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How to Help Our Non-Profit Service Dog Organization

Our non-profit service dog organization provides custom-trained, furry friends to children with autism. We attribute our success to individuals like you volunteering to support our mission! We serve the communities of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Mukwango, Madison and surrounding areas from our Palmyra headquarters.

Non-Profit Service Dog Training

The process of becoming a service dog is a long one. Over the course of 12-18 months, our dogs partake in weekly, specialized service dog training. During the training process, a dog is matched with a child in need. The matching process is complex, as each child is paired with a dog to fit their unique circumstances. Our puppy raisers assist during the entire process by scheduling training sessions, socializing with the pup daily and providing a temporary home.


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The Latest Research on Autism Rates in Wisconsin Children

  • 13,986 Wisconsin public school children were identified as having autism in 2021 - 2022 by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • The prevalence of autism in Wisconsin children is 1 in 71, which is 3x higher than 2002 according to the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1 in 59 school-aged children in the USA have been identified with autism according to a 2018 study by the CDC

How to Support our Organization


1. Become a Puppy Raiser

The service dog training program is 12-18 months. Our puppy raisers take furry students to and from weekly obedience classes and check-in training sessions. In addition to providing a loving home, puppy raisers partake in daily at-home training to reinforce what was learned in class. Note, not all dogs make it through the program and continue on to become therapy dogs. The foundations we require our puppy raisers to set are:

  • Volunteer puppy raising in WisconsinBasics

    Potty training, manners, puppy class completion
  • Training support animals for WI childrenSocialize

    Getting the dog out and about, experiencing a lot of different situations
  • Autism support dog training in southeast WICanine Good Citizen

    Course completion
  • WI volunteer organization  - help raise a puppyCare

    Maintainance of health and welfare of the dog


2. Contribute Financially

We provide service dogs to children with autism at no cost, which means our organization heavily relies on donations from fellow Wisconsinites. From dog food to travel and training expenses, it takes a vast amount of resources to continue our mission. Monetary donations go towards food, treats, vet bills, training tools and dog trainers.

Note: As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, any form of donation you make to our non-profit is tax-deductible.


3. Donate Dog Food & Supplies

Our pups are learning new skills and training hard. Treats and toys are absolutely necessary! Dog supplies like food, treats, leashes, collars, toys and beds are provided for up to 10 dogs at a time - which becomes expensive! We appreciate and rely on supply donations to keep our non-profit successful. 


4. Attend our Events

DogsInVests holds events and the proceeds benefit our non-profit! Past events include Pups & Pumpkins Dinner and Pancakes for Pups! Our last event raised $15,000 for DogsInVests. Check out our newsletter for upcoming events!


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How Service Dogs Assist Children with Autism

  • Emotional Support: Service dogs provide unconditional love and companionship to children with autism, which reduces stress, anxiety and other emotions.
  • Social Skills Development: Service dogs help children with autism develop social skills by encouraging them to communicate and interact with others. For example, a child may feel more comfortable approaching other children while accompanied by a service dog.
  • Sensory Processing: Children with autism have difficulty processing sensory information, which sometimes leads to sensory overload or shutdowns. Service dogs provide deep pressure therapy, which can be calming for children with autism.
  • Safety: Service dogs provide safety by preventing children from wandering off or getting into dangerous situations. They can also alert caregivers if a child is in distress.
We serve the communities of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Mukwonago, Madison and surrounding areas from our Palmyra headquarters.


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