Our area of service is St. Louis, Missouri and surrounding communities, and Columbia, Missouri.
Incorporated in January 1998
501(c)(3) tax-exempt status (EIN: 43-1803006)
Active Board – meets 6 times per year. Long-range plans include controlled growth, our own training facility and stable funding.
150+ volunteers doing everything from raising puppies, handling therapy dogs, to office work and facility maintenance
CHAMP has a small office in Maryland Heights, MO. We do not house dogs at this facility - all of our dogs-in-training live with their caregivers in the greater St. Louis community, their PwP caregivers in Columbia, MO, or their trainers at our prison program.
Placements: 77 total service and facility dogs placed as of March 2020.
Categories of Placement include:
CHAMP Service Dog graduates have disabilities other than visual or hearing impairments, including:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Down Syndrome
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Cerebral Palsy
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
CHAMP Facility Dog graduates work in healthcare, courthouse, and child advocacy centers
CHAMP Prison Program at Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC) Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center (WERDCC) in Vandalia, MO
- Service dog program started at the prison in 2002
- Rescue Dog program started at the prison in 2004
- CHAMP staff and volunteers visit weekly
- Puppies and dogs rotate in and out of the prison every 2-3 months. In the community, the primary focus is socialization (and fun.) At prison, the primary focus is skills training (and fun.)
- Offender-trainers train nearly all of the formal skills our dogs learn, everything from walking nicely on a leash to advanced service dog skills
- CHAMP is responsible for all dog-related costs associated with the program, including dogs, equipment, food, training and cleaning supplies, vet costs, etc.
- We average around 12-15 dogs and puppies in training plus a few others under observation.
- All dogs live with their caregivers during all stages of training – CHAMP is among the few service dog organizations that does not house dogs in a kennel facility.
- Dogs entering the training program come from many sources, including the rescue/shelter community, pet homes, and breeders
- All dogs entering our training program must pass temperament and health clearances.
Puppies With Purpose (PwP)
- PwP is CHAMP’s puppy-raising program in Columbia, Missouri.
- PwP allows Collegiate Students and the Columbia community to raise puppies to become CHAMP service dogs and provide education programs to the Columbia, MO area
- The PwP program started in 2012.
Therapy Dog Program (2019 data)
- Over 90 teams visited over 31,000 individuals in over 80 facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, reading programs, and rehabilitation centers
Education Program (2019 data)
- 80 presentations to 4,683 children and adults in 57 different venues, including public and private schools, and social and civic organizations
Funding - CHAMP service dogs are provided free of charge thanks to the generosity of our caring community. CHAMP does not receive state, federal, or United Way funding. We are not affiliated with and do not receive funding from any national service-dog-provider organization. Our funding sources include:
- Individual donations
- Corporations, foundations, and small businesses
- Social organizations and civic groups
- School fundraisers
- Government employees
- Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
- Missouri State Employees Charitable Campaign (MSECC)
- CHAMP fundraisers
- Trivia Nights
- Gifts-in-Kind, mainly veterinarians, puppy caregivers and other volunteers