Sponsor and Learn About our Dogs in Training

Meet our service dogs in training!

On this page of our website, we are proud to show off our current service dogs in training. They are all at different stages of training, some have just started out, while others are almost ready to graduate. To see how we select our dogs, please check out the page Our Service Dogs are Rescued.

A little bit about our dogs and how they start into our program.

First, all of our dogs are rescued! We work with rescues and shelters to find the candidates that have the right qualities to be trained as service dogs. After a thorough preselection based on age, health, and temperament, the dogs are brought into our facility where they will start on their new journey and get a chance for a new life.

Once they get to the Medical Mutts headquarters, the new arrivals are kept under observation and in quarantine for 2 weeks to make sure they are healthy and ready to start training. It will then take many months of full-time training to teach them all they need to know to be able to help a person with their special needs.

But…

There’s always a but about training dogs! No matter how hard we try, many won’t make it through our service dog training program. In the first few months, due to health and/or behavior, for some dogs, it will become apparent that they won’t be able to continue on this path. They’re still great dogs and will make great pets but being a service dog is just not their calling. We will then post the dog on our website and social media in the search for their furever home!

But…we still need help

On average, only about 1 out of 4 dogs will be placed as a service dog. Through the many months of training that it takes to train the dogs to become service dogs, we continuously monitor their health and their behavior. Many won’t meet our standards and will be rehomed as pets. Each time we pick up a new dog, there are many expenses that we always have to cover, whether they will become service dogs or not. Travel, medical check-ups, x-rays, medication, food, toys, and training quickly add up in the first weeks at our facility. Expenses average $1265 that is spent on each dog, even when they don’t make it through our training program. This doesn’t even include training time which is the biggest expense!

Each dog will have their own individual page, where you’ll be able to follow their progress. You’ll also be able to donate and sponsor any of our service dogs in training and help us as we work hard to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of those who need a service dog. With your support, we can continue our efforts in saving dogs and helping people who struggle with a disability.

“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.”  – Mandy Hale

(This is a work in progress while we get this program started! Links will appear for each dog for you to learn more!)

 

*Please note: these dogs are currently at various stages of training for our clients already on our waitlist. They are NOT available to choose as a service dog and will be assigned to a person based on our matching protocols.

More information on how to apply here.*

Tony

From Indianapolis Animal Care Services
Indianapolis, IN

Bo

From Creekside Animal Rescue
Roachdale, IN

Magic

From Creekside Animal Rescue
Roachdale, IN

Ralphie

From Owner Surrender
Indianapolis, IN

Vern

From Montgomery County Animal Care
Clarksville, TN

Sylvie

From Indianapolis Animal Care
Indianapolis, IN

Eddie

From Montgomery County Animal Care
Clarksville, TN

Haven

From Montgomery County Animal Care
Clarksville, TN

Ray

From Creekside Animal Rescue
Roachdale, IN

Milly

From Owner
Johnson, IN

Dr. Pepper

From Montgomery County Animal Care
Clarksville, TN

Rigby

From Indianapolis Animal Care
Indianapolis, IN

Banjo

From Tails & Trails
Greenwood, IN

Halo

From Shelby County Animal Care
Shelbyville, KY

Jack

From Almost Home Humane Society
Lafayette, IN

Scooter

From Indianapolis Animal Care Services
Indianapolis, IN

Trickster

From Shelby County Animal Care
Shelbyville, KY