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phoenix, az

Practice days March 14, 15 & 21

Game Day March 22

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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.

Watch this and see how the magic happens

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.

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as we raise and train dogs who empower impossible things

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.

Named for Raising Hope Dogs' first and best ever therapy dog, Frisco Society members are legacy and monthly donors, major donors and inaugural supporters of the organization. Thank you for your belief in our mission and for helping our dogs empower seemingly impossible things. 

Learn more and donate here. Just check "make this a reoccurring donation" and you are good to go!

Try hard. Be brave! 

Raising Hope Dogs 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 Arizona taxpayers, your support can mean a dollar-for-dollar credit of up to

$800 for couples and $400 for individuals.

You can donate directly HERE or in these other, easy ways to give:

  • ​ If you are 70 1/2 or older and own an IRA, the Charitable IRA allows you to transfer funds to a worthy cause, like Raising Hope Dogs. Your gift will offset your required distribution, reducing your income and taxes.

  •  If you'd rather transfer a gift of stock to Raising Hope Dogs, we are now working with TD Ameritrade to facilitate those gifts. It's a fast way to make a big impact in the lives of the kids we serve. For more information on how, email beverly

  • Become a monthly donor and join the Frisco Society. Learn more and donate here. Just check "make this a reoccurring donation" and you are good to go!

flagstaff, AZ

Practice days Juy 9 &10

Game Day July 11

check out our profile on phoenIx city channel 11


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thank you to everyone who attended

Raise the Woof! 2019 

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Our Mission

We had a blast and we know you did, too. Thank you for helping to support the vital work of Raising Hope Dogs and for helping to spread the word about what we do and the lives we transform.

valley center, ca

Practice days June 24, 25, 26

Game Day June 27


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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. 

hope dog challenge
spring and summer dates announced

Do all your shopping through Amazon (it is the exact same site as the Amazon we know and love) and you can designate your favorite charity (ahem), to receive a portion of the money you spend -- sent directly from Amazon to us.

Sign up and in the charity search function, look for Raising Hope Inc. That's us! Select our name and then every time you shop at Amazon Smile, know you are helping transform lives. Doesn't that feel great?


So many opportunities to play and hone your sportsmanship skills and be a part of a team. Our Phoenix spring season dates are below, as are those for our San Diego-area summer camp and July summer camp in Flagstaff, Arizona. For more information or to register, email See you on the field!


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.

Thanks to a generous supporter of Raising Hope Dogs, we were able to produce a video to give you a better idea of how our dogs work their magic. Watch now to see what we do, why we do it -- and the impact on the families we serve.

Kids and teens with disabilities face obstacles that can be so overwhelming, the steps enabling success can be seemingly impossible to take.