In 1989, Ed Duden, Steve Powers and Michael Goehring founded Service Dogs for America (SDA/Great Plains Assistance Dogs Foundation Inc). Service Dogs for America is a non-profit organization that enhances and empowers the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Service Dogs for America is located in Jud, North Dakota. (43 miles South of Jamestown, ND) The only non-profit provider of assistance service dogs in North Dakota.
Service Dogs for America (Great Plains Assistance Dogs Foundation Inc.) Trains 3 types of service dogs
- Mobility Dog
- Emergency Medical Response Dog
- PTSD / Psychiatric
We do not train the Seeing Eye or Leader Dog here. However, we have trained basic guide into some of our specialty class dogs.
Since 2008, ICAP (Inmate Canine Assistance Program) prisoners at the James River Correctional Center in Jamestown, ND have helped trained our dogs. It is the only animal training program in the North Dakota prison system.
Over 100 inmates vye for the 25 trainer positions. Service Dogs for America trainers conduct weekly training sessions with the inmates. This program is at no cost to SDA, and JRCC Warden Redmann says "it's restorative justice. It's a way for the inmates to repay the community for the harm they've done"
Another new program will be the Puppy Fostering Program-this program will help socialize our puppies before they start training. Our pilot program will be in Jamestown, ND. We are hoping to have four different locations throughout ND.
ABC Mentorship Program - mentoring online students; they travel to our campus and learn basic training.