Second Training Facility

Blue print view of the two-story Second Training Facility. The 18,000 sq. ft., 40-kennel facility will include an elevator and several covered training yards.


Support Our Second Training Facility

In November 2016, Dogs for the Deaf broke ground on an 18,852 sq. ft, 40-kennel Second Training Facility.  This new two-story facility with elevator will be housed on our current campus at the base of Lower Table Rock in Central Point, OR.

The new facility will have more capacity to handle larger breed dogs, as well as provide for more indoor training, due to hot summer and inclement weather at other times of year.

Larger breed dogs are crucial to our ongoing expansion with the Autism Assistance Dog program and the need for a small breeding program.  Kennels inside our existing training facility are smaller with most limited by space and therefore not suitable for Golden Retrievers and Labradors, which are the two primary breeds we are using for the autism program. Dogs for the Deaf is continuing to rescue dogs, as this remains the primary avenue in which we secure, professionally train, and place Assistance Dogs regionally and across the country.

Preparing for concrete pour of elevator shaft (left side of image). View looking east with southern Oregon’s Upper Table Rock in distance. (June 2017)

We anticipate our Second Training Facility being completed in early 2018, and it will grow the number of dogs we rescue, professionally train, and ultimately place with clients across the United States. Once the Second Training Facility is completed, this will allow us to eventually build up over time, to a capacity of three-times the number of dogs we are currently able to house, professionally train, and ultimately place with deserving clients.

Support of our new Second Training Facility is a unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to literally be engaged from the ground up. This is a significant next-step in our 3-year strategic plan to increase the number of highly trainable Assistance Dogs we place with people. Ultimately, they will provide better lives to people, through a lifetime of service and commitment.

Beginning to clear the land, in preparation for rocking the site. Southern Oregon’s Lower Table Rock in the background. (Feb 2017)

To-date, we wish to thank and acknowledge the following individuals, organizations, companies, and foundations for their significant support on this project.

  • Akery Construction and Consulting
  • Anonymous Donor
  • Ruth Hunter
  • Darlene and Harry Lambert Foundation
  • Lions Clubs International Foundation
  • Lions Clubs, Southern Oregon and Northern California
  • Sandra Atlas Bass Fund
  • The Jeanne Pamilla Trust


DFD board chairman Ron Holzkamp (L) with President & CEO Blake Matray, placing first shovels in the construction site’s ground in Central Point, OR. (Nov 2016)

There are  number of sponsorship opportunities available with the Second Training Facility, from naming rights, individual kennels, and outdoor landscaping.  If you or your company, community service club, or family foundation have an interest in learning more, please see the attached prospectus and/or contact Harvey Potts at or (541) 826-9220.

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