Amy Capps from Service Dogs Alabama is an Alabama Bright Light

As head of organizational and fund development Service Dogs AlabamaAmy Capps loves the canines she handles and her job.

“I absolutely love our dogs and what I do with Service Dogs of Alabama,” said Capps. “We end up helping people who really need it, and that’s extremely fulfilling. When you see our dogs making a difference in the lives of the people they help, it’s the greatest feeling in the world.”

Service Dogs Alabama provides medical and psychiatric service dogs to adults and children, including veterans and those with disabilities. The dogs also go into schools, youth centers and courtrooms.

“Service dogs are much more than just helping the visually impaired,” Capps said. “At Service Dogs Alabama, we offer service dogs for seizure alert, PTSD, mobility assistance, and other conditions.”

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The dogs can be trained to recognize a drop in blood sugar and alert the person with a nudge or a bark. They are also trained to recognize seizures and to press an alarm button to get help. In addition to helping individuals, dogs can also work in a school or facility to help a group.

To get the training and everything that comes with Service Dogs Alabama funding, Capps said they depend on grants from organizations like that Alabama Power Foundation.

“We love the Alabama Power Foundation,” she said. “We have been partners since the beginning of our organization in 2015 and they have always supported our annual fundraiser. They have also supported us with grants. One of these generous grants is in use. They are helping us place a school dog and we are on day two of transition training.”

On the Service Dogs Alabama website, a quote from a veteran sums up the whole story.

“These people save lives. you saved my life They gave my daughter her father back,” said Jeremy Millwood, a retiree United States Army Sergeant and ex-Medic.

Capps sees Millwood’s sentiment, and others who like it, as a fulfilling reason for her work.

“To see our work result in people getting these animals that they need and to see their lives change for the better just feels incredible,” she said. “Knowing the impact the dog will have on our people gives me a sense of being and purpose.”

For more information visit www.servicedogsalabama.org.

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