“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:
Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to:
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.
ABOUT P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA
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
Collars, Leashes, Bowls
- 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
- You can also visit the
Monetary donations may also be sent to:
“PHARM Dog USA” Account
Great Western Bank
224 West Wood
Albany, MO 64402
P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA is a
Hoping for lots
of help for this