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.
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.
For HopeDog Challenge Fall Season Game Day, on December 8, Fox Restaurant Concepts sent their magnificent two-story The Rocket pizza truck over with donated pizzas and salads to feed our athletes and their cheering fans. What a treat and what a show! Thank you, FRC!
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.
The work of Raising Hope Dogs and our special collaboration with Arizona Dog Sports is featured on this recent 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.
Saturday, March 23
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, February 16
Saturday, February 23
Saturday, March 2
Saturday, March 9
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.
RHD 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 AZ 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:
as we raise and train dogs who empower impossible things
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.