FAQ's

General Questions

  • Yes, Sierra Delta is a public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our Federal Employer Tax ID number is 82-0989470
  • Yes, Veterans of any era are eligible to receive services through Sierra Delta, regardless of disability status. 
  • No. A disability rating is not required in order for Veterans to receive services through Sierra Delta.
  • Sierra Delta provides grants to cover the costs of training to meet the Veteran’s individualized needs.
  • In most cases, our veterans have already adopted a dog before they come into our program. In cases where they have not, we empower the veteran through our platform to research and find a dog that is right for them.
  • Sierra Delta is working to create the most dynamic and inclusive community of Military Veterans and Dog Lovers. We are developing the aspects of our community outreach, however, the restrictions due to COVID have made these efforts even more challenging. Sierra Delta is working furiously to provide volunteer and in-kind donation opportunities to everyone in our community. Until we have a more developed program in place please email your proposal to info@sierradelta.com

Sierra Delta offers three distinct ways to partner with us:

  • Become a corporate sponsor. 
  • Become a Partner provider to help serve our veterans through dog training and other support services. 
  • Fundraising and donations. 
  • We would love to discuss the opportunity to become affiliated with your organization and help you reach your philanthropy goals. Please contact Sean Downey at sean@sierradelta.com if your company or organization is interested in becoming a corporate sponsor.

Please go to our LIfe Buddy program site at mybuddysplace.com and register. Once we receive your information we will contact you about the opportunity to partner with our community. 

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  • Your donation goes to support of our mission to empower every Veteran with access to approved dog training that provides purpose, innovation and community through the love of dogs.
  • Sierra Delta receives no government funding. We rely on the generous contributions of individuals, corporations, foundations, businesses, and clubs.
  • We are currently developing our Ambassador Program with plans to launch in the spring of 2021 however we are not currently accepting new volunteers.  If you'd like more information about either of these opportunities, please contact our Community Outreach Director at regina@sierradelta.com

Program Questions

  • Yes, Any Veteran who has honorably served is eligible to receive services through Sierra Delta, regardless of disability status. 
  • No. A disability rating is not required in order for Veterans to receive services through Sierra Delta.
  • This will vary depending on your specific situation. Veterans who are in the process of finding a dog, researching trainers, or actively involved in training their dogs tend to have more frequent communication with their coordinator. Those who are awaiting scheduled training or who have already had their dog trained to meet their needs typically communicate less frequently. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your Veteran coordinator if you have any questions or concerns. 

At Sierra Delta, we believe that the veteran chooses the dog, and the dog chooses the veteran. The right type of dog will depend upon how you're able to answer these questions when connecting with your Veteran coordinator.?

  • Where do you live? House or Apartment? Rent or Own?
  • How much space do have for your dog to play? No Yard, Little Yard Large Yard?
  • Do you have children?
  • Is this your first dog?
  • Are there other animals in your house?
  • Are you OK In more urban and apartment settings getting a breed with a milder temperament?
  • Dogs can be quite the talkers make sure you understand, what level of barking you are comfortable with?
  • How much time do you have to be active with your dog? Taking them for walks. Playing ball or going to the dog park are some examples of fun activities for your dog.
  • How much time will your dog spend alone?
  • How big of a dog are you willing to adopt?
  • How much time will you have to groom your dog?
  • Do you have pet allergies? How willing are you to tidy up after a dog that sheds?
  • One of the most distinctive characteristics of Sierra Delta is our flexibility. We understand and appreciate that Veterans are often not exactly sure how they can benefit from a dog, or which specific needs could be addressed through dog therapy. Your coordinator and our training team will talk with you about your options, and we encourage you to ask questions! Typically, we provide grant funding as our dog’s progress through the training stages delineated by the AKC (American Kennel Club). That means that you often do not need to commit to having your dog trained to a certain level of training; rather, as you progress with your dog through the AKC levels, you will decide if additional training is needed.
  • We have found that many Veterans who apply for services through Sierra Delta have also applied for a service dog through a service dog academy. We invite you to learn more about what we do at Sierra Delta in order to make the best choice for you and your specific needs. 
  • Your Life Buddy will be allowed to go anywhere dogs are welcome.
  • Our partner trainers will look at the capabilities and assess how far a dog will be capable of going in our training program. Most dogs are capable of completing basic training and the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen training. For a dog to become a full access service dog it may take 12-24 months of training and many fall out.
  • This actually happens quite often! If you are happy with the level to which your dog is trained now, even if this differs from what you thought you might need when you first began your journey with Sierra Delta, that’s great! Our goal is to assist you in providing the level of training that meets YOUR needs. 
  • Sierra Delta provides grants to cover the costs of training to meet the Veteran’s individualized needs. 
  • In most cases, our veterans have already adopted a dog before they come into our program. In cases where they have not, we empower the veteran through our platform to research and find a dog that is right for them.
  • In most cases, our veterans have already adopted a dog before they come into our program. In cases where they have not, and they would like to get a dog from a breeder they are free to do so. Payment for their new dog is the veteran’s responsibility.
  • No, we work with our partner providers to empower our veterans through the dog training process. In cases where a full access service dog is needed, our partner academies provide the specially trained dog to our veterans in need of such a dog.

Please go to our LIfe Buddy program site at mybuddysplace.com and register. Once we receive your information we will contact you about the opportunity to partner with our community. 

Donation Questions

  • We accept donations online and by mail. Set up a one-time or recurring online donation here. Thank you for your support!
  • Sierra Delta is working to create the most dynamic and inclusive community of Military Veterans and Dog Lovers. We are developing the aspects of our community outreach, however, the restrictions due to COVID have made these efforts even more challenging. Sierra Delta is working furiously to provide volunteer and in-kind donation opportunities to everyone in our community. Until we have a more developed program in place please email your proposal to info@sierradelta.com
  • Yes, we gratefully accept donations via regular mail. Please make your check payable to: Sierra Delta, P.O. Box 211, Reedsburg, WI 53959

Sierra Delta offers three distinct ways to partner with us:

  • Become a corporate sponsor. 
  • Become a Partner provider to help serve our veterans through dog training and other support services. 
  • Fundraising and donations. 
  • We would love to discuss the opportunity to become affiliated with your organization and help you reach your philanthropy goals. Please contact Sean Downey at sean@sierradelta.com if your company or organization is interested in becoming a corporate sponsor.

Please go to our LIfe Buddy program site at mybuddysplace.com and register. Once we receive your information we will contact you about the opportunity to partner with our community. 

  • Your donation goes to support of our mission to empower every Veteran with access to approved dog training that provides purpose, innovation and community through the love of dogs.
  • Sierra Delta provides grants to cover the costs of training to meet the Veteran’s individualized needs. IWhen there are extreme needs and the Veteran does not already have a dog, we provide grant funding to cover the cost of adoption from a rescue, shelter, or foster organization.  
  • Contributions made to Sierra Delta are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. Please check with your personal tax advisor regarding the deductibility of your gift. If you donate online, you will receive an acknowledgment letter via email. If you donate by check you will receive an acknowledgment letter via mail. 
  • Sierra Delta receives no government funding. We rely on the generous contributions of individuals, corporations, foundations, businesses, and clubs.
  • We are currently developing our Ambassador Program with plans to launch in the spring of 2021 however we are not currently accepting new volunteers.  If you'd like more information about either of these opportunities, please contact our Community Outreach Director at regina@sierradelta.com