Making Independence Possible

Providing assistance dogs to people across the nation since 1977

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What Makes Us Unique

We make a difference in people’s lives.

Assistance Dogs make a huge difference in the lives of trainers, owners, and clients. We aim to help acquire, train, and place dogs where they will make the best impact.

Sustainability Matters

We recognize our greater responsibility to care for our community and our planet: we’re reducing our carbon pawprint, we support our local communities, and we manage our organization by following our mission and values. Learn more.

Zero cost to clients.

There are no application fees or good faith deposits. Thanks to our outstanding donors, we are able to offer these amazing dogs at no cost to our clients.

Exceptional training and placement.

Certified professional staff train and place Assistance Dogs with individuals. Unlike most organizations who require you come to them, we go to the client and spend a week with them in their surroundings, learning about their routines, place of work, and unique community settings.

100% to program.

100% of your donation supports programmatic services. Administrative and fundraising expenses are fully funded by the interest earned from our long-standing endowment. Learn more.

About Us

Award-winning Dogs for Better Lives is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Central Point, Oregon. Formerly known as Dogs for the Deaf, we have been providing Assistance Dogs to people across the United States since 1977.

Dogs for Better Lives’ mission is to professionally train dogs to help people and enhance lives while maintaining a lifelong commitment to all dogs we rescue or breed and the people we serve.

Certified professional staff train and place Assistance Dogs with individuals who experience deafness; with children who are on the autism spectrum; and with professionals such as teachers, physicians, and licensed therapists whose students and clients can benefit from the dogs’ calming presence.

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Our Dogs

Hearing Assistance Dogs

Trained to alert people to household sounds that are necessary for everyday safety and independence.

Autism Assistance Dogs

Specially trained to enhance the safety and well-being of children and families living with Autism by providing a minimum of three tasks to assist with keeping children grounded and focused.

Facility Dogs

Go to work with and assist professionals such as physicians, teachers, counselors, police officers, and child advocates.

Career Change Dogs

Career Change Dogs are wonderful, adoptable dogs who are happy, loving, and healthy but just not suited to working for a living.

Success Stories

Success Stories