Volunteer Services

Retrieving Independence volunteers are crucial to the successful integration of our dogs into the homes and communities of their future partners. By becoming a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to change lives one dog at a time. We have four basic types of volunteers…

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Inmate Training Program

Retrieving Independence and the Tennessee Department of Corrections have a partnership in which inmates learn to train service dogs. Our dogs go to the Turney Center Industrial Complex where inmates receive 30 hours of intense training before beginning work with a puppy…

Success Stories - Retrieving Independence

Success Stories

Our dogs serve as diabetic alert dogs, seizure response dogs, mobility dogs and assist with a wide range of developmental, intellectual, psychiatric and neurological disorders. Our service dogs provide confidence, independence and enhance the lives of their partners.