How Can You Help Wildcat Service Dogs?

As a student-run organization, Wildcat Service Dogs has limited financial resources.  All of our puppy raisers pay for vaccinations, grooming, treats and food for the program dog that they are raising, with no expectation of reimbursement.  Additionally, WSD relies heavily on donations and discounted rates from breeders for our program dogs.

 

If you would be interested in donating to Wildcat Service Dogs, we would love to get in contact with you! Please email us at wildcatservicedogs@gmail.com , or feel free to donate to our PayPal account that can be found on the left of this screen. Thank you so much for your consideration in donating!

What Does my Money Go Towards? 

$5-$20: Puppy Pack Supplies

Puppy packs are given to new trainers to start each training pair off with a few necessary supplies like toys, bowls, dog tags, and a collar and leash! Smaller donations go toward purchasing these items for our new puppy raisers.

 

We are also always in need of the following items:

  • kong classic dog toys (size large)
  • plain 32oz metal dog food/water bowls
  • gender-neutral puppy collars
  • 6ft nylon leashes
  • puzzle dog toys
  • 5lb bags of Taste of the Wild High Prarie Puppy Formula

Any items you should wish to donate can be mailed to 210 E. High Street, P.O. Box 612, Lexington KY 40507. We want to thank you so much for your generosity in donating so that we can support more student puppy raisers on their journeys to raise assistance dogs for people in need!

$60: Dog Crates

Our student puppy raisers each teach their puppy to sleep calmly in a crate at night, in case their forever person should need them to have good crate manners. Similarly, crate training keeps our puppies safe from ingesting unsafe items while our puppy raisers are sleeping, and encourages their independence; an important trait for assistance dogs to posess!

 

$25: Vests

Throughout their time in WSD, our dogs need clean, professional vests to wear when they are working and training in public. These vests let members of the public know when our dogs are on the job! As soon as we take them off, every program dog gets plenty of time to play and be their goofy selves!

 

$500-$1000: Puppies!

Our training supervisors and partner facility hand-select every puppy who enters into our training program from different breeders in the area to ensure proper temperament and health standards! The breeds we currently work with are: golden retrievers, labrador retrievers, golden-lab crosses, labradoodles, and golden-doodles. Interested in donating a puppy or offering a discount to our training supervisors? Please inquire further at wildcatservicedogs@gmail.com !

 

Special Donations

Please inquire about donations larger than $99, tax-deductible donations, or business sponsorship opportunities at wildcatservicedogs@gmail.com ! We are so grateful to all of our sponsors, and we make it our mission to promote the amazing businesses and families who help our students change to lives. Interested in sponsoring one puppy's journey toward becoming an assistance dog? Click here for more information, or see our many sponsorship opportunities below:

Special Thanks to our Wonderful Sponsors!

Puppy Sponsors:

 

The Yoder Family

Sponsoring: "Wrigley"

In 2015, the Yoders received one of our past program dogs, "Brady", as an in-home therapy dog for their son. Brady spent his first year in Wildcat Service Dogs with student puppy raiser, Jordan Canady, before completing one year of advanced training at ADAI and being placed in the Yoders' home to help their son with everyday tasks. They have been so generous to support our program ever since. Wrigley is our first sponsored puppy, named by the Yoders in memory of their goofy family dalmation. We are forever grateful for the chance they have given to our students to raise Wrigley to change a life some day.

 

Breeder Sponsors:

Thank you to the following breeders who have donated a puppy to WSD.

We are forever grateful of your contribution!:

 

Fogle Farms: Central Kentucky

 

Thank you to the following breeders who have offered discounted pricing to WSD for puppies!:

 

Terry Lipps of Stone Creek Farm Labs: Cincinnati, OH

 

Sunset Goldens: Villa Park, IL

 

Food Sponsors:

Thank you to the following buisnesses who have offer discounted rates to WSD members: 

 

Bluegrass Barkery

Offers members 10% off their entire purchase!

 

Emilio's Pet Nutrition

 

Veterinary Sponsors:

Thank you to the following buisnesses who offer discounted rates for

WSD student puppy raisers:

 

Chevy Chase Animal Clinic

 

Clays Mill Veterinary Clinic

 

Packages & Supplies Donors:

Thank you to the following buisnesses who have donated packages and supplies for WSD fundraisers!

 

Kurgo

Planet Dog Foundation

Feeders Supply

Hollywood Feed

Benebone

Kong

Fluff and Tuff

 

Fundraising Donors:

Thank you to the following people/businesses who have donated their time and resources

to put on a fundraiser for WSD's benefit!

 

Pet Paws Self Serve Pet Wash

2519 Regency Road, Lexington KY 40503

Pet Paws hosts our biggest fundraiser every semester: our biannual pet wash! Victoria Martin, the shop owner, allows our members to take over her shop for one Sunday every semester, and wash every dog that comes in for 100% profit toward our organization. She is so generous to donate her shop, supplies, and advertising to help our organization, as well as offering free pet wash services for our program dogs year-round. We are so grateful to her and her wonderful shop!

 

 

Isabell Park

Izzy is a WSD alumni, who raised "Berkeley" and "Franklin" during her time in WSD, as well as serving as Vice President and Training Supervisor in her senior year. Izzy designed our logo, countless promotional and educational videos and short documentaries, and frequently designs our merchanside for our semesterly fundraisers even after graduation. She has also recently planned our first "Painting with Pawcasso" Fundraiser, donating 100% of the proceeds to WSD.

 

Want to Become a Member?

Email our President, Molly Mathistad, at molly.mathistad@uky.edu or send us a message through our Facebook page for more information! 

 

Be sure to join us for our orientation meeting at the beginning of each semester!

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"Being a trainer will change your life. You learn patience, problem-solving and persistence.There are no words to describe how much someone grows through a partnership with a service dog in training."

-Hannah White, Training Supervisor (2013).

 

"WSD is an amazing organization. As an active member for four years, I learned that helping others not only gives back to society as a whole, but it also brings someone personal and lifelong joy."

-Jennifer Lyons, Puppy Raiser (2013) & Training Supervisor (2014).

 

"Getting to grow close to each dog through sitting has been life changing. These dogs truly leave paw prints on your heart and I feel so blessed to watch them grow."

-Brianna Vollman, WSD Sitter (2017). 

 

"The puppies I raised will have a place in my heart forever, but most of all, I am so grateful to have been given the chance to help them grow into dogs who can make someone's life better in a way that I can never fully understand. It was such an incredible experience to be able to give something so special to someone else." 

-Molly Mathistad, Puppy Raiser (2017), Training Supervisor (2017), & President (2018).

 

"Having a little puppy taught a big responsibility of time management and just being responsible in general. I'm so thankful he was brought into my life and still changes lives today."

-Haley Barter, Puppy Raiser & Secretary (2016).

 

"I get so excited for every dog in the program because every dog has so much potential and I love seeing them fulfill that purpose. I will forever be grateful to this program for showing me and letting me fulfill a passion for helping dogs, help people!"

-Caitlin Hudson, WSD Sitter & Photography Chair (2017).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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