Training Campus

The Dorrance Family Foundation Matching Gift Challenge


Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Matching Gift Challenge to help make the dream of a Soldier’s Best Friend training campus become a reality. Your gift will have a lasting impact for veterans, their families and homeless Arizona dogs.

We continue the momentum by encouraging supporters to get involved to reach beyond the Dorrance Family Foundation $250,000 Matching Gift Challenge, with all additional proceeds going toward the loan on the property. The goal is to operate debt free, so we can focus on increasing the number of veterans and dogs in the program throughout the state of Arizona. As of 9/16/16, we are $152,000 away from our goal of paying off the loan and operating debt free.

A unique way our SBF community can support the project is through our Paver Fundraiser. Our goal is to secure 500 pavers by the end of 2016.

Your gift helped build a training campus with a 4640 sq. ft. building dedicated to training service dog teams . The majority of the interior space is large and open to create flexibility and accommodate veteran/dog team training sessions. The remaining space includes a small office, reception area, storage, kennels and accessible bathrooms. The entire campus features: training building, parking lot, open outdoor training space, small administrative office/meeting space.

Current Status: Completed

  • Construction of training building
  • Building a parking lot
  • Fencing
Coming soon
  • Landscaping
  • Lighting and Signage
  • Complete minor improvements to existing administrative office
Benefits of Training Center

  • Serve more veterans per year
  • Rescue more Arizona homeless dogs
  • Increase training hours per week
  • More flexibility in training schedule
  • Offer extended hours for evening and weekend training
  • Provide temporary housing for rescued dogs while in transition
  • Option to partially pretrain dogs in certain circumstances
  • Provide onsite training classes for fosters
  • Create a new community resource
  • Expand volunteer engagement opportunities

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