rock and dodge

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. 

Donate here and just check "make this a reccurring donation."

Please extend a warm welcome to Newman, our newest Raising Hope Dog in training. Newman is a young black lab who was donated to us by a great family from Southern California. Newman is everything that a lab should be. He’s sweet, sensitive, playful, thoughtful and generally a great guy to hang around.  We are excited about Newman‘s future. We anticipate great things from this handsome lad!  Stay tuned for Newman’s great adventures!  

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as we raise and train dogs who empower impossible things

Our dogs change kids' lives.

Raising Hope Dogs


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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.

​​We are delighted with the placement of Raising Hope Dogs' autism service dog, Cedar. Cedar is a three-year-old standard poodle who has been matched with William, a very energetic and fun 16-year-old. William and Cedar have been working hard on their training. Cedar is assisting William in his everyday life activities and his therapy goals. 

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


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.

Because some day we will play again!


check out our profile on phoenIx city channel 11

Our Mission

Remembering some of our favorite moments

from the past SIX years. love!

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.


Hi! I'm Newman, the newest puppy-in-training!

Take credit! With so many ways to give, don't miss any opportunity to support Raising Hope Dogs

william and cedar

our History

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.

2020 - Despite COVID-19 causing extra programming to be put on pause, Raising Hope Dogs graduated three more dogs.

​2020 - Raising Hope Dogs entered more puppies into training - plus one cat to teach the pups how to behave around future felines they might meet while working with kids. #tryhard

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. 


our purpose

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

Meet Raising Hope Dogs' Dodge, a gentle giant of a Lab. He is working with Rock, a precious six-year-old boy with autism. Rock struggles to make connections and can become overwhelmed when life does not make sense, so Dodge is his stabilizing  companion to focus him and help him through his struggles. We thought you'd love to see the video Rock's mom made to show their interaction. 

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. Donate here and just check "make this a reccurring donation" and you are good to go!