Our Partners

All of our partners are essential to D4D’s mission and philosophies. Like us, they value life, innovation, and family in service to their communities.

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A special thanks to all our partners! We are honored that so many organizations and corporations contribute to our life-saving mission. Learn more about our core program partners below:

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) is our largest supporter. Our founder Mark Ruefenacht received Armstrong, our first scent-trained dog, from GDB, and we continue to train dogs from this organization. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the US, and together with GDB, we work to help diabetics avoid the complications of the disease.

Nylabone (A division of Central Garden & Pet)

We’re honored that the D4D Training Center carries the Nylabone name! As our first commercial partner, the family behind Nylabone has supported us since 2005. They provide us with financial support for our rent in addition to food and toys that our dogs- in-training enjoy every day.

Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation

Like us, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) strives to strengthen the relationships between people and animals. In 2017 we launched a pilot program, Homeless to Hero Canines, to receive and train ARF rescues. Together, we value the life of every animal, and this partnership is in line with our “green philosophy” of training existing dogs for life-saving work.

Bollinger Canyon Animal Hospital

The professional and compassionate staff at Bollinger Canyon Animal Hospital has been caring for our dogs for years. The team understands the lives and needs of service dogs, and we’ve trusted them to care for dogs while they’re in training and after placement. We’re grateful for the support of these expert vets!

Redbarn Pet Products

Redbarn Pet Products is our official treat sponsor, donating cases of Protein Puffs, a natural treat our dogs truly love, on a monthly basis. These tasty training treats, packed with 75 percent protein and less than one calorie per treat, allow us to properly train, reward, and fuel our dogs in a healthy, sustainable way. Natural is not just a trend at Redbarn, it’s their food philosophy, and we’re proud to join forces with like-minded individuals.


We’ve partnered with Chewy, a one-stop-shop for your furry best friends. New to Chewy? When you place an order through this link, Chewy will donate $20 to D4D! Another bonus – you’ll save 30% on your first order. When you shop with Chewy you’re helping D4D create life-saving partnerships.

Diabetes Youth Families

Diabetes Youth Families

We’re delighted to partner with Diabetes Youth Families (DYF). Their mission, much like Dogs4Diabetics, is to improve the quality of life for those affected by diabetes. DYF provides diabetes camps and recreation programs to children, teens, families, and adults with Type I Diabetes. Their most well-known program, Bearskin Meadow Camp, is one of the nation’s longest-running diabetes camps. We believe at D4D it’s important to surround yourself with a tribe of people who also understand life with diabetes – that’s why we’re excited to grow our community and collaborate with DYF. Learn more about their community programs.

Powerful Partnership: D4D – GDB

Powerful Partnership: D4D – ARF

All of the programs at D4D operate under these guiding values:

  • Life: Our dogs save lives. We have the highest regard for life and treat our dogs and clients with the greatest respect.
  • Innovation: We started as a scientific research project and continue to innovate in the field to provide the accuracy and reliability that saves lives.
  • Family: The community at D4D supports you and your dog for life.