Jet has been placed with his Veteran partner
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs is proud to announce that "Jet" has been placed with U.S. Army Veteran, Alexander Armor of Johnson City, TN. Mr. Armor's injuries came during his four years in the Army with the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment and later the 1st Calvary Division in Iraq. Mr. Armor served his country for three tours and was injured on each deployment. The first two injuries were by improvised explosive devices, and the third (and most significant injury) when an IED was detonated by a suicide bomber. Alex suffered significant lower extremity damage, shrapnel damage, widespread neuropathy, a traumatic brain injury, and post- traumatic stress syndrome. Other than providing Alex with unconditional love, Jet retrieves items when they are dropped, assists Alex with balance and mobility and performs many other helpful tasks. With "Jet", his battle buddy at his side, Alex will be attending East Tennessee State University.
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.