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Wilderwood Service Dogs

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Holly Fuller-Young

on 28 February 2014

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Safer children, Relieved Parents.
Why it works
A trained service dog sees and reacts differently to a child displaying
autistic behaviors than a human does. "...If a person is behaving strangely,
the dog will look at the therapist and say, 'That kid is behaving strangely,
but it's alright with me." (Dr. Francois Martin: Therapy Dogs for Autistic

Dogs strongly stimulate children's focus and offer feedback that is quicker,
predictable, and more easily understood than a human's feedback. (Prothmann
et al., 2005).

Service dogs increase safety and security within the home and in public and, among
other positive effects, parents report their children “just seem happier” (Burrows,
Adams, & Spiers, 2008, p. 1645)

4 Families - 4 Dogs - 4 New Lives
From Roots to Results

How it Works - The Families
How it Works - The Dogs
WWSD is always actively searching for exceptional puppies and dogs, ones that demonstrate a high desire to learn and the ability to sense energies.

Dynamic dogs are taken into volunteer foster homes
to learn basic commands and behaviors.

If the dog demonstrates the potential to increase his skill set, he is placed with a highly skilled trainer for boot camp.

A graduation day is set and the trainer, the family and the dog spend a week together learning to become a team.
The Roots of RSC's Philanthropy
Enhance Animal Welfare

80% of WWSD puppies are rescued!

Assist Children in the Community by Enhancing Youth Development and Education

The majority of WWSD's clients are children.

A service dog allows our clients to re-enter educational portals and social outlets.
Wilderwood Service Dogs provides service dogs for all neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Post-Traumatic Syndrome, children on the Autism Spectrum and more.

This project aligns with Radio Systems Corporation's core objectives for philanthropy in almost a perfect dovetail!
Families search out service dog agencies, usually finding WWSD through our website.

An application is submitted detailing the child's medical and behavioral history.

When it is determined that the family and child are right for the placement of a service dog, the family commits $1000 and is then tasked with funding the service dog for a total commitment of $12,000.
Graduation Week
7 days
2 hours of classroom training per day
2-4.5 hours of in community training
Final testing and assessment
The Numbers Behind the Magic
Housing: $86
Food: $40
Treats: $50
Training Supplies $75
Trainer Fees: $1,050
Utilities: $46
Insurance: $21
Administrative: $300
(Licensing, Filing Fees et al)
Unexpected Misc: $100
(Replacement equipment et al)
Vet well checks: $60
Preventative medications: $15

The Numbers Behind the Magic
Totals: $1,843/per dog/per month

$22,116/per dog/for 12 months

Client families contribute $1000/per month ($12,000 for 12 months).

Wilderwood contributes to client families $843/per month ($10,116 for 12 months).

The 4 Families – 4 Dogs – 4 New Lives project will provide a scholarship of $6000 to supplement the client’s required contribution of $12,000 to acquire a service dog.



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