The Beginning of the Shelter Dog's
to Service Dog
Visit our Frequently Asked
Questions page for all the details.
The majority of the dogs used in our program are rescued from local shelters. Part of the rescue process is a 6-8 week foster period that allows the dog to decompress and transition from life in a shelter, to life in a home.
SD4V provides complete financial
support for all medical and equipment requirements for the dog. We also provide all the daily essentials (i.e. food, bowls, collar, leash, etc.) for the duration of the foster care.
A training foster family for a future SD4V service dog
is asked to do the following things:
Provide a safe and loving indoor home for the dog. Our goal is for the foster to nurture the dog in order to provide the Veteran who will be partnered with the dog, a confident and happy canine companion.
Attend a fully paid, one-hour obedience training class with the dog, once/week for 6 weeks in Fountain Inn, SC. This class trains the dog in basic obedience and house manners.
Meet and interact with the Veteran who will receive the dog they foster. The Veteran will be attending the training classes to observe and get acquainted with their future dog.
Knowing they played a huge part in the Journey,
our Fosters love seeing the smiles on graduation day!!