Service & Therapy Animals of Rockbridge, Inc. (STAR) strives to improve quality of life for dogs and community members coping with the challenges of day-to-day life in addition to improving independent management and self-sufficiency with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Diabetes.
To train and certify domestic and displaced dogs to provide therapeutic services in community settings and place certified service dogs into the homes of persons struggling with diabetes or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to improve self-sufficiency and quality of life.
STAR will always strive to ensure the best quality of service while also providing:
- Compassion – by valuing human dignity at all times;
- Respect – by always treating others the way we want to be treated;
- Reliability – by following through on our commitment to improving quality of life for displaced dogs and disabled persons;
- Safety – by ensuring each placement is the best fit for both the dog and the person; and
- Trust – by doing what we say we’re going to do.
STAR collaborates with local resources to identify displaced dogs with potential, and then train those dogs to become Certified Service and/or Therapy Animals. During training, potential service dogs will be placed in pre-approved foster homes for support and re-integration into a home setting. Upon certification, and in partnership with community programs, the certified dogs will be placed with qualifying disabled residents of Rockbridge County; certified therapy dogs can be placed into a new home or remain in the home where they received training. Once placed, STAR will continue to work with the new placement to ensure appropriate placement as well as a smooth transition for both the community member and the certified dog, and will also coordinate and track training and re-certification requirements to ensure compliance for therapy and service dogs, and assess improved outcomes for residents, too.