Anchor Assistance Dogs is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that trains and places highly skilled service and facility dogs. We are located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our Values and Guiding Principles
We are committed to making the best possible matches between our clients and dogs to ensure a happy and mutually beneficial partnership. We provide well adjusted, highly skilled, custom trained service dogs to meet our client’s individual needs.
The continued success of our working teams is important to us. We provide follow up training and assistance for our clients and are always available to answer questions and help with training and behavioral concerns as they arise.
We value our dogs and treat them with kindness and respect throughout the training and placement process. We want to raise and teach willing and happy canine companions. We train using positive and humane training methods to bring out the best in our dogs.
We are committed to finding appropriate placements for all of our dogs at all stages of their lives. We recognize that dogs are individuals and strive to find placements that are suited to their unique temperaments and strengths.
We are committed to developing good relationships with our volunteers, puppy raisers, trainers, clients, donors, and the community.
We are committed to educating our clients, volunteers, and the public about assistance dogs, humane and positive dog training methods, and responsible dog ownership and care, and to building a community dedicated to supporting our mission.
My name is Allie Gahagan (Moschetti) and I am the Founder and President of Anchor Assistance Dogs. I have always had a heart for assistance dogs and I love being a part of the positive impact they have on so many lives. At a young age I began raising guide dog puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. I have pursued my passion for training dogs and helping people ever since. I have trained and competed with my own dogs in agility and obedience. My dog training and teaching experience includes leading a 4-H dog obedience club where I taught responsible dog ownership and training to youth. I have interned and worked at several guide and service dog organizations throughout the U.S, I have volunteered at shelters and worked for the Virginia Beach SPCA. I am certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and I currently own and operate Let's Go LLC - a training business helping dog owners teach manners, obedience, and work through behavioral challenges with positive reinforcement based training. I struggle with some physical limitations due to a chronic illness from a neurological disorder which gives me a greater compassion and understanding of some of the unique challenges that service dog clients face. I appreciate the need for quality service dogs to provide support to people with disabilities. One of my greatest joys is seeing the connection and bond that forms between a working service dog team. I am excited to build Anchor Assistance Dogs and look forward to working with volunteers, donors, and clients to accomplish our mission.
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Meet our Founder
Providing increased independence and social connection through trained service dog partnerships.