meet xavier

Our Mission

RHD is both a nonprofit and an Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization, 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.

our History

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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

Our dogs change kids' lives.



 Xavier started working with Raising Hope Dogs four years ago when he was 12 years old. "It was a great day when he began working with the dogs," said Xavier's grandmother, Sue. 

Currently working with Dandy, one of Raising Hope's therapy dogs, Xavier has confidence, Sue said. Confidence not only to try new things, but to talk to groups about autism. "I feel that the work Raising Hope Dogs does for all of the kids is beyond belief," said Sue. "Xavier has more of a well-rounded life with all of the great programs he has participated in. Now that he is 16, we are looking forward to how he will do in adulthood. The future looks very bright!"

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


our purpose

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. 


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 three-day "camp" in the summer.

2017 - Raising Hope Dogs becomes an IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and an Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization.