Guardian Service Dogs

Service Dogs Save Lives(TM)

COLORADO SPGS, CO   |  www.guardianservicedogs.com
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Mission

Guardian Service Dogs is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to making Service Animals more accessible to Veterans, Service Members and others in need by providing quality Individualized Service Animal Training and assistive/adaptive equipment to individuals with disabilities, service animal research and training development, as well as serving the community by promoting education and awareness of Service Animals in accordance with the ADA.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Training Director

David Proctor

Director/Founder

Jamie Proctor

Main address

PO Box 15581

COLORADO SPGS, CO 80935 USA

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EIN

47-4648004

NTEE code info

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Unknown (Z99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Guardian Service Dogs provides an alternative disability mitigation option for various medical conditions with the use of a Service Dog performing medically necessary tasks and enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by providing Quality Service Animal Training. These costs include but are not limited to basic and emergency care of Service Animal, Training and Certification of Service Animal, Assistive and adaptive equipment. Clients include veterans and active duty soldiers and families, as well as other adults and children. Their disabilities include but are not limited to: • Traumatic Brain Injury • Seizures • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) • Spina Bifida, Paralysis • Dissociative Disorders • Military Sexual Trauma. These much needed service are not covered by the Veterans Administration(VA) or by any insurance.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

22Saved

22Saved is intended to help reduce veteran suicide with Service Dogs

22Saved is intended to help reduce veteran suicide by providing Veterans with Service Dogs to not only perform tasks related to various disabilities but also to aid veterans in regaining their independence and reintegrating into society with the assistance of a Service Animal.

2012 Veteran’s Administration Suicide Data Report
In 2012 according to a report by the VA their studies showed 22 Veterans a Day commit suicide.

Colorado is home to 383,699 Veterans that is 9.4% of the population. 82,890 of those have service-connected disabilities www.veteransdata.info

Colorado Veterans range in age from 18 – 80+ and many of them are in need of a Service Dog but cannot afford one. Only a select few of them are able to cover the cost of a Service Dog. Due to this many will never be able to know the difference a Service Dog can make in their life. Every veteran’s life has been affected by suicide one way or another.

22Saved is designed to select, pair and train 22 Veterans and 22 Service Dogs under Guardian Service Dogs, Service Dog Training Program. Veterans will be identified first then paired with a service dog in training that has been specifically identified to fit each Veterans unique needs. The animal will live with the Veteran from point of adoption to ensure proper bond of the team. The team will attend Guardian Service Dogs Service Dog Training Courses in which the Veteran will learn to train and use their Service Dog in everyday situations.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with disabilities

Service Dogs Save Lives - Lupa’s Legacy is designed to help provide as many Veterans, Service Members and Persons in need with Quality Service Dogs

Lupa is the face of Guardian Service Dogs and loves to help train. Lupa has loved working with many Service Dog Teams over the last 6 years but unfortunately Lupa has had to retire from the active lifestyle. She still performs Service Dog duties for her current handler but Lupa has found a new mission that she hopes will carry on long after her.

Lupa’s Legacy is to help provide as many disabled individuals with quality Service Dogs as possible.

Lupa’s main focus is to help Disabled Veterans and Service Members but over the years she has developed a soft spot Children and others in need.

These Service Dogs not only perform tasks related to various disabilities but also to aid their handlers in regaining their independence and reintegrating into society with the assistance of a Service Animal.

Lupa’s Legacy is designed to select, pair and train Disabled Handlers with Service Dogs under Guardian Service Dogs, Service Dog Training Program. Handlers will be identified first then paired with a Service Dog in training that has been specifically identified to fit each handler’s unique needs. The animal will live with the handler from point of adoption to ensure proper bond of the team. The team will attend Guardian Service Dogs' Service Dog Training Courses in which the handler will learn to train and use their Service Dog in everyday situations.

Since 2016, Lupa and Guardian Service Dogs has helped fully train:
10 service dogs with Disabled Veterans. There are an additional 6 Veteran/Service Dog teams that will completing Training by July 2019.
Seven (7) Service Dogs for Military dependents, children and civilians.
This is a cumulative total of 23 Service Dogs either placed or currently in training and does not include the growing list of individuals on our waiting list

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Goals include:
• Providing Veterans with a quality Owner assisted Service Dog Training program tailored specifically towards individual training needs
• Providing our service at no cost to veterans and service members
• Providing our services to military and service member families
and civilians (limited spaces avail.)
• Researching benefits of service dogs
• Research and development related to service dogs and training techniques

We provide quality, high-level handler assisted training as well as ADA education for clients and businesses.
• We do not use Puppy Fosters/Puppy Raisers. The Handler is involved in every aspect of the training encouraging a better bond and ensuring the success of the Team
• No Service Dog In Training is selected without first identifying the Handler.
• Once we meet with the handler we discuss their needs for their service dog and make recommendations as to what the best fit would be.
• After the tasks and potential breeds are identified, the Handler then is accompanied by one of our K9 Behavior Analyst's. Potential dogs are tested and identified for characteristics indicative of desired behaviors and trainability factors. Each dog is ultimately selected By the handler from the list of recommended candidates.
• The dog is adopted by the handler and belongs to the handler and lives with the handler from the point of adoption. When the pup is a Minimum 12 weeks of age the Handler and Dog attend our hands on training course beginning with a minimum 6 months of Obedience Training (3 courses, each 8 weeks in length) , then progressing on to a minimum 6 months of Advanced Service Dog Training consisting 12 weeks of Public Access Training (Service Dog ONLY environments) and 12 weeks of Individual Task Training (tasks are individual to each handler inorder to mitigate individual disibilities)

What we train for?

Our Service Dog Training includes, but is not limited to:
• Assisting those with PTSD, TBI, Traumatic Amputation or Paralysis
• Recognizing and assisting during seizures
• Alerting individuals who may be experiencing dissociative episodes and/or flashbacks of emotional trauma
• Assisting those with Item and/or Crowd Aversion
• Emergency Alert activation
• Pulling a wheelchair or stabilizing a person's gait
• Retrieving items such as medicine, Prosthetics, walking aids (cane/crutches etc) or the telephone

With minimal funding, and lots of dedication, Since 2016, Guardian Service Dogs has helped fully train:
• 10 service dogs with Disabled Veterans. There are an additional 6 Veteran/Service Dog teams that will completing Training by July 2019.
• Seven (7) Service Dogs for Military dependents, children and civilians.
• Growing number of signups.

This is a cumulative total of 23 Service Dogs either placed or currently in training and does not include the growing list of individuals on our waiting list and those currently in the Service Dog selection process.

What's Next?
Raising funds to cover the cost of training to help more individuals
Securing a permanent training facility
Securing Lodging to accommodate out of area clients
Acquiring an ADA compliant wheelchair accessible Vehicle to facilitate training and provide transportation for those who would otherwise not be able to attend training.

Financials

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Guardian Service Dogs

Board of directors
as of 07/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

David Proctor

Guardian Service Dogs

Term: 2015 -


Board co-chair

Jamie Proctor

Thomas Duening

Tom Daschbach

Kevin Syracuse

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/29/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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