Service Dogs

Golden Opportunites for Independence

A New KIND of Service Dog Program

Imagine not being able to pick up a pen that fell from your hand, forgetting to turn on lights that are 10 feet away and you are nestled nicely in bed or needing to call 911 to have someone help you back into your chair after falling to the floor.  These are all realities that people with disabilities face daily.  Now imagine having a dog that can help you in all those instances.  Not having to impose on someone else means independence. Our service dogs are partnered with children and adults with physical and psychiatric disabilities to assist with daily tasks.  Please help us continue to do the great work we are doing with these amazing animals.
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SERVICE​DOGS

Our Working Dogs 

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OUR WORKING TEAMS
Established in 2015, Golden Opportunities has graduated many working teams of handlers and service dogs.  Here are just a few of their stories.

Colleen and Buddy

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Colleen was only 16 years old when she became part of the GOFI family.  She was still in high school at the time.  It was a chore to get her to go to school every day, actually, it was a chore to get her out of her room during this time.  She was diagnosed with Epilepsy when she was only 9 years old.  During her childhood, she had broken many bones due to falling down when she would have a seizure.  When she met Buddy, all that changed.  She now had a reason to get out of the house and she even enjoyed it!  She came to training every weekend and Jason and Marybeth who raised Buddy for her would get together during the week.  They developed a great friendship and are still in contact today.  In fact, one of our goals at GOFI is to have our recipients have that chance to make friends and enjoy social outings while having a chance to train their own Service Dog.  Today Colleen is a trainer for GOFI and does presentations to tell her story and to hopefully help others as GOFI has helped her.   

James and Georgia

Colleen was only 16 years old when she became part of the GOFI family.  She was still in high school at the time.  It was a chore to get her to go to school everyday, actually it was a chore to get her out of her room during this time.  She was diagnosed with Epilepsy when she was only 9 years old.  During her childhood, she had broken many bones due to falling down when she would have a seizure.  When she met Buddy, all that changed.  She now had a reason to get out of the house and she even enjoyed it!  She came to trainings every weekend and Jason and Marybeth who raised Buddy for her would get together during the week.  They developed a great friendship and are still in contact today.  In fact, one of our goals at GOFI is to have our recipients have that chance to make friends and enjoy social outings, while having a chance to train their own Service Dog.  Today Colleen is a trainer for GOFI and does presentations to tell her story and to hopefully help others as GOFI has helped her.   

Allison and Gordy

Colleen was only 16 years old when she became part of the GOFI family.  She was still in high school at the time.  It was a chore to get her to go to school everyday, actually it was a chore to get her out of her room during this time.  She was diagnosed with Epilepsy when she was only 9 years old.  During her childhood, she had broken many bones due to falling down when she would have a seizure.  When she met Buddy, all that changed.  She now had a reason to get out of the house and she even enjoyed it!  She came to trainings every weekend. Jason and Marybeth who raised Buddy for her would get together during the week for an additional training session.  They developed a great friendship and are still in contact today.  In fact, one of our goals at GOFI is to have our recipients have that chance to make friends and enjoy social outings, while also having a chance to train their own Service Dog.  Today Colleen is a trainer for GOFI and does presentations to tell her story and to hopefully help others as GOFI has helped her.   

Kelly and Tiberius

Colleen was only 16 years old when she became part of the GOFI family.  She was still in high school at the time.  It was a chore to get her to go to school everyday, actually it was a chore to get her out of her room during this time.  She was diagnosed with Epilepsy when she was only 9 years old.  During her childhood, she had broken many bones due to falling down when she would have a seizure.  When she met Buddy, all that changed.  She now had a reason to get out of the house and she even enjoyed it!  She came to trainings every weekend and Jason and Marybeth who raised Buddy for her would get together during the week.  They developed a great friendship and are still in contact today.  In fact, one of our goals at GOFI is to have our recipients have that chance to make friends and enjoy social outings, while having a chance to train their own Service Dog.  Today Colleen is a trainer for GOFI and does presentations to tell her story and to hopefully help others as GOFI has helped her.   

How We Help Others

Providing Dogs for Kids in Need

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    -Pauline Hoegler
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FACILITY DOGS

ANIMAL-ASSITED THERAPY
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Animal assisted therapy is a goal directed intervention that integrates an animal into the treatment process.   

Our facility is used by therapists to work one on one with clients in a relaxing atmosphere in which the dogs are able to provide improved physical, emotional, and/or cognitive function.  Our dogs are also available for children to take to their therapy visits or for court dates.

We are presently fundraising to make this area more inviting to patients and assist with their needs for comfort and safety.
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Help us make our tharapy room more inviting for children to have therapy sessions with our dogs.

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