Underdogs to Superheros

These programs give underdogs the chance to become great pets and sometimes even service dogs!
This gives them a purpose, a home and a new chance at life.
Big Paws & Service Dogs
SFAHS has partnered with Big Paws Canine to find adoptable dogs who have that extra something. That extra drive to be more than just a loved pet. With the help of this program, dogs who show the potential for greatness are taken under the wing of Big Paws and trained to become service dogs!

The dogs in this program go through intensive training to help with various tasks that those who need a service animal may require. After the dogs have shown progress and ability to complete the program, they are paired up with veterans who are waiting for their new best friend. They complete the rest of the program together, at the time of graduation from the program, they are bonded and best friends forever.

One of the success stories of this new program is Jaxson! Jaxson was a wild and crazy man when he first arrived at the shelter, but we saw the potential in him to do something great. He was restless because he was bored! He needed a job, and with the help of Big Paws Canine training and The South Dakota Canine Center he is now a trained detection dog!
Casper has been a long-time success of the shelter and a long-time friend. Casper came to the shelter shy and scared, but the potential was there. She was trained and successfully graduated as a service dog. Whenever she comes to visit, she receives lots of love! Casper was paired with a veteran and has been a tremendous help with her everyday activities. They are now inseparable!

How Can I Help?
Donations are always needed and welcomed! Below are the highest needs for this program specifically.
if you wish to make a monetary or general donation, please see the Donation Page.

Highest Needed Items
  • Nutrisource Dog Food
  • Interactive Dog Toys. The more indestructible the better!