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November 2012's Featured Organization is The Sam Simon Foundation

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The Mission of The Sam Simon Foundation
“Saving the Lives of Dogs to Enrich the Lives of People.”

The Sam Simon Foundation Assistance Dogs Program was founded in 2003, by Emmy/Peabody award winning writer, director and producer Sam Simon. The foundation provides service dogs for veterans diagnosed with PTSD and assistance dogs for the hearing impaired.



~It is possible to conquer the past and create the future;
the first step is choosing to take the journey.~

 

Shelter dogs are selected by trainers to enter into a cage-free living environment situated on 6 acres in Malibu, CA, in which they receive general house manners and regular socialization in public places.  Trainers look for dogs that are friendly, confident, outgoing and under 3 years of age.  Hearing Dogs can be all sizes and varied mixed breeds, while our Service Dogs are primarily “retriever types”.  All dogs are placed with CA residents and free of any charge. 

About Service Dogs for Veterans:

PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can develop after exposure to any events that result in psychological trauma. Studies show that 1 in 5 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have PTSD. Over the last 7 years, an estimated 20% or over 300,000 veterans has PTSD. The Sam Simon Foundation launched its Service Dog program in response to the growing need of veterans coping with PTSD as a result of the Iraq/Afghanistan conflict. A Service Dog is not a cure for PTSD, but whose skills and companionship can be an aid for managing the symptoms and promoting well-being .

About Hearing Dogs:

Over a 4 to 6 month period, dogs in training are socialized in public places, learn basic obedience commands, and are taught to respond to household sounds. Once they near graduation, they are matched with a person who will not only benefit from the skills the dogs has learn, but  can provide the companionship and loving home these dogs need. Our Instructors guide each new recipient through a 3 to 5 day orientation with their dog in their own home. They are taught how to maintain the training the dog has received.  Follow up support is ongoing and always available to the working teams.