Let’s Help P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA #BtC4A

We are proud to be joining  For the Love of a Dog, Heart Like a Dog, Pet Faves, and CindyLu’s Muse in this quarter’s Blog the Change for Animals!

“From CindyLu’s Muse: The rules are simple: write about a cause, group, or person you think others should know about, link up on the 15th, then read and share what others have written while they share yours, too. There are no restrictions as to what type of subject you choose, as long as it has to do with the well-being and welfare of our fellow creatures.”

 When you learn about the woman/cause that I am featuring today, you will instantly see why I was compelled to share them with you. I would like to thank my Mother, who without a smart phone, computer or internet, works tirelessly WRITING HANDWRITTEN letters seeking donations for a number of causes that she is passionate about (handwritten letters are rare in the world we live in today, making her efforts quite successful!). The program I am featuring today is one of the causes that my Mother holds dear. She has communicated with the woman I am featuring, (via letters!), and when I heard about this sensational program that is in DIRE need of support, I wanted to help as well. I knew it would be a wonderful cause to feature for:

Click to visit their website!

Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to:

Photo Courtesy of http://pharmdog.org/

Click on the photo to visit their website! Photo Courtesy of http://pharmdog.org/

Farming in and of itself is a 24-7 job.  Never-ending chores/work that must be completed to have a farm function effectively, is hard enough when one is able-bodied and healthy, but what about farmers with disabilities? How are they able to manage their farms without help? Enter P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA. In order for dogs (especially herding/working dogs) to be happy, they need a JOB. Farmers with disabilities need help. It is a “win-win” for both.  After perusing their website I also learned that a number of their dogs have been saved from rescues. These dogs in turn, give back to farmers who are in dire need of help. 


from their website:

P.H.A.R.M Dog USA,  Pets Helping Agriculture in Rural Missouri, is the brain child of Jackie Allenbrand.  The organization’s  goal is to make life easier for farmers and farm family members with disabilities.  Those eligible for services may have any type of disability — physical, cognitive, or illness-related.  Our services are not limited to Missouri. We do place dogs in other states.

Dogs that provide Service Skills, primarily labs or lab mixes, can be trained to do a variety of helpful tasks such as retrieving or picking up dropped tools, opening a latch gate system, carrying buckets, as well as standing and bracing if a farmer has stability issues, or going for help.  Jackie determines the needs of prospective clients, makes farm assessments, and facilitates placement of the dogs. She and another trainer handle the training for the dogs and their new owners.

Herding Dogs
, primarily border collies, help farmers manage their livestock. These dogs are currently donated by a friend and supporter in Plattsburg, Missouri, who helps train both the dogs and farmers.  We also have a trainer in Packwood, Iowa.

Meet Duke, our most recent placement, with his new owner
Troy, who lives in Nebraska. Duke’s duties will include helping Troy sort and load cattle at the 1200 head heifer development operation where Troy works in Kansas. Duke, formerly homeless, was donated by a kind family that he followed home while they were out for a walk. He was trained by Don McKay from Iowa.
At their first meeting Duke and Troy made a great connection and we’re sure they will both benefit from this arrangement.

I was so blown away by this program and when I heard about their need, I knew that if anyone could help them, it would be the blogging community!!!

PHARM Dog Needs

  • Dog Food

  • Vet Meds

  • Vet Care

  • Collars, Leashes, Bowls

  • Kennels

  • Dog Houses

  • More Trainers

  • Training Center

  • Money to meet program needs—–
  • As a not-for-profit organization,
  • they are eligible for
    company matched donations
  • if your employer offers them.

If you’re interested in donating,

contact Jackie Allenbrand

“PHARM Dog USA” Account
Great Western Bank
224 West Wood
Albany, MO 64402

P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA is a

501c3 Organization

Hoping for lots

of help for this

incredible program


  1. that’s a wonderful way to support farmers with diseases and their families. I know this is anyway a darned hard job and it’s great that dogs can help out on that front.
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  2. we stumbled upon this group from the news cast….since farming is in our family, we LOVE this idea

  3. I had never heard of this group before, what a great way to use service dogs!
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  4. Looks like an awesome cause, thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh, this is such a wonderful idea. I had never heard of PHARM Dog USA before, but now I’ll never forget it. Thank you for bringing this amazing organization to our attention!
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  6. I already do this kind of thing, but with a bit different twist. It’s good to help those that need help.

    Have a woof woof day Dakota. My very best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥
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  7. Marg says:

    Wow, that is such a great idea. We are so glad that this is being done. Good for the dogs and the farmers. And thanks for making us familiar with it. Great post.

  8. Thanks for telling us about this as we had never heard of it before. Dogs are making the world a better place in all kinds of ways!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley
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  9. I love hand-written letters. If I have a problem or really want to get a companies attention, I always write a personal letter by hand. I have always gotten a prompt response and it usually turns out in my favor. As far as PHARM, what a fantastic idea. Being far removed from the farming industry, I’d never thought of this problem. Best of luck to this organization.
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  10. Wow! I nevfur had heard of this befur. Its a great project! Hope they get all the things they need…and that many peeps and pups will be connected.

  11. I think I’ve heard about this organization before, it is truly amazing! We always think about dogs helping our disabled vets but there are other disabled heroes, farmers. Thanks for sharing, next time mom is able to donate she will keep them in mind. Mom is farmer stock from Nebraska and Iowa so it only makes sense. Wish we would have known about the hop sorry to have missed it. Love Doly
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  12. Jodi says:

    I love this and I love that so many people are thinking outside the box for ways to help animals in need. When you partner and animal in need with a person in need, wow, you’re right, it just blows me away.

    Thank you so much for sharing this awesome organization on the blog hop!

  13. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    Wow! This is great! What a wonderful organization.

  14. What an incredible organization!
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  15. dawn says:

    Sounds like a great organization! I’m sure they appreciate you helping to get the word out especially to the pet blogging community. Thanks for joining in Blog the Change!
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  16. Jan K says:

    Wow, this is something I had never heard of, what a wonderful organization! Thanks for bringing it to our attention. How great that your Mom gets those handwritten letters out. I think they get even more attention now because they are getting so rare.
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  17. Jenny says:

    I’ve never heard of this organization, so thank you for letting us know about this! 🙂

  18. What a wonderful organization. I had never heard of PHARM Dog before. Thank you for the info! I’ll be sure to share it!
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  19. Monika says:

    What a fantastic way to help farmers in need! As a pet therapy team, this is near and dear to our <3 Thank you for putting a spotlight on this topic! ღ
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  20. Jackie's Freind says:

    Thank you all so much for your support and wonderful comments for my friend Jackie and her P.H.A.R.M. Dog Program, they truly do such great things with so little. I know all of you support means the world to her and to those that she will help.

    • Dakota says:

      Hi Pamela! It is so nice to meet you!! You are most welcome, I sooo wish I could do more!! I have my thinking cap on!!

  21. Wow, that is SUCH a great program, doing such wonderful things! Thank you so much for sharing about them, Caren and Dakota!
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  22. Ludo says:

    That sounds like a really great cause. I hope the extra exposure is good for them! I wonder if there is anything similar in this country? Well done to your Mom for all her work too.
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  23. What a great organization.
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  24. Kim says:

    What an incredible idea! And such a much-needed service….kudos to Jackie for finding a way to meet the needs of both disabled farmers and dogs needing a home and job ! I especially love that some of the dogs are from rescues. I’ll bet these farmers are infinitely grateful for the help their dogs provide for them.

    Thanks to your mom for being the change for animals! And thank you for blogging the change for animals,
    Kim Thomas
    Be the Change for Animals

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