Today, millions of people living with a disability could benefit from a service dog. In fact, properly trained service dogs can empower people with disabilities, allowing them to thrive in ways that once seemed unimaginable. Unfortunately, most cannot get one. Some reasons for this reality are:
· The wait lists to obtain a dog from many organizations can be years long;
· The costs of training are beyond what most can afford;
· There are too few qualified service dog trainers to meet the demand.
Atlas Assistance Dogs is reinventing the service dog model in America. Our mission is to make service dogs—and the critical training that makes their work possible—far more accessible and affordable to those in need.
We need your help in making this vision come to life. In doing so, you will have a direct hand in making the service dog selection and training process more inclusive and more humane. We’re proud to share that we’ve hired our first full-time employee, Molly Neher. She is the main link to our clients, trainers, and volunteers and manages many of our critical operational needs.
Molly herself went through the grueling process of acquiring a service dog when her health was at its worst:
“The whole process was by itself scary and disorienting, not to mention having to deal with my illness in the meantime. And of course, I was worried about the huge costs. I was lucky to have a support system that allowed me to move forward in obtaining and training my service dog, but I have witnessed others run into significant difficulties throughout this process. I care deeply about disability rights and service dogs, and have witnessed the benefits firsthand. I joined Atlas because I want to make a difference for others."
Atlas is raising $20,000 in its first-ever campaign to fund this crucial position. Our key goals include educating dog trainers across the country so that they can provide quality services for people with a variety of health conditions, offering financial aid and scholarships to clients in order to reduce the cost of training, and raising public awareness of service dogs and disabilities to promote a more inclusive space for all people.
As a non-profit organization, Atlas relies on the generosity of supporters like you. We sincerely hope you will donate and help us positively impact the lives of many others living with disabilities.
Please watch our video and learn how Molly's service dog Reid changed her life by giving her her independence back and is allowing her to thrive with her disability.