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, Program Assistance Dogs, and Autism Assistance Dogs.  Hearing and Program dogs are placed nationally, while the Autism Assistance Dog program is currently placing just in central and southern Oregon.  Over the next several years, we anticipate expanding the autism program across Oregon, then the west coast, and eventually across the U.S.


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), and 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 2017-18, Dogs for Better Lives is building an 18,852 sq ft, 40-kennel Second Training Facility.  This two story building will enable the organization 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 will include five training apartments, one elevator, and four exercise yards. The dogs will enjoy raised Kuranda beds and heated concrete floors with access to exercise yards.


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

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  • 40 year rich history of rescuing and placing dog nationally across the United States.
  • We were the first organization in North America to professionally train and place Hearing Dogs, and have been continuously doing so since 1977.
  • We rescue and professionally train dogs to be Hearing and Program Assistance Dogs.
  • The client is not required to come to us. Dogs for Better Live’s 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 our programs and organization.


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


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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.


Medford (OR) International Airport        Canine Listener magazine      American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) 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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