Whether they are sensing oncoming seizures or panic attacks, shielding their recipients in public, turning on or off lights, picking up dropped items or opening doors these incredible dogs permanently improve life for those living with disabilities such as PTS, Traumatic Brain Injury, seizure and/or diabetic disorders and mobility issues.
Service Dogs save lives and change them for the better.
Your gift – no matter the size, will have a real and tangible part in saving lives, and changing them for the better. Join us in our campaign to bring this world-class, cutting edge service dog training facility to Pittsburgh, and forever change the lives of our veterans, first-responders and others in need.
They fought for our freedom, help us give them back theirs.
The Welcome Center is the first stop and focal point of the campus with recipient training, foster family training, events, apprentice classes, volunteers, offices and much more, all taking place in this location daily. It will be the starting point to providing physical, psychological and spiritual wellness for the recipients and their families.
Our Life Stage 1 building will be our state of the art nursery and on-site housing for their specially trained Dog Care Specialists. This is where a solid foundation begins early on with specialized introductions to health protocols, socialization, various textures, enrichment exercises and more. This building will be equipped with audio/visual capabilities with a central viewing station to insure their constant well-being. This will also be the first buildingto be assessed and certified as a Green Globes structure with our other buildings to follow.
Each of these million-dollar state of the art buildings will not only provide 12 x 12 condos with 12 x 40 indoor/outdoor runs, they will be filled with natural lighting both in their living areas as well as the indoor training area. Each indoor training area is where these future medical service dogs will be immersed in socialization, desensitization, confidence building and basic human body reading exercises. Each Life Stage building is set up specifically for the needs of a certain age group and what they will be learning for their maturity level. In addition, they will have 150 x 75 play yards for absorbing lots of fresh air and sunshine with their Dog Care Specialists and Trainers.
This building will be the first stop for our rescue dogs to ensure they are in perfect health and not harboring any unseen diseases prior to integrating them into their appropriate Life Stage building. Here they will be cared for by our Veterinary Technicians seeing to their every need. This is where we save a life that will pay it forward.
Each of these four buildings will serve as a home before their home if you will. Once they’ve returned from their foster families, this is where our future service dogs will live and train with their on-site, live-in trainers while they polish their skill work until paired with their recipient. They will be taught tasks such as opening/closing doors, picking up dropped items, turning on/off lights, hitting an emergency call button should their disabled recipient be in peril beyond their ability to help, and more, in a real-life setting.
We have designed specialized quadruplex housing for our disabled recipients when they come for training. They will spend approximately two weeks at our campus bonding and learning how to work with and properly care for their highly skilled medical service dog, often bringing their family as well. We plan to build three of these units so we can facilitate up to twelve pairings a month.
Guardian Angels – NE Regional Campus Fundraising Page by Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs
Service Dogs save lives and change them for the better. It’s what makes this new campus so critical. The need is great. Applications for our service dogs continue to rise, and our Florida facility operates at maximum capacity.
Our amazing dogs – whether they are sensing oncoming seizures or panic attacks, shielding their recipients in public, turning on or off lights, picking up dropped items or opening doors permanently improve life for those living with disabilities such as PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, seizure and/or diabetic disorders and mobility issues.