Sponsor a Dog

Become a part of our team!

You can sponsor a dog as it learns how to assist a veteran in need. USK provides free training for all dogs in our program. Each dog will complete advanced obedience training and learn specific tasks to help the veteran navigate through everyday life. This process can take a year or more. All of this is costly, but your support helps make it possible.

 

Sponsor Benefits:

  • Photograph of­­­­ the dog you chose to sponsor with your welcome letter

  • Monthly report card and picture

  • Email notification of test milestones

  • Monthly Newsletter (email)

  • Notification of upcoming events (email)

  • Graduation Photo

 

How to become a Sponsor:

Scroll through and choose a dog (or dogs) you would like to sponsor. The minimum monthly sponsorship donation is $10 per dog. Click on the button under the bio of the dog, fill out the form, and rest well knowing that you are not only sponsoring a dog, you are also sponsoring and helping a vet.

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Naas
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Wilson
Because of allergies, Naas’ veteran needed a dog that didn’t shed. He finally found the perfect match – in Ohio. Naas is a gorgeous Aussiedoodle. Although he is full of puppy energy, Naas is a good listener and a fast learner. However, he has to work hard at remembering he isn’t supposed to “talk” while in class. The volunteers love stealing him away for a quick pet or play session. Naas began training in January 2022 at the age of fifteen weeks and passed AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test that same month. He completed his AKC Good Citizen Certification and is now working on his AKC Canine Good Citizen Community certification.
Wilson is an adorable Beagle puppy that his veteran brought into the program in January when he was six months old. Wilson tends to want to please his veteran, but being a Beagle, his nose does get him into trouble every now and then. He is a little cuddler that loves being with his veteran. Wilson completed his AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Certification and is working toward his AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification. 
Erebus

Erebus (Eerie) is a Cavachon puppy that began training in February 2022 at six months of age. His veteran purchased him because she wanted a smaller dog that did not shed. Erebus' name was suggested by the veteran's son who learned about the Greek gods while grounded and had limited access to television shows. Young Erebus loves to be the center of attention and even gets jealous when his hamster brother (Misfire) is being fed. The solution is to give Erebus vegetables too.  If he doesn’t get his way or feels overlooked, he will sneeze to get attention. Even though Erebus is full of puppy mischief, he is very attentive to his veteran.  Erebus recently completed his AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Certification and is working toward AKC Canine Good Citizen.

Juju

JuJu is a very special one and a half year old Shitzu Mix. When he first came home, the veteran’s husband said the dog had “good energy, positive light.” They decided his name should be JuJu since he had good juju. JuJu loves everyone. This is his gift. He especially loves his veteran’s 6 year old autistic son. Juju has figured out how to be almost human-like in his play and relationship with this young boy who has difficulty relating to his peers. Juju truly brings light into this world. Juju began training for his other “job” at US Kennels in February 2022. We look forward to seeing what this dog with two jobs accomplishes this year.  JuJu has completed AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and is now working toward AKC Good Citizen Certification.

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Kylo Ren

Kylo Ren’s veteran is obviously a Star Wars fan. While Star Wars’ Kylo is rather dark, this iteration is a beautiful White Labrador. He came from a breeder that was expecting all chocolate labs, so Kylo was unwanted. Kylo is full of lab energy and personality. He loves to take showers and happily jumps in with anyone that forgets to lock him out and of course loves his squeaker toys. Kylo Ren began training in January 2022 at six months of age. He completed AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Certification in March and is now working toward AKC Good Citizen.

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Gemma

Gemma is a beautiful, very large 2 year old German Shepherd that was donated by a breeder as a puppy. Her training was interrupted by COVID, but she returned this winter and passed her Canine Good Citizen test in March. When she’s not training, her favorite activity is going out to swim with ducks. The name Gemma is very special to her veteran. He selected it for his first born daughter. Since he had all son’s, it seemed appropriate to give this name to his first Service Dog. Gemma is currently working toward AKC Good Citizen Certification. 

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Gizmo

Gizmo is a German Shepherd puppy that was found at Grass Roots Rescue by her veteran. She had a rough start, but you wouldn’t know it now. It might not surprise you to know that Gizmo likes doing typical puppy things like fetching balls and redistributing rolls of TP. The big surprise about Gizmo is that a little pet rescue chicken named Silver has adopted her. Gizmo is a chicken mom! Gizmo is named after the alert dog on the show Storm Rising.  She came to US Kennels for training in February 2022 at the age of five months. Gizmo completed AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy in March and is now working toward AKC Good Citizen Certification.