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How to Raise Money for a Service Dog & Ideas for Service Dog Fundraising

Service dog fundraising can seem a little overwhelming and coming up with ideas can be difficult. With any type of fundraising, it takes time and energy but with devotion, dedication, creative thinking and planning, anyone can fundraise for a service dog.

Canines 4 Hope’s goal is to provide some guidance for anyone who may need to set up a service dog fundraiser and offer some ideas, tips and suggestions that can make your fundraising efforts for a service dog successful and fun.

Steps for starting a Service Dog Fundraising Campaign

  1. Tell Your Story
    Difficult as it may be, it’s important to tell your story.  This allows your reader to feel connected and take interest. When writing your story, be yourself. Write in a way that you communicate on a daily basis because your initial donors will most likely be family, friends, coworkers, neighbors and your community. They already know you and how you communicate. So be yourself. You can also convey your story with compelling pictures and video. There will be opportunity for you to use all three during your fundraising campaign so take advantage of all mediums available. If at all possible, get a picture of the service dog that will be trained. People love to share pictures of dogs.
  2. Set a goal and share it!
    Services dogs don’t come without costs. Because of their specialized training, initial costs of obtaining a service dog can often cost thousands of dollars not including the ongoing cost of care including vet bills. This can become a financial strain. Be specific and upfront about the figure you need to raise for your service dog and feel free to share your goal. People who contribute like to keep track of your campaign and how close you are to meeting or exceeding your goal.
  3. Social Networking
    Facebook and twitter are powerful tools. Canines 4 Hope suggests at the very least, setting up a Facebook account for your service dog fundraiser. Have fun with it, tell your story, post frequently, giving updates on your campaign. You can even set up events via your Facebook page! Give updates about your efforts to raise the funds for a service dog and how you expect your dog to help you. Post pictures of yourself with your service dog on your blog and on Facebook. Pictures allow people to put a face to the story. Again if you don’t have pictures, contact your service dog trainer and request a few pictures.
  4. Set Up A Service Dog Fundraiser Campaign Online
    Now that you have your story in writing, your goal set and your social media page for your service dog set up, it’s time to make it easy for people to donate to your service dog fundraiser. In a few simple steps, you can create a service dog fundraising campaign online that allows people and groups to make a direct donation to your service dog fundraiser. There are plenty of Crowdfunding sites online. We might suggest”, or This is where you tell your story. Upload your pictures and hook up your social media pages that you just set up. These sites make this super easy! Just follow their step by step instructions and you’ll be set up to raise funds in just a few short minutes! Be sure to update your progress often on the fundraising site. People like to see how their donations are benefiting your cause. Let them know how your campaign is going and how specifically their funds are helping you reach your goal!

Service Dog Fundraising Tips

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    Look to your Local Community!
    You’d be surprised how quickly your local community will come out to support your fundraising efforts. Reach out to your local churches, civic organizations such as, your local Boys/Girls Scout troops, local lodges and other service-based groups. Many churches and lodges often provide some financial assistance for medical needs to members of the local community. Keep in mind, you don’t necessarily have to be a member of a church or lodge in order for them to help you. Also, have family and friends reach out to their churches, lodges and employers. When contacting organizations, explain why you need a trained service dog and ask if they have funds available that can assist you in any way. They may ask you to provide letter from your doctor verifying that you are in medical need of a service dog and/or a letter from the company that is training your service dog verifying the cost. They may even offer the opportunity to host a fundraising event on your behalf and offer ideas on fundraising for your service dog.

  2. Reach out to Organizations Who Raise Awareness
    Look to the organizations that raise awareness about your special need. For example, Diabetes Foundation, PTSD organizations, Autism Awareness groups and so on. They all have facebook pages. Don’t be afraid connect and reach out to them to request they share your story, ask them for suggestions on what you can do to help set up fundraising events that would benefit you while raising awareness about your special needs while promoting their organization at the same time. Many will be more than willing to send you several copies of their brochures which is a great tool to have at your fundraiser events and these organizations may offer additional ideas and suggestions for fundraising events. Tap into their years of experience and knowledge.
  3. Fundraising Events
    Now that you’ve tapped into your local community and reached out to awareness organizations you’ve probably gathered enough information on how to go about setting up additional fundraising events. Quite possibly, you may have had offers from your local community organizations to set up fundraiser events with donations going to you for your service dog. You may have even had offers from organizations or groups who may be willing or able to assist you plan, host or advertise for events such as a car wash fundraising event sponsored by your local Boy Scouts or local church Youth Group.
  4. Reach out to Local Businesses
    Reach out to your local restaurant owners, even the chain restaurants in your area, to see if they’d sponsor a fundraiser day with a portion of their day’s sales to help with your fund raising event. Ask if you can set out collection jars at local businesses. Some businesses may prefer to donate merchandise or services rather than cash. Use those donations to hold raffles and silent auctions at your event. 
  5. T-Shirts, Support Bracelets and other items customizable fundraising items
    Look online to design fundraiser t-shirts and support bracelets. You can design them and sell them at your events and promote online. This is a great way to allow someone to really get involved in selling items that can continually be purchased even after the event is over and it makes it easy for people wearing your awareness items to help spread the word as it will becomes a topic of conversation.

The more you speak with your local community about your efforts, the more fundraising ideas and offers will come your way. Most importantly, have fun!

Service Dog Fundraising Ideas
Canines 4 Hope has compiled a list of fundraising event ideas to help get those creative juices flowing. You can use many of these event suggestions in one fundraiser, hold multiple fundraisers or direct your friends and family here to this site to help give them ideas on how they can help organize a fundraising event with suggestions and tips to help make it a successful one!

Baby and Kids’ Clothes Resale Sale
Bake Sale
Barbecue Contest
Basketball Tournament
Battle of the Bands
Birthday Party
Beach Cleanup
Board Game Tournament
Book Club Fundraiser
Bowling Event
Bonfire Cookout Party
Cake Walk
Car Detailing
Car Wash
Card Tournament
Chili Cook-Off
Chili Dinner
Darts Tournament
Dodge ball Tournament
Dog Bakery
Dog or Cat Sitting
Dog Walking
Dog Wash
Dunk Tank
Face Painting
Fish Fry
Football Tournament
Fundraising Walk
Garage Sale
Golf Outings
Golf Tournament
Hayrack Rides
Haunted House
Hog Roast
Holiday Party
Hole-in-One Tournament
Horseshoe Tournament
Ice Cream Social
Karaoke Night
Kickball Tournament
Movie Night
Music Festival
Pancake Breakfast
Pizza Party
Pool Tournament
Rake Leaves
Recycle Drive
Restaurant Event (Restaurant donates portion of proceeds on specific date)
Scrapbook Party
Scavenger Hunt
Shovel Snow
Skate Party
Silent Auction
Spaghetti Dinner
Soccer Tournament
Softball Tournament
Talent Contest
Theme Dinner Party
Treasure Hunt
Trivia Night
Yard Sale
Youth Lock-In

Don’t forget to sell tickets to your event or party. Raffle away your donated items. Have a 50/50 draw. Make it fun and have fun!

Help Fund A Service Dog | Medical Expenses –

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Help Fund A Service Dog | Medical Expenses –

Service Dog Fundraiser - Help Fund a Service Dog

Service Dog Fundraiser at

Canines 4 Hope has begun a Service Dog Fundraiser through All donations will be applied to the purchase of service dog for clients who want and need a service dog but may not have the funds available. Our goal is to always have the Service Dog Funds available so people do not have to wait to get on the road to the quality of life they deserve. We appreciate any and all donations as do our clients. Thank you!

A little bit about Canines 4 Hope and our Service Dogs and Service Dog Training services:

We are Canines 4 Hope, Certified Service Dog Trainers and we offer trained Service Dogs and Service Dog Training for children and adults with medical afflictions such as Diabetes, PTSD, Seizures and Autism. Our service dogs are trained to the specific medical needs of each person. Since medical insurance companies do not pay or reimburse for the cost of a medical service dog, many times our client’s have to make the hard decision to put their medical needs on hold while they attempt to save up for the purchase of the service dog. Our goal for this fundraiser is to help our clients get on the fast track to a better quality of life and with your help, we will use the money donated to help fund a service dogs for our clients.

We provide trained service dogs for people with limitations that require a dog to help with everyday tasks, early warning situations or companionship. Customized service dog training include:

Diabetic Service Dogs, also known as Hypo Alert Dogs are carefully trained to do the following:
• recognize the scent changes of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
• recognize breath scent changes of high blood sugar
• alert diabetic to take medicine
• retrieve glucose
• retrieve medication
• retrieve phone or dial 911Diabetic Alert Service Dog | Hypo Alert Dog

PTSD Service Dogs are trained to:
• Assistance in a medical crisis
• Provide treatment related assistance
• Assistance in coping with emotional overload
• Perform security enhancement tasks

PTSD Service Dogs can:
• help adjust serotonin levels
• help lower blood pressure
• help with episodes of depression
• provide companionship
• calm their handler
• preventing people from crowding around or rushing up on their handler

Autism Service Dogs
are trained to respond to the following symptoms:
• Impulsive Running – dog will help retrieve and get child back to parent
• Self Harming Behavior – dog will interrupt behavior and alert parent
• Awakening at Night – dog will bark to alert parents
• Interpret Mood Swings – dog will crawl into child’s lap to calm child
• Interrupt Social Isolation – child tends to focus on dog companionship
• Non-Verbal Child – child learns to give dog commands
• PICA – dog will stop child from eating inappropriate items
• Self Stimulation – dog can interrupt behaviorHelp Fund A Service Dog | Medical Expenses -

Benefits of Having an Autism Assistance Dog
• Increased social interaction
• Redirecting repetitive behaviors
• Improved independence
• Increased vocabulary
• Improved quality of sleep
• Overall calming ability
• Recovering children quickly

Seizure Alert response dogs are trained to respond and help someone who has epilepsy or a seizure disorder. The seizure alert dog can:
• Summons help, either by finding another person or activating a medical alert or pre-programmed phone
• Pull objects away from the person’s body that may be potentially dangerous
• Block the individual with absence seizures and complex partial seizures from walking into obstacles, streets, and other dangerous areas that can result in bodily injury or death
• Attempt to rouse the unconscious handler during or after a seizure
• Provide physical support and emotional support
• Carry information regarding the dog, the handler’s medical condition, instructions for first responders, emergency medication, and oxygen
• Sense an impending seizure and their handler or care taker

Psychiatric Service Dogs help with psychiatric conditions such as:Psychiatric Service Dogs, Psychiatric Dog Training
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Bipolar Disorder
• Anxiety
• Severe Depression
• Panic Attacks
• Phobias
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

Psychiatric Service Dogs are trained to:
• Assistance in a medical crisis
• Provide treatment related assistance
• Assistance in coping with emotional overload
• Perform security enhancement tasks

We appreciate any help! With every dog we provide and with you’re help, we can help those in need of a service dog so they can get on the road to a quality of life they deserve.

Please feel free to visit our website:
To donate visit: Service Dog Fundraiser

PTSD Awareness Month – Highlighting the Benefits of PTSD Service Dogs

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With PTSD Awareness Month fast approaching, I wanted to take a moment to help spread the PTSD awareness message.
PTSD Awareness Month

Since the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, most of us have heard of Post traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD by now. Many brave men and women in the armed services become afflicted with PTSD and it is because of their bravery and their willingness to tell their stories, that there is now a realization that PTSD effects not only our brave men and women in combat but also everyday people and children that suffer a traumatic experience in their lives.

National Center for PTSD AboutFace homepage

The Veterans Administration has a great article called Understanding PTSD.
If you have a moment you may want to read their article they have available in pdf format:

Understanding PTSD
“Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like combat, assault, a serious accident or disaster. Most people have some stress reactions after a trauma but if the reactions don’t go away over time or those reactions disrupt your life, you may have PTSD.”

4 Types of PTSD Symptoms

  • Reliving the event (also called reexperiencing)
  • Avoiding situations that remind you of the event
  • Feeling numb
  • Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal)
  • “People with PTSD may feel hopelessness, shame, or despair. Employment and relationship problems are also common. Depression, anxiety, and alcohol or drug use often occur at the same time as PTSD.”

    Getting Help for PTSD
    “If you continue to be upset for more than three months, seek help. You can feel better! PTSD is usually diagnosed in one or two sessions. Your doctor or a mental health professional will evaluate you. You will be asked about your trauma and symptoms. You may also be asked about other problems you have.”

    The VA has a PTSD Screen Questionnaire you can take online.

    “Effective Treatments available for PTSD are psychotherapy and in some cases medication.”

    PTSD Crisis Help Lines:

  • 911
  • VA Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  • The above information is available at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Visit the National Center for PTSD for additional information.

    PTSD Services Dogs

    PTSD Service Dogs
    PTSD Service Dogs are also known to work well with PTSD psychotherapy as a well-rounded approach to overcoming PTSD. Canines 4 Hope can create customized PTSD Service Dog training programs to help those who are suffering and living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    Canines for Hope Trained PTSD Service Dogs to:

  • Assistance in a medical crisis
  • Provide treatment related assistance
  • Assistance in coping with emotional overload
  • Perform security enhancement tasks
  • A speciality trained PTSD Dog can provide a sense of security, calming effects, and physical exercise that can make a positive difference in the life of those that suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Like all assistance dogs, a psychiatric service dog is individually trained to do work or perform tasks that mitigate their handler’s disability. Training may include providing environmental assessment (in such cases as paranoia or hallucinations), signaling behaviors (such as interrupting repetitive or injurious behavior reminding the handler to take medication, retrieving objects and guiding the handler from stressful situations.

    PTSD Service Dogs can literally change the life of a Veteran or other persons with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD Service dogs can help a person remain calm by preventing people from crowding around or rushing up behind in public places which will provide a comfortable space for the Veteran or PTSD sufferer.

    PTSD Service Dog Training

    PTSD Service Dogs can also:

  • help adjust serotonin levels
  • help lower blood pressure
  • help with episodes of depression
  • provide companionship
  • calm their handler
  • preventing people from crowding around or rushing up on their handler
  • Canines 4 Hope has been training PTSD Service Dogs for people with PTSD across the country for over 20 years. Call Us 1-772-631-4931 or visit our website:

    Canines 4 Hope Dog Training Florida

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    Canines 4 Hope has a New Website!! Visit Canines 4 Hope Dog Training Florida

    Canines 4 Hope Dog Training Florida, Florida Dog Trainers

    Canines 4 Hope Dog Training & Dog Training Services. Visit:

    Canines 4 Hope Dog Trainers has been serving the Treasure Coast Florida with their dog training services for many years. However, on 5-14-2012, Canines 4 Hope unveiled a new look for the company including a new informative website highlighting their unique dog training services they provide to Treasure Coast Florida, as well as speciality training services for Service Dogs offer to clients nationwide.

    Canines 4 Hope Dog Training in Stuart FL & Palm City FL provides Private In Home Dog Training:

    Canines 4 Hope makes house calls! We also offer Dog Boarding and Training services. Canines 4 Hope Dog Training services: Obedience Dog Training, Behavioral Dog Training and Puppy Training are locally offered to dog owners in South Florida including Port St Lucie FL, Dog Training Stuart FL, Vero Beach FL, Jupiter FL, Jensen Beach FL, West Palm Beach FL and Martin County, St Lucie County and Palm Beach County on the Treasure Coast.

    No Long Waiting Lists! Service Dogs and Service Dog Training to clients nationwide! Jason DeVito, Canines 4 Hope owner and certified service dog trainer specializes in training dogs to alert to specific medical conditions, retrieve medication and/or help and assist the owner. If you already have a dog, Jason can evaluate your dog to see if he/she is capable of being trained to service specifically for your medical condition. If you don’t have a dog but need a Service Dog, we will meet with you, discuss the details about your condition, needs and wants in the dog and we’ll find the perfect Service Dog for you. Canines 4 Hope will then train the dog custom to your medical needs. Many times we will go to our local dog shelters and find the perfect Rescue Dog for the job!

    Service Dogs & Service Dog Training Canines for Hope dog trainers specialize in personalized dog training for Service Dogs, Assistance Dogs, Therapy Dogs and Alert Dogs and offer:

    Dog Boarding & Training Services Canines 4 Hope also offers board and train services for puppys and dogs. Located on the Treasure Coast: Fort Pierce FL, Stuart FL, Palm City FL, Vero Beach FL, West Palm Beach and Jupiter Florida. We can board your dog and train them while they are here at our dog training facility! Going away on a vaction and can’t take your dog with you? Bring your dog to Canines 4 Hope and will board and train your dog while your enjoying your vaction.

    Contact: Canines 4 Hope Dog Training or call us: Phone: #772-631-4931