Our service dogs have the power to change the lives of heroes and their families. Dogs Helping Heroes has placed three service dogs with injured heroes, and the results have been amazing. We’d like to share the heartwarming stories of a few of the canines that were transformed from rescue dogs into service dogs, transforming the lives of heroes.
Meet the organizations that currently help us to help our injured military veterans and first responders, as well as Gold Star families. The assistance they provide in rescuing and training our dogs makes it possible for us to help restore freedom and peace of mind to our Kentuckiana wounded heroes and their families. We are grateful for their partnership.
Duffy’s Dog Training Center
A premier canine training center in the Kentuckiana area supplements the training received at the prisons with intensive service dog training. This training takes approximately 30 days and focuses on manners and formal commands, as well as service tasks. Tasks may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- · Emotional support for heroes
- · Stability as a prosthetic
- · Mobility assistance
- · Retrieving dropped items
- · Seizure alert
- · Emotional support for families of a lost hero
Piece of My Heart Rescue
Since 2010, the owner of Piece of My Heart has been rescuing, grooming, training and living with her dogs. She assesses their temperament and behavior, personality and habits. Piece of My Heart Rescue not only finds dogs, but also recognizes their potential as service dogs. We obtained our dog, Cash, through this organization. Cash underwent basic training at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex before being sent to a professional dog training facility for service dog training.
Paws Behind Bars
The "Paws Behind Bars" program at Luther Luckett Correction Complex, a medium-security state prison located near La Grange, Kentucky in Oldham County, places homeless shelter dogs with carefully selected inmates for obedience, socialization and service dog training. During the training program, the dogs learn basic manners, while the prisoners learn job skills and the importance of being dependable, responsible team players.
Git R Done Foundation
The Git-R-Done Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by Larry the Cable Guy and his wife, Cara, as a focal point for the family’s philanthropy in 2009. The foundation’s mission is highly dedicated to helping children and veterans, one cause at a time, through organizations supporting our focus areas. The Git-R-Done Foundation has made numerous donations, including donations to the Arnold Palmer Foundation for the treatment and cure of hip dysplasia, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital and Operation Homefront. For information or to donate, visit www.gitrdonefoundation.org
The Humane Society of Oldham County
The Humane Society of Oldham County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in LaGrange, Kentucky has been training rescued and shelter dogs through their prison dog training program since 2009. KSR Camp K9, located at the Kentucky State Reformatory, matches homeless dogs with specially selected inmate handlers to train these dogs in basic manners, basic obedience commands, service dog training, and a few tricks for just plain fun. These dogs go on to be adopted family companion dogs or service dogs providing assistance to veterans and first responders. The Humane Society of Oldham County is a no-kill organization, helping animals and community since 1986. For more information or to donate, visit www.humanesocietyoldhamcounty.com.
Friends & Neighbors
$300,000 in-kind initiative to support and publicize community organizations and agencies committed to the betterment of Louisville, KY and Southern Indiana. Friends & Neighbors pledges in-kind support in monthly increments to nominated organizations in the form of radio commercials, online presence, and employee volunteering.
How do non-profit organizations get chosen?
Anyone can nominate an organization they find deserving and see who has been honored so far when you log onto friendsandneighborsonline.com. Beneficiaries are chosen by an internal committee at SummitMedia.
Park Community Federal Credit Union
What is Parkcommunitygives?
In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, we are paying forward our success by partnering with charities in the community. For one full year, Park Community’s staff and members will come together for one common purpose: giving back.
Within our regional markets, we will select a number of charitable organizations to help us give back. Whether it’s a contribution, a collection, or simply random acts of kindness—Park Community is driven to give back on a whole new level. Join us in our efforts by helping spread the word and getting involved.
If you have a charity you’re passionate about, contact us at www.parkcommunitygives.com. We’re looking to partner with local charities that deserve to be recognized for their efforts in helping others succeed.