as we raise and train dogs who empower impossible things
RHD is an Arizona nonprofit corporation and an Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization (QCO Code 20950), meaning your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and for AZ taxpayers, your support can mean a dollar-for-dollar credit of up to $800 for couples and $400 for individuals.
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We are hard at work developing a video that will show how Raising Hope dogs work and the impact they have on the kids and teens they work with.
Pretty cute, huh? Stay tuned for the full release this fall and see interviews with the co-founders, kids and parents.
RHD is a nonprofit and an Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization (QCO Code 20950), meaning your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and for AZ taxpayers, your support can mean a dollar-for-dollar credit of up to $800 for couples and $400 for individuals.
The work of Raising Hope Dogs and our special collaboration with Arizona Dog Sports is featured in this episode of Phoenix Pets, on Phoenix City Channel 11. Check out these dogs in training and get a feel for what our work is all about.
We start with puppies of all shapes and sizes, and grow them into highly skilled working dogs. They partner with professionals to help kids with autism, behavioral challenges, down syndrome and cerebral palsy overcome obstacles and reach important life goals.
2013 - The founders join together to explore the use of highly-skilled dogs in therapy sessions. Frisco, Osa and Secret, the original therapy dogs, show that they can achieve powerful outcomes with kids.
2015 - Raising Hope Dogs is created.
2016 - The first HopeDog Challenge is held with 12 dogs and 18 athletes competing in teams. Now, Game Days are held in the spring and fall each year, with a three-day "camp" in the summer in both southern California and northern Arizona.
2017 - Raising Hope Dogs becomes an IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and an Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization.
2018 - Raising Hope Dogs adds additional programming for outreach to kids; the first official canine graduate goes to work full-time in therapy sessions.
2019 - Raising Hope Dogs is awarded a significant grant from USA Today to support the ongoing training of dogs.
Our dogs change kids' lives.
Raising Hope Dogs™
It takes a special kind of fuel to keep our HopeDog athletes going on a busy Game Day. For our spring event, Raising Cane's donated their famous chicken strips and lemonade to feed the teams and their fans, and for our fall event, Fox Restaurant Concepts sent their magnificent two-story The Rocket pizza truck over with donated pizzas and salads to feed our athletes and their cheering fans. What a treat and what a show! Thank you, FRC and Raising Cane's!
Raising Hope Dogs acquires and trains dogs to work primarily with children from low-income families. When used in conjunction with standard therapies, the use of our dogs accelerates progress, advancing the health and well-being of the clients dramatically.
Kids and teens with disabilities face obstacles that can be so overwhelming, the steps enabling success can be seemingly impossible to take.
BUT OUR DOGS CHANGE EVERYTHING.