Animal related


Our Dogs Save Lives

aka dogs4diabetics, Dogs4Diabetics, D4D, Dogs for Diabetics, Inc.

Concord, CA


Provide quality medical alert assistance dogs to insulin-dependent diabetics through programs of training, placement, and follow-up services; and to,

Develop, promote and advocate standards of quality, performance, support and disclosure for all medical assistance dog teams.

Our Vision includes the enhancement of our own work through evaluating, researching, and monitoring our dogs and clients to continuously improve our processes and the outcomes for our clients. We also hope that by advocating high standards for all medical assistance dog providers, medical assistance dogs will become more accepted, respected and available around the world.

Ruling Year


President & Founder

Mr. Mark Ruefenacht

Vice President & Director of FInance

Mr. Ralph Hendrix

Main Address

1647 Willow Pass Road Suite 157

Concord, CA 94520 USA


California, Oregon, Washington





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Services (D60)

Diseases of Specific Organs (G40)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Increasing number of dogs trained and placed to 20 to 24 dogs each calendar year. Training of dogs is limited by number of trainers and volunteers to foster dogs during their training cycle. We have increased our training space and number of trainers; however, foster care providers is the primary limiting factor. We are working to promote this area of need and increase the number of available volunteer foster care providers.

Our programs

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Full Access Service Dog Teams

Diabetes Buddy Dog Program

Where we workNew!

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Goals for years 2018 through 2019: Client Goals: To effectively evaluate between 30 to 40 potential clients per year; To provide full client team training to 14 to 27 clients; To graduate 20 to 24 client dog teams. Dog Training Goals: To acquire 30 to 40 dogs for evaluation; To train 20 fully accessible service dogs for medical-alert and placement; To train 4 to 6 dogs for alternative placement options, such as non-publicly accessible diabetes buddy dogs for use in the home Diabetic Community Outreach Goals: To provide monthly Type You & Pump Diabetic support group meetings within our service area. Research Goals: To expand our understanding and continue basic research of dog's capabilities in scent-based support of persons with disabling medical conditions; To publish standards for the training of medical-alert assistance dogs. Development Goals: To expand available resources to support geographic expansion of dog placements & services

The strategies to be implemented to reach the goals projected for 2017 to 2019 are as follows: Leadership Development: Expand the number, skill sets and participation of our governing board to broaden our capabilities and execution of program capabilities. Continue to develop staff skills, succession and depth to implement, improve and deliver all program activities. Personnel Development: To expand our professional and volunteer staff to retain, expand and develop skills that have been provided by highly trained and experienced volunteers to assure program continuity and capability over the future. This is needed to assure the continuation and enhancement of all client services for the future. Resource Development: Expand our dog, training, financial and facilities resources to deliver the targeted level of services over the projected time frame.

Capabilities as of December 2018 are as follows: To provide a minimum of 2-4 client training classes per year to train between 26 to 30 clients. This requires the substantive evaluation of up to 50 clients. To train up to 15 dogs at any point in time; To evaluate up to 50 dogs per year and fully train and place between 20 to 24 dogs per year. To provide 1 to 2 week training modules to 2 accredited programs per year.

Measures will include specific metrics associated with each of the goals outlined including:

Applicants evaluated; clients trained; dogs evaluated; dogs trained; dogs placed and graduated.

Program output in Accredited Program Outreach; Partnerships engaged; Type You Support Group: Client's serviced.

Progress has been achieved in program activities throughout 2018 as follows: . Professional Dog/Client Training Staff increased. Professional Executive Director hired. Revenue Base enhanced with revenues increasing 250% from FYE 6/30/2013 to 6/30/2016. Expenses were controlled only increasing by 65% for the same period. Output increased with increased clients trained and dogs placed. Program outreach increased with training provided to Righteous Pups of Australia, to implement a comprehensive diabetic alert dog program in Australia. Orientation provided to multiple professional service dog programs as well as to students of various animal oriented training programs.

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Awards & Accreditations

Assistance Dogs International Inc.

Assistance Dogs International Inc.




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