WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
AnnieMac's Goal is Simple:
Sponsor 2 - 3 dogs annually to help improve the life of a hero who has sacrificed a major part of their life and well-being for the betterment of all of us.
Our goal is to change two lives with one swing!
Freedom Service Dogs is a nonprofit charitable organization based in Denver, Colorado, which trains shelter, rescue, and other dogs to be service dogs and provides them to people with disabilities who need them. The organization, which was founded in 1987, relies on charitable donations and does not
charge clients who receive the dogs.
Freedom Service Dogs provides dogs for people who have a wide range of conditions, including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and autism.
In 2009, the organization launched “Operation Freedom,” which focused specifically on the needs
of veterans who were returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with a wide array of mental and physical problems including post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Service dogs can help
by either performing tasks for physically disabled veterans, or providing the support that enables veterans with psychiatric disabilities to re-adjust to civilian life.
Freedom Service Dogs custom trains each dog to meet the needs of specific clients, which
is a painstaking process. The training for each dog can take 7-10 months and cost up to tens of thousands of dollars. Dogs that are not suitable candidates for service dog work are placed in loving homes through the organization's adoption program.