Every dollar gifted goes to rescue & house dogs, train dogs and their Veterans. Never alone means pack trainings, camaraderie, and bonds for life.
Thank you Bob Evans Farms!
We are here for you in dark times with hope. If you want a companion rescue dog to bond with, give you unwavering dedication and love, join our pack. Hope is real.
If you are in crisis, text to 838255 or call 800-273-8255.
Nationwide roll-out of the Semper-Fi Service Dogs “pack” model with veterans training rescued dogs and other trainers to pay it forward, building packs across the country, helping more vets over the long haul.
Provide 160 veterans with a service dog that significantly impacts and improves their quality of life by 2025, then to replicate the SFSD model nationwide to give rescue dogs the opportunity to not only find a loving home but train them to provide dedicated service to those who have served and to help reduce the veteran suicide rate which is at all time high.
Ryan A. Onda is a Marine Corps Veteran and our Master Trainer who has learned many different training techniques from a wide variety of trainers and mentorship programs over the past 20 years, including the Monks of New Skete’s Positive Reinforcement and Operant training method. He is a Peer Facilitator under Roger Marshall Jr./National Director of Operations/Outreach for the Birdwell Foundation For PTSD, having passed his CCCT, Care and Council for Combat Trauma course. He is also a graduate of Animal Behavioral College and was mentored by Carla Nammack of Country Club Kennels/Chance foundation, among others.
He worked as the Paw the Way for Veteran's Supervisor before starting Semper-Fi Service Dogs, Inc. Working with his original group of Veterans, as well as new ones, and rescue dogs, he has changed the life of every dog and person he has touched through his tireless energy and attention to detail. Because of this energy and love, he has successfully trained and placed 41 rescue dogs with Veterans, who still train with him today. He schedules and teaches all our classes, both group and private, and ensures the Veteran's, volunteer's, and dogs' safety. During it all, he helps create a bond between the Veteran and their dog that, through their lifetime, will continue to strengthen and grow, giving them both the confidence and freedom to live a life that they both deserve.
Amanda, the wife of Marine Corps Veteran Ryan, has twenty years of hospitality experience, including restaurants, hotels, and country clubs. She has strong operational skills, is extremely personable, and enjoys leading a team to high standards. Amanda has always loved dogs and grew up with lots of pets. She currently owns five dogs, all rescued, of course, and treats them like her children. A few years ago, she and her husband decided they wanted to change their lives and work with dogs, which brings so much joy to their lives. Semper-Fi Service Dogs is their dream come true, and they want to dedicate their lives to helping Veterans and finding homes for dogs in need.
Johnathon, a USN Veteran of 4 and a half years, was stationed in Virginia as a Hospital Corpsman working in the emergency department at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He saw many Veterans and active-duty military come to the hospital due to mental health issues. Due to the trauma that he has seen, Johnathon knows first hand of the struggles Veterans deal with daily. He has been working with various Veteran organizations since he left the military in 2015. He is the owner/handler of Ruger, a boxer/pitbull mix.
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Semper-Fi Service Dogs INC. is a 501(c)3 dedicated to providing trained service dogs to Veterans at no charge, is not officially connected or endorsed by the U.S Marine Corps.
All donations are 100% tax-deductible. EIN 85-0972535
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