In our and other's experiences, the unconditional love of a dog is of great benefit to children living with the challenges of disabilities or the ravages of disease. We have given many pups to children in need and find it to be a wonderful experience all around. One of our Schnoodle puppies went to a delightful little girl with Cerebral Palsy...it was so beautiful how she responded to the puppy and how the puppy somehow understood to be gentle. I grew up with a friend with CP and my mom, who raised poodles, gave her a poodle pup...which changed her life and made it so much better. There is just something amazing about the unconditional love of a dog towards a child who really needs that. We give many puppies to children in need, and we would love any contacts from families and friends of these children. When a parent is already overwhelmed with the costs of treatment, transport, extra care, time off work, etc, it can be very difficult to justify purchasing a puppy, so the pups are provided at no cost to these families.
We do require 3 letters of reference, proof of a fenced yard, and a commitment that the pup will be returned to us if it doesn't work out anytime in the future.
We find much joy in providing these wonderful children with a puppy to help them through. Please contact us to inquire about a puppy for your child or to refer us to children you know who might benefit from a puppy, at no cost to their family.
These puppies are not trained or certified...they are not Therapy Dogs. They are just sweet babies with a lot of unconditional love to offer. That in itself is very therapeutic for children.