Service Dogs of Virginia

Website: www.servicedogsva.org

Mission: To raise and train exceptional dogs and match them to a person with a disability to create greater independence

Project: Redesign dog housing, design dog runs/training grounds, with focus on reducing stress on the land

Impact: We will be able to expand our overall capacity to raise and train our dogs. One dog works for approximately ten years which represents ten years of greater independence for a person with disabilities.

Results: The Design Marathon team provided Service Dogs with plans for building renovations and a dog run to help them expand the center as they trains more dogs to serve people with disabilities.  Service Dogs has not yet received funding for its project, however, the designs from the Design Marathon are being used to supplement fundraising efforts.  The organization is hoping to receive funding from the Perry Foundation – known to fund building projects.

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