (364)


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.