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News and information from SDA

Beasley Allen

Julie Beasley, attorney with Beasley Allen, presents SDA Executive Director Frances McGowin with a donation of $10,000

Go Eagles
Students from Montgomery Academy present SDA Chairm Marianne McLeod with a donation of $12,500. Service Dogs Alabama was selected as the student charity for 2017.


Burton Ward, Executive Director, Central Alabama Community Foundation presents Frances McGowin with an award of $15,000.00 from the Merle S. and Mack C. Hunt Diabetes Fund.

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Guice Slawson and US Representative Martha Roby cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Guice Slawson Training Complex at Service Dogs Alabama's facility in Hope Hull.

Dogs at School

Dogs at School

Read about the success of the SDA school dog program in Elmore County Schools. Click here for the story from the April issue of Elmore County Living.


Service dog heals veteran's fear, anxiety

By Rebecca Burylo, Montgomery Advertiser

Army veteran Sgt. Jeremy Millwood returned home from deployment a changed man.

Sent overseas to save soldiers' lives on the front lines of war, Millwood served as a medic in Iraq for 12 months. Although he has been at home with his family since the beginning of this year, he is sent back to the battlefield to bandage wounded and gnarled patients every time his head hits the pillow. He relived children dying and friends losing their lives.

His nightmares keep him awake at night, anxiety keeps him away from large crowds and fear arrests his peace and freedom.

He had little hope anything would give him his security back.

That was until he heard about Service Dogs Alabama.

Even when he received his service dog, Daisy he was a skeptic. She soon turned him into a believer.

Millwood was one of seven veterans suffering from PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder] who received an emotional support dog through the nonprofit organization, Service Dogs Alabama. More than a dozen trained dogs were also paired at no cost, to special-needs children, grieving families and Elmore County School teachers. Their graduation ceremony was held Sunday at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

Service Dogs of Alabama is in the business of saving.

Dogs are first rescued from the Humane Society of Elmore County and are then trained by and help rehabilitate inmates at the Gadsden Correctional Institution in Florida. Finally, they are given forever homes to those who need seizure alert, diabetic alert, stability, wheelchair assistance or intervention for PTSD, Asperger’s Syndrome and grief.

Since the organization began in 2011 as K-9s-4-Kids, founders Frances McGowin and Ashley Taylor have saved hundreds of dogs and who have in turn healed countless lives by freeing them of anxiety, depression, fear and mental attack.

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photo: WSFA

From WSFA TV and Alabma News Network

Abandoned dog flown in to begin training to become service dog

WSFA: Pilots and Paws fly abandoned dog to Montgomery to begin training

Alabama News Network: Rescue Dog Flown To Montgomery To Begin Service Training

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From the Montgomery Advertiser

Service Dogs Alabama graduation

Read about SDA 2015 Graudation

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From the Montgomery Advertiser

Service Dogs Alabama receives boost with 'gumbo' dinner

Read about SDA Gumb Fundraiser

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From the Tuscaloosa News

Rescued stray will be trained as service dog to assist ill or disabled person

Read about Alex and his Diabetic Alert Dog Jeffy

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From the Dothan Eagle:

Service Dog changes lives of Dothan family

Read about the Elijah Mendez and his service dog Emma.

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SDA acquires property for headquarters, training center

Service Dogs Alabama, with the generous help of Guice Slawson, Sr., has acquired a two story structure situated on 40 acres in Hope Hull. The property includes a two-story home, garage, studio apartment and an outbuilding. The main building will serve as offices as well as temporary boarding for recipients and family going through service dog training. The apartment will be available as a fulltime residene for an onsite trainer and the outbuilding will be converted to a kennel for dogs in training as well as public boarding in the future. Conveniently located right off I-65, the facility is perfect for families bound for Alabama's gulf coast.

A capital campaign is underway to pay for the new facility, property and renovations. For more information, contact the SDA staff.

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SDA welcomes new board members

Several members have been added to the SDA board of directors. Dr. Alan Hackel, Brant Crawley, Mints McGowin, Guice Slawson, Sr., and Bill Watters joined the board in the latter art of 2015. For more information, check out our board page.