A Time of Giving Thanks

At the Stephens Funeral Home, Inc. we are giving thanks and celebrating the 4-year anniversary of Sammy, our comfort dog joining our family.

As dogs so unselfishly do, Sammy has provided support and comfort to so many members of the community in the past year as they have coped with the loss of friends and loved ones.  In honor of Sammy, and the invaluable service he provides, we are looking to sponsor a Puppy for America’s VetDogs and the Guide Dog Foundation. Their ultimate goal? To serve individuals across our country who have visual, hearing, emotional, or other physical disabilities. Working side by side with their handlers, their guide and service dogs provide enhanced mobility, a renewed sense of pride and self-reliance, and make ordinary moments extraordinary. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $6000.

Your gift helps cover the first year of life for a puppy-in-training and your contribution helps to cover a portion of the costs associated with final training for one dog on their way to becoming a working guide/service dog.   Please help us to provide a “BEST” friend to someone who needs a Sammy of their very own. 

Sammy and the Stephens Funeral Home Family

  • 5,341 Raised so far

Information about the Puppy Sponsorship Opportunity

Puppy sponsors have the opportunity to name a puppy that will be raised by a puppy raiser family. A puppy sponsor receives a photo and certificate of the puppy once it’s been assigned a name. The sponsor receives periodic updates on how the puppy is progressing in the program and will be invited to "Celebration Sunday" should the dog be scheduled to graduate from the program. This contribution is $6,000 and helps to cover a portion of the costs associated with breeding, puppy raising, and veterinary care. A dog sponsor will be listed in our annual report. We cannot offer a replacement for any puppies that are “career changed” out of the program. Medical and/or behavioral issues can prevent a dog from graduating on class. To learn more, download the Puppy Sponsorship brochure and application.

Meet Joe Worley, a Graduate of the America's VetDogs Program

About America’s VetDogs®

America’s VetDogs® is dedicated to providing service dogs, FREE of charge, to servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much for this country.  Since 2006, more than 350 assistance dogs have been trained and placed as guide and service dogs with disabled veterans of all eras. America’s VetDogs provides guide dogs with individuals who are blind or have low vision; hearing dogs for people who have lost their hearing later in life, service dogs for those with other physical disabilities, facility dogs that work with physical and occupational therapists as part of the rehabilitation process in military and VA hospitals, and PTSD service dogs to help mitigate the effects of PTSD in an effort to provide the emotional and physical support needed.

In 2013, America’s VetDogs became the second assistance dog organization in the United States to be certified by the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International – the Guide Dog Foundation was the first.

The cost to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog is over $50,000.  America’s VetDogs relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs and foundations. To learn more about America’s VetDogs and its services and programs, visit www.VetDogs.org