Media Kit


For general media inquiries, please submit your request to Harvey Potts at (541) 826-9220 or email here.


Nationally renown Dogs for Better Lives professionally trains and places dogs in three program areas: Hearing Assistance Dogs, Facility Dogs, and Autism Assistance Dogs.  Hearing and Facility Dogs are placed nationally, while the Autism Assistance Dog program is currently placing just in Oregon and Washington.  Over the next several years, we anticipate expanding the autism program across the western United States, and eventually across the country.



Dogs for Better Lives is the recent recipient of several prestigious awards and honors, including Oregon Business’ 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon (2017), America’s Best Charities (2017), 4-star rating with Charity Navigator (2017), acknowledged as a top Great Charity by Great Nonprofits (2017), GuideStar’s Gold Seal of Transparency (2017), and the Chamber of Medford/Jackson County’s Excellence in Business Awards’ Outstanding Corporate Citizen – Nonprofit sector (2017).

As a nonprofit organization, Dogs for Better Lives is completely funded by private donations and in-kind support from individuals, foundations, and businesses  – both regionally and nationally.


Currently, Dogs for Better Lives has one 9,500 sq ft Training Facility with 22 heated floor kennels with outdoor access to exercise yards.  This facility also has four upstairs apartments used for training our dogs. Supporting this, is one 10 kennel Quarantine Facility, where all dogs rescued are required to be initially placed for 2-weeks upon arrival at Dogs for Better Lives.

In late 2018, Dogs for Better Lives completed the contruction of an 18,900 sq ft, 40-kennel Second Training Facility.  This two story building is providing DBL the ability to expand and scale our programs to better accommodate larger breed dogs as well as eventually triple the number of dogs brought in, professionally trained, and placed with qualifying clients. This two-story facility includes five training apartments, two internal training rooms, one elevator, and four outside exercise yards. The dogs will enjoy raised Kuranda beds and heated concrete floors with access to their respective exercise yard.


Several qualities differentiate Dogs for Better Lives from other similar nonprofit service/assistance dog organizations:

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  • Nationally renown, accredited, and the recipient of several prestigious awards, DBL has a 40-year rich history of rescuing and placing dogs all across the United States.
  • DBL was the first organization in North America to professionally train and place Hearing Dogs, and have been continuously doing so since 1977.
  • DBL rescues and professionally trains dogs to be Hearing and Facility Dogs.
  • The organization is professionally training Autism Assistance Dogs and currently placing them only in Oregon, with plans to eventually expand nationally in the next several years.
  • The client is not required to come to Dogs for Better Lives. DBL professional training staff travel to the client’s location, to spend a week with them during their Assistance Dog placement.
  • The professional trainer that trained the dog is the same person that goes out on placement.
  • Other than the $50 application fee, there is no cost to the client.  The value of this Assistance Dog is between $25,000 – $40,000, depending on what program and tasks the dog is being trained to do. The client is required to make a Good Faith Deposit of $500 when receiving an Assistance Dog, which is returned to them once they have successfully had their dog for one full year, and completed all required paperwork.
  • Dogs for Better Lives receives no federal funding to support its programs and organization.


Dogs for Better Lives was a founding member of Assistance Dogs International and has continued to be an accredited member since 2002.  Dogs for Better Lives is also proud to be an active member in The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County, Central Point Chamber, and Eagle Point & the Upper Rogue Chamber.


For general questions, please visit our FAQ page here.  If your general questions are not answered there, please email us here.


Before using the Dogs for Better Lives logo, any of our photos, and/or organizational electronic or hard copy materials, we request that you email us here to obtain permission.

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For a list of recent press releases placed in local and national media by Dogs for Better Lives, please visit our Press Release page here.


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Medford International Airport (Medford, OR)
Canine Listener
AARP Magazine
Rogue Valley Transit Bus (Medford, OR)
Simply Pets Magazine


Click on the photo covers below to read or print each brochure in entirety.


For general media inquiries, please contact Harvey Potts at (541) 826-9220 or email here.



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