The Iowa Dog Trust will offer programs designed to teach both young people & their adults all aspects of responsible dog ownership. When fully implemented, our programs will supply dog owners with all of the information they need for daily life with a dog.
One of the main sources of this information will be an interactive website. We will also provide free and low cost instructional seminars, workshops, medical consultation and dog adoption counseling.
For fun, the Iowa Dog Trust will organize statewide outings, fund raising events, exhibitions and dog fairs. With the help of area groups we will also be presenting all forms of dog sport competitions, including (but not limited to) Agility and Obedience trials, Dock Dog and Frisbee Disc competitions and other trained disciplines.
With community involvement we also hope to provide assistance across the state to those owners who, for one reason or another, are no longer able to afford the level of care or training that their dogs need. We believe that the loss of a job, displacement or illness should not affect the lives of our “best friends”.
Building a strong unbreakable bond is the key to establishing life-long mutual trust and respect between dog and owner. To that end, we will also provide supervised after school programs and programs during the summer months. These programs will not only provide the opportunity for young people to work in a small group setting and receive some one-on-one training help, there will also be small group knowledge building workshops available.
For those young people who might not have their own dog but would still like to learn proper handling methods, we would like to call on area shelters and rescue groups to provide adoptable dogs for them to work with and train. This is obviously a win-win situation as it will give these young people a chance to have some “hands-on” time while making these dogs more adoptable because they will be better trained and more used to positive human interaction.
Our fund raising efforts will provide a source of income for the above-mentioned programs and also help the community. The Iowa Dog Trust will be helping to raise money to fund many great projects though out the state. From Police K9 programs, shelters and rescue groups, to dogs in need due to natural disasters like the floods and tornadoes of 2008. These funds will also help to fund our “K9 Friends” program.
K9 Friends is a series of local outreach programs designed to get young people involved in all facets of community service and awareness. From making public areas people and pet safe, to maintaining dog parks and recreation areas, to visiting the elderly, shut-ins and the disabled.
K9 Friends is a way for our youth to work toward a common goal, have fun together and to “pay it forward” in communities across the state.
Who We are Looking For
There is an old saying that it takes a community to raise a child! That also holds true for dogs.
The Iowa Dog Trust organization is now in the process of building alliances in all areas of the “Dog Community”. We ask for your support. We realize that the level of support will vary from person to person and from business to business, and we only ask for a level of support that each person or group feels comfortable in giving.
As a supporting business, the people who use the programs we offer and the people that see our programs in action will know that you support us and will more than likely support your business. As an IDT supporter you will also be “paying it forward”.