Cinder was one of five dogs who recently graduated from Support Dog’s Assistance Dog Program and now lives with Theresa in her South City home. Theresa is the first female veteran suffering from PTSD to receive one of Support Dog’s dogs, which are trained to serve individuals with varying disabilities. The dogs, which cost $15,000 each to raise and train, are placed with disabled clients free of charge. Cinder is one of two Psychiatric Service Dogs funded by a grant from the Boeing Corporation.
Prior to Cinder, Theresa took a shower utilizing what she calls her "usual precautions:
Support Dogs, Inc. is a national non-for-profit organization that offers dignity, hope and independence by providing highly skilled service dogs to individuals with disabilities and uniquely trained dogs to serve the community. Founded in 1983, the organization provides many services including an Assistance Dog program which matches people with various disabilities with a canine partner, an animal-assisted therapy dog program called TOUCH (Therapy of Unique Canine Helpers), and a Paws For Reading program that places dogs in school. Support Dogs is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
For more information, call (314) 997-2325 or visit the organization’