Please Give Support to Retrieving Freedom, Inc. - We can Always use Your Help!

Producing and placing the best possible service dogs, is expensive!

Contributions are needed to help cover the costs of training and caring for the dogs. Retrieving Freedom is striving to increase production while maintaining the highest degree of quality in our service dogs.

Monetary contributions are the number one need, but there are other forms of assistance that help Retrieving Freedom complete its mission.

Several Ways You can Make a Difference

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Planned Giving

Where there's a WILL, there's a way

Retrieving Freedom, Inc., (RFI) depends on your support to help us train and place dogs to allow a new degree of independence in the lives of our recipients. There are many ways you can help by donating, one being through your will.

Download a PDF for examples and more information on how to do so.

Legacy Estate Gifts

Continuing a family’s legacy can be an exciting look in the future for individuals interested in planning their giving.

Your legacy gift to Retrieving Freedom will change lives through the training of service dogs for disabled veterans and children with autism.

Operational Legacy Gifts

$100,000 — FULL FIVE GIFT

This gift provides Retrieving Freedom the opportunity to welp an entire litter of puppies from one of our breeding females.

  • 5 puppies start into the organization to become service dogs 
  • Covers housing, food, veterinary costs, and impact training programs — 5 dogs going through the program
  • Final placement of the dogs who make the grade of becoming a service dog with disabled veterans and children with autism
  • You will receive naming rights on all 5 puppies that will carry on for their entire lives


This gift provides a Retrieving Freedom facility with 50% of the total operational needs to raise, train, and place an entire group of service dogs for one calendar year.

  • Combines your efforts with current donors to provide 15-20 service dogs for disabled veterans and children with autism
  • Naming rights on that calendar year’s large event and graduation ceremony establishing your legacy gift as the driving factor for that year’s successful placements
  • Option to name up to 10 service dogs in training entering the program throughout that calendar year

Capacity Building Legacy Gifts

The extent of the capacity building can be determined by the level of the gift, starting at $50,000 Options for consideration:

  • Adding an additional trainer
  • Designing a new impact service program for educational purposes; prisons, at-risk teens, elementary students
  • Service dog research into veterans, children with autism

Capital Legacy Gifts

Capital Legacy Gifts can begin at any amount over $5,000 with no cap. These gifts will provide Retrieving Freedom the opportunity to improve and build upon:

  • Facility updates and repairs
  • Facility and structure expansion
  • Parking lot expansion
  • Memorial garden for dogs who have served and passed on
  • Fencing and dog play areas
  • New property development

Property and Asset Gifts

Retrieving Freedom is open to all types of donations. Considerations can be given to property and physical asset donations within your estate, which could be used toward any of these giving opportunities, and more.

Sponsor Levels

Using grass roots to develop a proven model in a small rural community, Retrieving Freedom is now celebrating 7 years of service changing lives by training service dogs for disabled veterans and children with autism.

Visit our other pages that correspond to the following sponsor levels

Breeding Dogs Service Dogs in Training Placed Service Dog Teams 

You can help CHANGE LIVES through the following:

5 -Tier 1 Sponsors - National Program Sponsors - $25,000

Five Tier 1, NATIONAL PROGRAM SPONSOR opportunities are available for a sponsor to commit to a three year contribution of $25,000 per year. This sponsorship is a major gift to the organization to make this initiative possible. Choosing this level will allow the donor to select a specific program in which they would like to claim the efforts of their contribution to serve. With your support, Retrieving Freedom is committed to working with the academic, prison, youth, summer camp, and college communities to further the depth and results of these proprietary programs.

7 - Tier 2 Sponsors - National Capacity Builder Sponsors - $10,000

Seven Tier 2, NATIONAL CAPACITY BUILDER SPONSOR opportunities are available for a sponsor to commit to a three year contribution of $10,000 per year. This sponsor level will allow the donor to select from a list of seven core areas that their contribution can assist with increasing the capacity of Retrieving Freedom.

Up to 30 Annual - Tier 2 Sponsors - Final Training Sponsors - $10,000

Up to 30 Tier 2, FINAL TRAINING SPONSOR opportunities are available for a sponsor to commit to a SINGLE year contribution of $10,000. This will assist with finishing the training and placing a specific RFI dog into the hands of a veteran or child with autism. Retrieving Freedom will be placing 30 dogs into service each year from the 60 sponsored puppies that enter into the program. This unique level sponsorship will provide the needs to cover the final training from 18-24 months and cover the costs associated with the placement. You will receive notification of the placement and recognition for being the final sponsor directly connected to the dog that an RFI recipient receives. RFI hosts an annual graduation that we encourage you to attend and meet the veteran or child personally. Being part of the process that changes lives is priceless!

10 - Tier 3 Sponsors - National Litter Sponsors - $5,000

Ten Tier 3, NATIONAL LITTER SPONSOR opportunities are available for a sponsor to commit to 1-3 year contributions of $5,000 per year. This will assist with the increased need of puppy production on a National scale. Retrieving Freedom will be placing ten litters per year into the training program for an average of 60 puppies per year. This special level sponsorship will provide the needs to cover the costs of these specifically bred puppies. Each breeding female will have a maximum of 3 litters to secure her future as not only a producer, but have a quality life outside her dedication to our mission.

Up to 60 Annual - Tier 4 Sponsors - Puppy Head Start Sponsors - $2,500

Up to 60 Tier 4, PUPPY HEAD START SPONSOR opportunities are available for a sponsor to commit to a three year contribution of $2,500 per year. This will assist with starting each RFI puppy into the organization to become a future service dog. Retrieving Freedom will be placing 60 puppies into training each year from the ten sponsored litters by our National Litter Sponsors. This unique level sponsorship will provide the needs to cover the initial training and fostering costs of these specifically bred puppies. This unique opportunity will grant you naming rights to the puppy entering the program.

Individual Sponsorships - Recurring

Giving Monthly is the easiest way to make a difference in the life of a disabled veteran or for a family with a child with autism. Your monthly contribution will help cover the expenses associated with the total production cost of this life-changing and, oftentimes, life-saving, trained service dog. These costs can can be upwards of $25,000 per dog.

We Need Your Support.

Will you join us and become part of the Retrieving Freedom team to help produce as many of these wonderful, life-changing dogs as possible?

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There are Several Levels of Monthly Giving that can Fit Anyone's Budget!

$25.00 - $50.00 - $75.00

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Still not Sure?

For your convenience we have put together some of the most commonly asked questions about how our program works. Of course, if you have a question not covered here, please feel free to contact us.

Q: Once I've made an online gift, how can I make changes to my account (i.e. change amount, change my credit card number)?

A: It's so easy! Please just call 319-505-5949 If we receive your change prior to the month's processing deadline we can make the change effective for that month. If not, it'll take effect the next month.

Q: What if I need to stop giving. Can I stop whenever I want?

A: Of course! Just call 319-505-5949 Your cancelation will take place the same month, or the following month, depending upon when we receive your call.

Q: Will I receive verification of my donations for tax purposes?

A: All monthly donors receive an annual statement reflecting the prior year's total contributions. This statement is usually mailed in February.

Q: When will my credit card first be charged?

A: Monthly charges occur once per month. Your first online gift will be charged to your card on the date that your transaction is made.

If you prefer to give by phone, please call the Iowa location at 319-505-5949 .

Puppy Foster Care

Getting our puppies off to the right start to become a service dog is one of the most important stages of our program. We are looking for dedicated individuals and families that can help with the first 6-8 months of the puppy's life. They will need to provide a loving home, public socialization, and begin the basic training process. Experts from Retrieving Freedom will be there to help throughout the entire process with training classes and open communication. Being a foster home will be one of the most rewarding experiences that you and your family will ever be a part of.


So Many Ways to Make a Donation ... to Make a Difference!

No matter what you chose to do to help our service dog program, Retrieving Freedom appreciates your support. Check out some of the ways you can help to change lives:

Make a financial donation   Donate Supplies 

Foster a puppy in training   Volunteer your time

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