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Graduation Class of October 2014

Graduates include epileptic and non-epileptic seizure response dogs, diabetic alert dogs, and mobility assistance dogs.  Recipients include people with epilepsy, cerebral palsy, Tourette’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and Huntington’s.


On October 19,2014, six new assistance dog teams graduated.   After 18 months of intense training, our service dogs attained incredible skills needed to assist their new owners with various conditions including epilepsy, diabetes, Tourette’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke and cerebral palsy.  These dogs will allow their new partners to go far beyond the limitations their disability might normally have placed on them. The dogs respond to more than 100 commands.  Even more amazing, they know complex "chains" of actions to respond to a variety of life threatening events without commands from their human partner. For example:


Who We Are

We would like to introduce Retrieving Independence (RI), a Tennessee non-profit organization located just outside of Nashville, Tennessee.   We have been breeding, training and placing service dogs for people with disabilities since 2006.  At the age of 18-24 months of age and with more than 120 hours of advanced skills training, our dogs are placed with children and adults with a disability to perform a wide variety of highly skilled tasks specifically geared to assist these individuals in living a fuller and more independent life.

Beautiful Lab puppies looking out of station wagon

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We have been able to finally get a dog for our son, and Retrieving Independence helped us get a dog sooner than if we had to be put on a waiting list.

  • Dorothy May
  • Bloomberg, IL
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