Nonprofit to hold fundraiser

A nonprofit organization based in Northwest Missouri that provides trained dogs to aid farmers that have a disability or illness will hold a fundraiser next month in Albany, Missouri.

A nonprofit organization based in Northwest Missouri that provides trained dogs to aid farmers that have a disability or illness will hold a fundraiser next month in Albany, Missouri.

A nonprofit organization based in Northwest Missouri that provides trained dogs to aid farmers that have a disability or illness will hold a fundraiser next month in Albany, Missouri. Jackie Allenbrand established PHARM Dog USA as a nonprofit organization in 2012 on her farm in Stanberry, Missouri. As founder and director her goal for the program is to make life easier for farmers and farm family members with disabilities. Those eligible for services may have any type of disability whether it be physical, cognitive or illness-related. She said their services are not limited to Missouri residences and they do place dogs in other states. The recipient of a dog is required to be actively farming and in need of assistance from a trained animal. “My husband and I live on a farm and we use dogs with our cattle operation and saw how much time and energy they save us,” Allenbrand said. “At the time this started, I was working with an organization that helped farmers dealing with injury or illness. I happen to talk to a farmer at a farm show one day that had a partial leg amputation. He was telling me how his Border Collie helped him and that began the idea that dogs could be trained for a specific purpose to help the farmer if they are dealing with a disability or illness.” PHARM Dog USA, which stands for Pets Helping Agriculture in Rural Missouri, currently trains their dogs on three farms. In addition to her Stanberry farm, they use land in Plattsburg, Missouri, and Packwood, Iowa. She said the current goal of the program is to raise funds so they can build their own training center in Albany. “This would allow us to train indoors year-round including during the winter,” Allenbrand said. “This means we can help more farmers. We’re trying to earn funds to get a training center built for our purposes to help more farmers but we also hope to offer dog boarding for the general public in this building as well.” The program uses Border Collies to help livestock operations. They also use Labradors and mixes from animal shelters that are trained with service skills such as retrieving tools, carrying buckets and opening gates.

A nonprofit organization based in Northwest Missouri that provides trained dogs to aid farmers that have a disability or illness will hold a fundraiser next month in Albany, Missouri.

Jackie Allenbrand established PHARM Dog USA as a nonprofit organization in 2012 on her farm in Stanberry, Missouri. As founder and director her goal for the program is to make life easier for farmers and farm family members with disabilities. Those eligible for services may have any type of disability whether it be physical, cognitive or illness-related.

She said their services are not limited to Missouri residences and they do place dogs in other states. The recipient of a dog is required to be actively farming and in need of assistance from a trained animal.

“My husband and I live on a farm and we use dogs with our cattle operation and saw how much time and energy they save us,” Allenbrand said. “At the time this started, I was working with an organization that helped farmers dealing with injury or illness. I happen to talk to a farmer at a farm show one day that had a partial leg amputation. He was telling me how his Border Collie helped him and that began the idea that dogs could be trained for a specific purpose to help the farmer if they are dealing with a disability or illness.”

PHARM Dog USA, which stands for Pets Helping Agriculture in Rural Missouri, currently trains their dogs on three farms. In addition to her Stanberry farm, they use land in Plattsburg, Missouri, and Packwood, Iowa.

She said the current goal of the program is to raise funds so they can build their own training center in Albany.

“This would allow us to train indoors year-round including during the winter,” Allenbrand said. “This means we can help more farmers. We’re trying to earn funds to get a training center built for our purposes to help more farmers but we also hope to offer dog boarding for the general public in this building as well.”

The program uses Border Collies to help livestock operations. They also use Labradors and mixes from animal shelters that are trained with service skills such as retrieving tools, carrying buckets and opening gates.

“We try to help to save a dog and help a farmer.” Allenbrand said. “It’s a dual purpose. We stay in touch with organizations to see if a good dog for the program comes through. A recent dog we trained came from the Puppies for Parole program.”

PHARM Dog USA will hold a fundraiser beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept. 7. The event will be at the MU Hundley-Whaley Research Center at 1109 S. Birch in Albany. The sale of the tickets are $30 per person and will be on sale until Aug. 23.

Nationally known speaker Andrew McCrea from the “American Countryside” radio show will speak. Recipients of a trained dog will also be in attendance.

The meal will be catered by Girratono Meat Company in Albany. In addition, there will be honey and coffee from a farm in Hawaii to sample with homemade bread. The Missouri Wine & Grape Board will also provide wine sampling at the event.

Allenbrand said along with financial donations, they accept donated dog supplies such as Frontline flea and tick prevention, canine dewormer and leashes.

For more information on the program, contact Allenbrand by phone at 660-582-0694 or by email at pharmdog03@gmail.com. They can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pharmdogusa.