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Golden Opportunities for Independence

323 High Street Walpole MA 02081 US




• Established in 2013 by co-founders Pauline Hoegler and Kristen Lee. 

• Focus on recipients with medical conditions such as epilepsy, autism, and diabetes.

• Use a community centered approach in which we use local volunteers to help recipients raise and train their own dogs and assist with life skills.​

•Use graduated recipients as mentors for recipients in training GOFI will provide continued education and assistance after service dogs are placed.

Our program is unique in that we also offer supportive social programs for service dog recipients by involving them in training from the very beginning. Recipients take part in organized training sessions, puppy socialization outings providing social skills training for recipients and supportive social groups.

We use research-based positive training methods proven to produce behaviorally stable dogs. Our success in training without force or intimidation is evident in our trained service dogs and results in happy, confident companions.

Established in 2013, Golden Opportunities for Independence is dedicated to providing those in need with the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest extent. GOFI not only trains service dogs for placement but strives to provide support and friendship to recipients.  GOFI’s success is made possible through the teamwork of committed staff, volunteers and community partners.

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​Quick Facts

   Our mission is to provide people living with disabilities with highly trained service dogs as a means to facilitate more confident and independent lifestyles. Golden Opportunities for  Independence in Walpole is your local service and therapy dog training resource.

With a GOFI dog at your side, independence isn't far behind! Our Service Dog Training Program provides you with the confidence you need to become independent again...

We are truly lucky to have the opportunity to work with so many fantastic recipients.  Our recipients are hard working and committed to the program, and they have all become part of the GOFI family.

Golden Opportunities For independence In Walpole is a 501c3 nonprofit organization


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