Our dogs change kids' lives.
Raising Hope Dogs™
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From HopeDog Challenge to special class opportunities for kids with autism and other disabilities, Raising Hope Dogs is committed to providing as many transformative experiences as we can.
Most of the families we serve cannot afford the extra cost of these activities, so as part of #Giving Tuesday, we are fundraising $7,500 to underwrite special programming and training in 2019.
Help us today by donating now and be a part of the team that helps kids
"Try hard. Be brave."
And remember, Raising Hope Dogs is a nonprofit AND an Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization (QCO Code 20950), meaning your donations are tax deductible and for Arizona taxpayers, your support can mean a dollar-for-dollar credit of up to $800 for couples and $400 for individuals.
Saturday, December 8
11 am - 3 pm
ARIZONA RECREATION CENTER FOR THE HANDICAPPED
HOPEDOG CHALLENGE is an exciting day of dog sport competition designed for kids and teens with autism.
The athletes learn how to play with highly-skilled sport dogs and develop important physical, social, and emotional skills. Kids and dogs join together on Training Days to learn a range of games using Frisbees, tunnels and jumps. They take these skills to Game Day, and win points for themselves and their team. Kids have fun, earn achievements, and grow in surprising, significant ways.
Saturday, October 20
Saturday, October 27
Saturday, November 10
Saturday, November 17
ALL TRAINING DAYS are held from 9 am to about Noon at Steele Indian School Park.
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.
as we raise and train dogs who empower impossible things