Smoky Mountain Service Dogs (SMSD) Commitment
SMSD recognizes any potential and actual client has a right to privacy and protection from unauthorized access and use of sensitive and personal information. Smoky Mountain Service Dogs is committed to the following:
1. Smoky Mountain Service Dogs staff will not access or acquire confidential information that is not pertinent to the work of SMSD.
2. Smoky Mountain Service Dogs staff will not distribute confidential information to individuals or organizations outside of SMSD and those working with SMSD to evaluate the applicant's eligibility.
3. Only those staff of SMSD responsible for the selection, review, and training of a service dog and client pair and those working with SMSD to evaluate the applicant's eligibility will have access to personal information.
4. All personal data from clients or potential clients will be secured. Hard copies of information, if deemed necessary, will be maintained and secured by the Chair of the Client Applications Team.
Pledge of Confidentiality
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs (SMSD) recognizes a client has a right to privacy and protection from unauthorized access and use of sensitive and personal information. As a volunteer of Smoky Mountain Service Dogs (SMSD), I understand that I will potentially have access to private information about clients that is confidential. Clients engaged in business with SMSD on good faith that their information will be kept confidential. I understand that I have a responsibility to honor this confidentially agreement. I hereby agree not to share any information regarding clients and their needs with anyone except the dog trainers as needed or members of the SMSD board. Any violation of this agreement would constitute a serious breach of ethical standards, and I pledge not to do so. All traineers, volunteers, and Board Members sign this pledge. Records are kept by the Board Secretary.
SMSD has been awarded Gold Star Accreditation by Assistance Dogs International. This validates that the facilities and operation of the SMSD program meets or exceeds ADI standards.
Congratulations to recent graduates US Army and Vietnam veteran Ike Weaver and SMSD "Nitro" and US Air Force and Special Operations veteran Daniel Belcher with SMSD "Stryker"
A Salute to Air Force Veteran Billy Marshall and his SMSD "Lucy"
"Friends", a Message From Our Dogs
Written by Mitch Townley specifically as Theme Song for Smoky Mountain Service Dogs
US Army Veteran Kevin Jankoski with "Blitz", his SMSD mobility assistance dog. Graduated Oct. 16th
Marine Veteran SGT. Bradley Walker with "Bella", his SMSD mobility assistance dog.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs "Tribute to Our Military"
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.
Volunteer Dennis Tissot Training Bella and Blitz
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs now accepting Preliminary Applications.
Did You Know?
Over 50 million Americans, ages 5-65 have physical or psychological disabilities.
22 military veterans commit suicide daily, 7,744 annually
It takes approximately 2 years, between $20,000 to $25,000 and 1200 hours of training to place a service dog.