Smoky Mountain Service Dogs is dedicated to serving persons with physical and psychological disabilities by training service dogs to meet client needs, while advancing the knowledge of human and canine interaction, thus leading to more fulfilling and productive lives.
To effectively, compassionately, and respectfully, serve Disabled American Military Veterans, Autistic Children, and others with physical and/or psychological disabilities.
We believe that through appropriate utilization of a certified, well trained, service dog, individuals with physical and/or psychological disabilities can often become increasingly self sufficient and independent.
We believe that a large percentage of disabled individuals can experience a higher level of societal and community involvement and acceptance through effective use of a service dog.
We believe that it takes community involvement to insure the success of Smoky Mountain Service Dogs and our clients. The contributions of individuals and groups within the community will be welcome, appreciated, and honored.
We believe that positive reinforcement is the best form of service dog training and we shall remain committed to training our service dogs in a way that encourages trust on all levels.
FIRST ANNUAL SMOKY MOUNTAIN SERVICE DOGS ARMED FORCES DAY "FISHING FOR FREEDOM" BASS TOURNAMENT
- May 18th, 2013
2nd Annual Smoky Mountain Service Dogs 1 Mile Walk/5K Run - June 22nd
2nd Annual Smoky Mountain Service Dogs 1 Mile Walk/5K Run Has Been Rescheduled for June 22nd, same location. The event will be added to the Tellico Summer Solstice Run and the Tellico Spring Marathon.
"Friends", a Message From Our Dogs
Written by Mitch Townley specifically as Theme Song for Smoky Mountain Service Dogs
Each Smoky Mountain Service Dog puppy is hand selected by our trainers and the majority will come from reputable breeders. Appropriate shelter/rescue dogs may also be considered.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs now accepting Preliminary Applications.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs was honored to be invited to the Autism Camp at the Center for Courageous Kids, a clinical camp for children with debilitating and terminal illnesses. In attendance were thirty one autistic children and their families from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. Please check out their website link on our home page. Our beautiful service dog "Bella"was a big hit.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs greets our Korean War and WWII heroes upon their return from Washington on Honor Air Flight #13
Smoky Mountain Service Dog "Copper" meets 97 yr. young Sam Hardeman, WWII Veteran
Copper says "hello" to Major General "Max" Haston, Adjutant General, Military Department of Tennessee
In March, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reported that 1 in every 50 school children suffer from autism. That is more than 1 million U.S. School Children.
In January of this year NBC News reports that for the first 11 months of 2012, 177 active duty military personnel took their own lives. That is more than the 176 combat related fatalities. Army suicides have increased 54% since 2007 when 115 took their own lives.
For the latest in Autism News please see this link: www.TheAutismNews.com
Did You Know?
Over 50 million Americans, ages 5-65 have physical or psychological disabilities.
22 military veterans commit suicide daily, 7,744 annually
1 in 50 American children suffer from austism
It takes approximately 2 years, between $20,000 to $25,000 and 1200 hours of training to place a service dog.