Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs



To transform lives with service dogs.


Provide the gift of independence to veterans and individuals with autism by building a dedicated community of service dog trainers and volunteers.


Build bridges to independence by transforming the lives of individuals with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the incarcerated individuals who train them.


TLCAD began as a small non-profit, all volunteer organization in 1998 by the original founders, Steven Ross Fritsche, Heather Jo Fritsche & V. Lee Wells, with a goal to train service dogs for those seeking a fuller, more independent life. TLCAD became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in August 1999. In 2007, TLCAD earned accreditation from Assistance Dogs International (ADI).

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TLCAD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID: #33-0809688. All material or financial donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

Audited Financials Statements & IRS Forms 990

2018 990           2018 Audited Financials 

2017 990           2017 Audited Financials

2016 990          2016 Audited Financials

Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report


Field of Purple and Gold

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