SDP’s main mission is breeding, raising, training and donating certified service dogs to people who experience balance or mobility difficulties. These partnerships often help to enhance the recipient’s quality of life as they attain greater independence. Preference is given to military veterans, first responders, and their families.
Our second mission is serving our local community. SDP’s farm is a destination for all ages — from teens doing community service, to seniors in search of a meaningful task and social interaction, to military veterans (many with PTSD) who enjoy feeling useful and connected while doing farm chores. Our Road Show project of dogs and trainers visiting senior centers and providing much-needed smiles is a total win-win.
Our third mission is sustaining a worldwide online community of people who follow life on the farm via seven live commercial-free explore.org cameras. For viewers who are isolated due to disease, geography, or because they are among the nation’s 66 million caregivers, the online comment section of the cameras functions as a lifeline. We strive to educate and entertain, and we interact with this community daily via Trainer Talk and Mail Call.