Our mission is to develop and successfully place highly skilled service dogs to assist with individuals living with a disability, enhancing their quality of life.

Through the powerful nature of interdependence between human and dog, service dogs provide a life with fewer barriers for those living with disabilities.

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.