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Blue Ridge Assistance Dogs


Trinity Church is blessed to have an ongoing relationship with Blue Ridge Assistance Dogs.

Blue Ridge Assistance Dogs (BRAD) was founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization dedicated to providing specially selected and professionally trained service dogs to adults, children and veterans disabled by mobility impairments, seizures, diabetes, autism and post-traumatic stress.

At a glance, BRAD:

  • Is internationally accredited by Assistance Dogs International since 2008.

  • Has graduated 24 teams (humans/service dogs).  We place our dogs with veterans, children and adults.

  • Places a number of types of service dogs including for mobility impairments, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), balance, autism, seizure alert/response, and diabetes alert/response.

  • Was awarded the Booker Willoughby Service Dog of the Year in 2002.

  • Provides a minimum of 140 hours of training for each service dog and human partner.

  • Operates a professional training facility that trains 9+ dogs on a weekly basis.

  • Has 1 staff member, 7 puppy raisers, a number of volunteers, and 8 board members who oversee planning, policy and fundraising.

  • Relies on individual and corporate cash donations as well as donations of dog food, training facilities, veterinary services, and more to operate.   These are tax deductible.

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