I am a retired aerospace engineer, with many professional accomplishments, including having hardware that I designed on the planet Venus and retiring as Chief Engineer in a major corporation. Yet nothing in my life has given me as much joy and satisfaction as handing an Alert Dog's leash to a needy child!
I want to thank all who have helped me make this possible!
~Dramatically improve sufferer's life with a well trained “alert” service dog.
~Provide alert dogs that can also, locate misplaced meds and alert adults in emergencies.
~Provide dogs at no cost, avoiding $20,000 commercial costs
"A hundred Years from now it won't make any difference what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove..... but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child" ...... Forest E Witcraft
Kiwanis International is a worldwide service organization in 80 nations.
Kiwanis emphasizes youth welfare!
Over the past 12 years, our club has raised over $150,000 for direct benefit of children's health and safety in our community.
By Dramatically improving a child's life by giving them a well trained service dog.
Provide an alert dog that also locates misplaced meds and notifies adults in an emergency.
Provide the service at a minimal cost to avoid the $20,000 cost of commercial animals.
Mr. Jerry Gilland has a long history of service dog training for the physically handicapped. Abou 10 years ago a friend, and fellow Kiwanian, asked about an alert dog for his highly allergic granddaughter. Jerry took the challenge and the result was so successful our Kiwanis Club decided to take it on as a project.
We have grown slowly, but steadily. We now have successfully graduated over 25 dogs with an additional 6 currently in training. Please see our "testimonials "page.
We currently have 6 young families with pups who attend our Academy classes twice per month to learn how to train their pup for their child.
We plan to stay small so we can give individual attention to each of our Academy members.
"I continue to be amazed at what these dogs can do!"
Alert Service Dogs for Kids
There are numerous “silent disabilities” such as diabetes and extreme allergies in children.
Their normal lives are severely constrained by their need for continuous monitoring and protection.
Parents desire help with protection duties.
Historically we have been limited to about 5 families in training at any time. We have now added a second training team which allows us to double our output
Foothills Kiwanis Club,
Alert Dogs for Diabetic, and Extremely Allergic Kids