A supporter of Raising Hope Dogs, and host of our HopeDog Challenge summer camp in southern California (Agape Ranch Dog Sports), is offering us the opportunity to buy their used and extremely lovingly and well-maintained 2008 Sprinter cargo van, complete with custom built kennels.

Why are we interested? This van is equipped to transport our dogs and puppies-in-training safely and securely and can hold 12 dogs at a time. You’d be surprised at the amount of road time our dogs spend as part of their time learning new skills in varied locations all over the Valley and the state.

Why else? Our supporters are willing to let us have the van for a $9,000 down payment, and will carry the balance for the remainder of the $18,000 asking price with no interest at an extremely low monthly payment.


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


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 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!"


    Friday, May 18 at 4 pm
    Thursday June 28

    TRAINING DAYS: Friday & Saturday June 28 & 29

    Saturday June 30

  • TRAINING DAYS: Thursday and Friday July 12 & 13

    GAME DAY: Saturday July 14

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.

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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.

crowdfunding opportunity: help us transport puppies-in-training safely

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The Sprinter has 161,000 miles on it and is only available because the owners need a bigger one in order to be able to evacuate all of their dogs safely, in case of another devastating California wildfire.

They would like to see the van go to a good home — and we want to do everything we can to make sure our pups also make it to good homes with good kids, living our motto: Try Hard. Be Brave.

Help us raise the downpayment now.


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 Mission

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.