About Us

Ian and Parker (Autism Assistance Dog) with mother Emilie, along with friends at the rim of Crater Lake inside Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park. Painted by Kaitlin Robinson. Original painting hangs on the wall inside DBL’s conference room.
With more than 34,000 nonprofits in Oregon, we were honored for the second consecutive year as a “Oregon Business 100 Best Nonprofits to work for in Oregon.”  It begins with our employees, continues with our dogs, supported by our funding partners, and ends with our clients.


Award-winning Dogs for Better Lives is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Central Point, Oregon. Formerly known as Dogs for the Deaf, we have been providing Assistance Dogs to people across the United States since 1977.

Certified professional staff train and place assistance dogs with individuals who are deaf or who have hearing loss and with children who are on the autism spectrum. Professionals also use our dogs in their work with special needs students and others who benefit from the dogs’ calming presence.

Most of the Assistance Dogs produced by us are rescued dogs. We rely solely on private donors for our funding. Because of their generosity, our Assistance Dogs are placed at no cost after a $50 application fee and a $500 good faith (refundable) deposit.

In both 2016 and 2017, we have been named a Business Magazine’s Top 100 nonprofits in Oregon to work for, and Charity Navigator gave us their highest rating for our financial health and accountability.


 Assistance Dog placement(s)    Volunteer Ambassador(s)

The Impact Map is an up-to-date tracker of where we currently have Assistance Dogs placed, as well as where we have volunteer Ambassadors across the United States.  Interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer Ambassador?  Follow this link.

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