Service Dogs For Patriots

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Service Dogs for Patriots in Gainesville and Ocala - Our team

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Michelle Dunlap

 Michelle Dunlap, M.Ed., Executive Director and Lead Service Dog Trainer, is from Gainesville and earned her Masters of Education from the University of Florida in 1997.  She taught middle and elementary school in Cleveland, Ohio, Tallahassee, Florida, and Waldo, Florida.  Her teaching career ended when she suffered a brain injury in 2002.  Michelle trained her rescued pit bull, Amber, to assist her following the brain injury.  For many years, Michelle trained family dogs through her company,  Gainesville Canine Academy.  She focused her training efforts towards service dogs when she met a rescued pit bull who showed great potential to assist her owner the same way Amber assisted Michelle.  Michelle and co-trainer Amanda launched Service Dogs for  Patriots to address the need for trained dogs to assist veterans with PTSD.  Michelle shares her life with a delightful beagle mix named Phoebe and a quarter horse named Gambler. 

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SD Amber and SD Liberty

SD Amber, NTD, ITD, CGC, TT  Therapy Dog and Service Dog (2004-2018)

Amber was Michelle Dunlap’s service dog after her brain injury in 2002.  Amber’s assistance to Michelle is what inspired the idea of training rescued dogs to become service dogs to assist veterans with PTSD.  


SD Liberty, CGC

Liberty is the first service dog to be trained by Service Dogs for Patriots.  She is currently assisting Army Veteran Chuck Hubert. 

Board of Directors

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Dr. Susan Walls

Dr. Susan Walls, PhD, is a wildlife biologist and has served as the Board Treasurer since 2017. 

Susan Keel

Susan Keel is a professional dog trainer and dog behavior consultant.  She has served as the Board Secretary since 2015.   

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Seth Young

Seth Young is an Army Veteran, serving with the 101st Airborne.  He is an entrepreneur, business owner, and organic farmer.  Seth has served on the board since 2019.

Barbara Janowitz

Barbara Janowitz is a long-time employee of the University of Florida administering grants, and has served on the board since 2019.  

Veteran/Handler Teams

Charles J Hubert, Staff Sergeant (US Army retired) and Liberty, CGC

Charles J Hubert, Staff Sergeant (US Army retired) and Liberty, CGC

Charles J Hubert, Staff Sergeant (US Army retired) and Liberty, CGC

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 Liberty was rescued from the Sumter County Shelter by Phoenix Animal Rescue and adopted by Chuck on September 12, 2015. They completed cooperative service dog training in 2016.  

Fred Wilcox, Captain (US Army retired), and Wendy, CGC

Charles J Hubert, Staff Sergeant (US Army retired) and Liberty, CGC

Charles J Hubert, Staff Sergeant (US Army retired) and Liberty, CGC

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 Wendy was rescued from the Levy County Shelter by Phoenix Animal Rescue and adopted by Fred in 2016. They completed cooperative service dog training in 2017.  

Jimmy Ritten, Boatswain Mate First Class (US Navy retired) and Cody

Charles J Hubert, Staff Sergeant (US Army retired) and Liberty, CGC

Jimmy Ritten, Boatswain Mate First Class (US Navy retired) and Cody

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 Cody was rescued from the Bradford County Shelter by Gainesville Pet Rescue and adopted by Jimmy in 2016.  They completed cooperative service dog training in 2017.  

Joel Renfro, Specialist (US Army) and Shadow

Colleen Campbell, Lance Corporal (US Marines) and Artemis

Jimmy Ritten, Boatswain Mate First Class (US Navy retired) and Cody

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Shadow was rescued from the Suwannee County Shelter by Gainesville Pet  Rescue and adopted by Joel in 2016.  They completed cooperative service dog training in 2017.   Shadow's training was sponsored by Senior Financial Security in The Villages.  

Colleen Campbell, Lance Corporal (US Marines) and Artemis

Colleen Campbell, Lance Corporal (US Marines) and Artemis

Colleen Campbell, Lance Corporal (US Marines) and Artemis

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Colleen acquired Artemis from a breeder as a puppy.  They completed cooperative service dog training in 2018.  

Felicia Rawls, Hospital Corpsman (US Navy) and Scout

Colleen Campbell, Lance Corporal (US Marines) and Artemis

Colleen Campbell, Lance Corporal (US Marines) and Artemis

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 Scout was rescued from the Columbia County Shelter by the Lake City Humane Society, and was initially trained at the RMC Paw Camp in Lake Butler, FL.  SD Scout and Felicia completed cooperative service dog training in 2017.  

Dale Sievers, Specialist (US Army) and Sarge

Christopher Pericht, Petty Officer First Class (US Navy retired) and Remington

Christopher Pericht, Petty Officer First Class (US Navy retired) and Remington

Sarge was rescued by Dale's friend and fellow veteran. He has graduated our 
 training program.

 Sarge was rescued by a fellow veteran and adopted by Dale.  They completed cooperative service dog training in July 2018. Sarge's training was sponsored by One Team One Fight 4 PTSD.

Christopher Pericht, Petty Officer First Class (US Navy retired) and Remington

Christopher Pericht, Petty Officer First Class (US Navy retired) and Remington

Christopher Pericht, Petty Officer First Class (US Navy retired) and Remington

Remington is a German shorthaired pointer bought by Chris' wife for him to train as his service dog.

Remington was a gift to Chris from his wife. They completed cooperative service dog training 2019. Remi's training was sponsored  by One Team One  Fight 4 PTSD. 

Zachry Skidmore, Sergeant (US Marines) and Damen

Christopher Pericht, Petty Officer First Class (US Navy retired) and Remington

Zachry Skidmore, Sergeant (US Marines) and Damen

Damon is a German shepherd dog owned by Zach and is in training to be his service dog.

Damen was already part of Zach’s family. They completed cooperative service dog training in 2019.  Damen's  training was sponsored by One Team One Fight 4 PTSD.   

Keith Totten, Corporal (US Army) and Saint

Rodney Fausnaugh, Sergeant (US Army) and Tony Stark

Zachry Skidmore, Sergeant (US Marines) and Damen

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 Keith adopted Saint from the  Humane Society of Marion County.  They completed training in 2019. Saint's service dog training was sponsored by Jean Ann Dorrell with Senior Financial Security in The Villages.   

Rodney Fausnaugh, Sergeant (US Army) and Tony Stark

Rodney Fausnaugh, Sergeant (US Army) and Tony Stark

Rodney Fausnaugh, Sergeant (US Army) and Tony Stark

Service Dog in Training Tony Stark is a border collie mix from the RMC Paw Camp prison dog program.

 Tony was rescued from the Columbia County Shelter by the Lake City Humane Society, and was initially trained at the RMC Paw Camp in Lake Butler, FL.  They completed cooperative service dog training in 2019. Tony Stark's training was sponsored by James Coats of Phalanx Defense Systems.  

Jose Jimenez, Sergeant (US Army) and Mindy

Rodney Fausnaugh, Sergeant (US Army) and Tony Stark

Rodney Fausnaugh, Sergeant (US Army) and Tony Stark

Service Dog in Training Mindy is a pit bull  from the  Humane Society  of Marion County.

Mindy is from the Marion County Humane Society. They completed cooperative service dog training in 2019.  Mindy's training was sponsored by One Team One Fight 4 PTSD.