As we round the corner into the new year, we look back on all of the many trials and triumphs of 2021. We are happy to release to you our Annual Report with a grateful heart for the opportunity to do this important work. The pandemic has presented organizations worldwide with unique challenges. As a nonprofit focused on helping people, Medical Mutts has certainly not been exempt from those challenges yet we have adapted and evolved in a way that has not seen us deviate from our mission a single inch. For that we are tremendously proud. We could have not done it without the unrelenting support of our followers, donors, board of directors, and staff. The passion for this work is palpable and inspires us every day. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your kindness.
Our vision of “saving dogs, helping people, promoting kindness” continues to ring true. After passing our initial temperament testing, our dogs come from shelters all over for a second chance as a service dog. Only 1 in 3 of our dogs will advance through all the training and reach graduation. Once in our program, the dogs go through our science-based curriculum before being placed with our clients. For 6-8 months, they are trained full-time by our dedicated team and learn over 30 different behaviors before being placed on Service Dog Teams with their human. For our “career change dogs” who do not pass all the training, they are fully vetted and instead placed into loving homes as pets. In 2021, we placed 23 dogs on Service Dog teams with clients.
We proudly ended 2021 with a full kennel of dogs in training and unprecedented public interest in our work. We experienced growth across all programs and continued to position ourselves as the leaders in Service Dog training by participating in research and hosting training events. As we look ahead to 2022, we look forward to saving even more dogs, helping more people, and continuing to promote kindness.