Soul Dogs, Inc. provides job training services for both individuals wishing to work anywhere in the community, and individuals wishing to work in the animal services industry.

Our services include teaching such concepts as compliance, attendance, task completion, problem solving, and safety that are associated with performing compensated work.

Many individuals love animals and wish to work in the animal industry but do not have the skills necessary. Soul Dogs, Inc. prepares participants for paid community employment in the animal services field. The animal services field is a competitive field and Soul Dogs, Inc. teaches Dog Walking skills, Dog Grooming Assistant skills, Dog Training Assistant skills, Kennel skills, Doggie Daycare Assistant skills, etc. with certificates of completion the individual may take to a potential employer. We utilize on-line classes moderated by the job training staff for the educational piece which is completed at our base site. Any individuals in our program that want to work in animal services may want to work as a dog trainer (see train-the-trainer program), kennel work, pet stores, dog walking, etc.

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Soul Dogs, Inc. also provides job development services for individuals that do not wish to work in the animal industry. All industries and preferences are welcome.

Soul Dogs, Inc. is invested in providing intensive, ongoing supports that enable participants, for whom competitive employment at or above the minimum wage is unlikely absent the provision of supports, and who, because of their disabilities, need supports, to perform in a regular work setting. 

All employer settings are Community Integrated Workplaces and include non-disabled individuals as well with whom Soul Dogs’ participants interact on a daily basis. 

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Program Activities Include:

  • Job Development
  • Job Search Training
  • Job Searching
  • Job Placement

Jobs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Kennel maintenance/kennel care
  • Assistant to kennel manager
  • Assistant in veterinary clinic
  • Walking dogs for veterinary clinic, humane society, rescues
  • Assistant in doggie day care
  • Customer service in pet store
  • Bather for dog groomer
  • Assistant in a boarding facility
  • Any job in any industry

All participants are required to apply for services through the Division for Vocational Rehabilitation. Supported employment does not take the place of nor is it duplicative of services received through the Division for Vocational Rehabilitation. Documentation is maintained in the file of each participant receiving this service that the service is not available under a program funded under section 110 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 USC 1401 et seq.).


We love Soul Dogs!

We were searching for a job that our son would enjoy and be passionate about. One that he would find personally fulfilling; using skills that he is proud of. This is no small task and we had been disappointed many times before. Most ‘job coaching, development, placement’ programs seem to be more interested in ‘placing’ the person as quickly as possible in an open job. Any open job. Regardless of fit or preference or abilities. Soul Dogs has not been that way at all. The folks we have worked with at Soul Dogs take the time to understand our son and his specific set of circumstances. They develop a plan, research options, develop skills, and work side by side with him to make sure that he is successful every step of the way. And best of all, our son is happy! Alison and Zach have been awesome and we are so grateful we were able to referred to Soul Dogs!!

– Tonya C.

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