Freedom Service Dogs (FSD) enhances the lives of people with disabilities by rescuing dogs and custom training them for individual client needs. We provide lifetime support to our client-dog partners to encourage increased independence and the loving, therapeutic bond between canine and human.
Freedom Service Dogs is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has received numerous commendations, national press features, and government resolutions in support of our innovative work.
We train rescue dogs…
We do not breed dogs for the purposes of our mission—all dogs we use are rescues, and almost entirely from shelters across the Metro Denver area and the Front Range.
The all inclusive expense for custom training from start to finish is generally $20,000-$25,000 – but clients are not charged for our service. We focus our efforts on donating these wonderful animals to disabled people throughout our community to help promote independence in their difficult daily lives.
Any dog that does not fulfill all the comprehensive training requirements is found an adoptive home.
…to help people with permanent disabilities
People with mobility impairment must overcome challenges for even the simplest life tasks – picking up dropped keys or a pen, opening a door, turning on a light, getting the remote control, providing balance to assist with transferring to and from a wheelchair, and locating and acquiring the phone in case of emergency.
At any given point we have upwards of 30 people on a waiting list who struggle for on average more than a year as we seek funding to provide a service dog to suit their specialized needs. Please consider making a donation today.
Freedom Service Dogs, Inc. (FSD) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, physical or mental disability for the purpose of service, employment, membership, volunteering, or leadership.
The FSD Difference
- Rescue Dogs: FSD rescues and trains only unwanted and abandoned dogs, helping solve the pet overpopulation problem. There is no puppy-raising program or breeding.
- Custom Training: FSD matches dogs to their new partner and custom trains the dog to do the specific tasks required by each individual.
- Provide Lifetime Support: FSD maintains contact with clients to provide annual recertification for the service dog and give hands-on support in new skill development.
- Positive Training Methods: FSD uses positive reinforcement – click/treat – to shape play behaviors (retrieve, tug, paw, touch) into helpful tasks. FSD service dogs wag while they work!