Our History

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Retrieving Independence, a non-profit organization that breeds, trains, and places service dogs, was founded in July 2012. The original team consisted of six volunteers that took the concept and turned it into reality in just four short months.

The first graduation class from Retrieving Independence consisted of four dogs who were all successfully placed with remarkable candidates. Ever since then, the organization has been growing. We have had four graduations with 25 dogs placed so far. We strive to train top quality service dogs for children and adults living with physical and mental disabilities. Our dogs fulfill their life’s work as diabetic alert dogs, seizure response dogs, mobility dogs, and by providing assistance for a wide range of challenging developmental, intellectual, psychiatric and neurological disorders. Our service dogs provide confidence, independence and enable a more fulfilling life for those people partnered with them.

Based in Brentwood, Tennessee, we are committed to helping those in need throughout the state as well as bordering communities in the Southeast. Our 82% placement rate is unmatched in the industry.

We currently have eighteen dogs in training in Turney Center Correctional Facility.