Now Accepting Preliminary Applications
Please read before submitting the preliminary application to SMSD.
It is our policy that Veterans who apply for a service dog and have emotional and/or psychological disabilities must also have a physical disability verified and rated by the VA. It is also our policy that children with autism or other disabilities must be 5 years of age. The benefits of a service dog can be life changing, however, it is a responsibility that requires patience and a commitment of time and energy. Please read the FAQs on our website to have your questions answered and better understand the responsibilities of acquiring and owning a service dog.
Please provide the following information:
Upon receipt of this information, you will be contacted by Smoky Mountain Service Dogs, either by email or telephone for a Preliminary Application Review/Discussion.
Help raise $12.5K to train 1 service dog for a disabled hero! Every $ given will be matched by Vanquish to reach a goal of training 2 dogs!
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.