The American Service Dog Foundation, also known as, TASDF is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Columbus, Ohio.
TASDF started in 2021 by Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lori Morrell with the goal of giving shelter dogs a second chance by training them as service dogs for individuals with disabilities. With her dedicated Board of Directors, employees and volunteers; together, we are unleashing the incredible power of service dogs for those in need.
“You can always find hope in a dog’s eyes.”
What We Do
TASDF donates on behalf-of disabled individuals with a service dog to improve their lives, gain independence, and provide a long-lasting companionship.
If our sponsored candidate does not have a dog already, we will find the best fit for our candidate from our shelter partners. We partner with local Ohio shelters and adoption centers. By working together, we find shelter dogs that are suitable candidates for improving someone’s life as a service dog.
We work with local trainers, like Buckeye K9, that have a service dog training program to professionally train our candidate’s dog to the highest degree. Once fully trained, we suggest to our candidates to continue the relationship with their trainer for follow-up training.
Where We Make A Difference
A person with diabetes is distracted by work and hasn’t tested her blood-sugar level, and now it’s trending dangerously low. Fortunately, she has a companion close by who has been trained to use his highly developed sense of smell to detect just this situation — her dog. With a nudge on the leg, he gives her a signal.
Although, this is just a one example of what a service dog can do, service dogs help approximately 80 million Americans every year all with different disabilities. Learn more about what service dogs can do here.
In the United States alone, there are approximately 500,000 service dogs helping people.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service dogs must be given access to everywhere their human handlers go. They make it possible for people with disabilities to live independently and overcome the challenges of day-to-day life.
When it comes to day-to-day life, money is the last thing we want the less fortunate to think about. It can be life changing to give those in-need an opportunity to obtain a service dog without the hassle of training costs.
Service dogs save lives.
Why We Care
We have seen first hand how impactful a service dog can be to someone’s life. We want to provide affordable and transparent access to service dogs for those that need them the most.
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”