"When an addict or alcoholic makes the brave decision to get help, we’re here to help too."
Dogs Matter offers a safe and healthy environment for our client’s dogs while they are seeking inpatient treatment, and if necessary, until they are healthy and stable enough to take care of their dog again.
The choice to hand over a dog, even if temporary, is often the single biggest objection a dog owner has who is facing an extended in-patient treatment program for alcohol or substance use disorder. Over 90% of pet owners consider their pet part of the family. So, knowing their dog will be cared for in a safe and loving foster home eases any added stress allowing our clients to focus all their energy on healing.
For more information on our foster care service for your dog please fill out a Temporary Surrender Application.
Several research studies have been conducted showing evidence of how a companion animal or pet can help a person manage their mental health, which goes hand in hand with addiction. Dogs specifically can help to reduce loneliness, create social opportunities, lower blood pressure, and provide a sense of purpose in a seemingly hopeless situation.
A healthy relationship with their dog can be an important part of our client’s recovery after they are discharged from treatment. However, it is a very serious commitment. Dogs Matter provides a 12-month aftercare program led by our recovery coach which is geared towards helping clients be a responsible dog owner by ensuring a safe environment for our client and their dog while staying clean and sober. We also help with food and medical support as needed.
Dogs Matter is the voice of dogs for recovering addicts and alcoholics. Our outreach program includes advocacy and education at community events, conferences and treatment centers. We also hold periodic public fundraisers in the community and have friendly partnerships with several local sober living facilities that allow dogs should you need a secondary housing phase after treatment.
We invite anyone in the recovery space to Contact Us for more information on how we can all work together to save more dogs.