"I knew we both would be just fine."

“I’d lost or left everyone and everything, when I got out of treatment and came home to my dog, Rusty, loving me unconditionally, I knew we both would be just fine...”

— Josh S.

"There was no way I could leave Dixie."

“I knew I needed treatment and I wanted it too but there was no way I could leave Dixie so I kept putting it off, hating myself and getting deeper and deeper into my addiction...”

— Jason S.


"She just didn’t have anywhere else to turn."

“A friend I know relapsed and decided to go into inpatient treatment and asked me to take her dog, Jayde. She just didn’t have anywhere else to turn. It was right then that I knew I had to make Dogs Matter a reality...”

— Stephen Knight,
    Executive Director, Dogs Matter

"Dogs Matter makes a difference for the client’s peace of mind."

“I work with addicts every day and many times the client leaves treatment because they are not certain their dog is in a safe environment or miss them too much. Dogs Matter makes a difference for the client’s peace of mind. They keep the dog connected while in treatment, including visitation...”
 
—  Kimberly Cole, LCDC
   Board Member, Dogs Matter


“This organization saved me and my dog, Sebastian.”

“At the end of my drinking and drugging, me and Sebastian were homeless living out of motels. I wanted to go to detox but I wouldn't leave him behind. He even saved my life one time when I was overdosing on heroin -- licking and pawing at my face every time I would go under bringing me back.

Dogs Matter got him fostered quickly by a house manager at a great sober living home. I went to detox immediately and when I got out that same sober living gave me and Sebastian a scholarship so we could get on our feet.

This organization saved me and my dog, Sebastian.”

— John D.

“They were such an integral part in my journey towards a new, recovered life.”

"I was finally ready to accept my truth and willing to begin an alcohol treatment program after decades of abuse, but what was I supposed to do with my two dogs for 60 days?!

Stephen and Dogs Matter found the perfect foster family and relieved me of the added stress and anxiety over the care of my dogs when I too needed my own care.

I'm extremely grateful to this organization and its amazing volunteers. They were such an integral part in my journey towards a new, recovered life."

— Taylor S.


‘I am forever grateful to you for all your help!!!”

“Thank you so much for setting this up so I could see PorkChop !!! Seeing him gives me more motivation to continue this new way of life, Clean and Sober ! 😇 I am forever grateful to you for all your help!!!”

#dogsmatter #sobrietyrocks #dogsforrecovery

— Chas J.