Donates Heartgard for the puppies and dogs during their training at KSDS. Heartgard, when taken on a regular monthly basis, protects against heartworms, a potentially deadly disease. Boehringer Ingelheim also donates Frontline, which is applied monthly to the dogs for flea and tick prevention.
Donates easy to use collars and infusers that help puppies and adult dogs adapt to challenging situations. Collars give owners and trainers a safe and easy way to keep puppies calm, so they can take on new people, places and situations with confidence.
A major corporate sponsor since 1994. Hill’s Pet Nutrition has teamed with KSDS and created a feeding program for puppy raisers and KSDS graduates. Food is provided at no cost for dogs in training and at minimal monthly cost for graduated assistance dogs.
Provide scholarship funding for class expenses and special projects on the KSDS campus including, The Class Expansion Project (Training Building East) and accessible housing for the new assistance dog teams while they stay at KSDS for placement. Some members also make presentations to other Lions Clubs and organizations about KSDS.
The College of Veterinary Medicine plays a critical role in the healthcare of our assistance dogs. Kansas State University veterinary students have the opportunity to work with KSDS assistance dogs in training to practice their clinicals. The Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University provides a certain number of OFA radiographs (bone and joint) tests free of charge as well as CERT’s (eye exams) at a discounted rate.