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Your gift makes the dogs’ gifts to the world possible. Service dogs, guide dogs, hearing dogs, diabetic alert dogs, drug detection dogs, bomb sniffing dogs, agriculture scent detection dogs, social/therapy dogs, dogs helping servicemen and women with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and children with Autism represent just a few of the ways dogs are helping humankind.

Your donations can take many forms – from direct gifts and pledges to online gifts.

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Remember, even $1 can make a difference. All donations are tax deductible.

Online Donation

Online donations to Bergin University can be made through either GiveDirect or PayPal.

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Direct Gifts and Pledges

We are pleased to accept cash, checks and credit cards. Please make checks payable to Bergin University of Canine Studies. Our address is 5860 Labath Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, or you can call us at (707) 545-DOGS (3647) to donate via credit card.

Wish List

Our supporters often ask if we have a “Wish List” of things that the University needs. Thanks for asking--the answer is yes! Listed below are some items that we are always in need of. If you have an item to donate that is not on the list, please contact us to see if it’s something we can use.

Sponsorships top of page

It costs approximately $25,000 to raise, train and partner a service dog with a client. This cost includes the two-week client-training course, which teaches the client the necessary techniques required to best utilize their new canine partner. Your donation of a $25,000 team sponsorship would cover the entire cost of training and pairing one service dog with its new lifelong companion.

          Costs per dog:  
  Training time $7,800
  Treats $450
  Field trips $300
  Training equipment $400
Boarding (18-24 months)  
  Dog food $950
  Kennel: utilities, insurance and supplies $2,000
  Staff care $1,920
Dog Costs (18-24 months)  
  Veterinarian care $3,500
  Immunizations, flea/tick, heartworm, probiotics $700
  Breeder dog acquisition (per pup average cost) $300
  Health care for mother pre- and post-birth (per pup) $200
  Whelping costs (per pup) $130
  Grooming supplies $300
Client Costs  
  Boot camp two-week intensive training $1,300
  Follow-up process of 8-10 years, client certification $4,500
  Equipment to client $250
Total $25,000


Planned Giving top of page

Responding to the requests of our dedicated Board of Trustees and donors, Bergin University of Canine Studies has established a means by which we may receive bequests left by donors who name our endowed fund in their wills to help advance the human-canine partnership through research and education.

The Legacy Foundation of Bergin University invites you to join us as we continue to break new ground in “Helping Dogs Help People,” as the only university offering masters, bachelors and associate degrees in dog studies. Your gift will help us to continue and further our exciting research into canine cognition, and human/canine partnerships. Through this research we find new and innovative methods to provide a loving helpmate to those with disabilities.

Please click here for more information regarding Planned Giving.

Honor a Special Dog or Person top of page

Your donation in memory of a dog or person is an opportunity to recognize your or a friend’s dog or a dear human friend or family member. Please provide the details of your memorial gift on this Honor a Special Dog or Person form.

Workplace Contributions top of page

Workplace and corporate matching gifts that involve your employer have an added bonus of more people learning about us. Bergin University is eligible to receive your directed donations via the United Way; and for federal employees, via the Combined Federal Campaign. For the Combined Federal Campaign, please use #11646 for contributions to our University.

Corporate Matching Gifts top of page

Many employers will match the charitable donations of their employees. This is a great opportunity to double your contribution to Bergin University! Please contact your Human Resources department for any necessary forms and we will happily send in the required documentation.

Donate Your Vehicle top of page

Vehicle Donation ProgramWe can now accept your unwanted cars, boats and even airplanes! By simply clicking on the car logo you are well on your way to both getting the extra garage space you’ve been wishing for, and to providing a generous donation to our organization. Once you fill out the simple form, a representative from the V-DAC program will call you to set up an appointment to tow your car, at no cost to you! For your convenience, this program is available nationwide and your car is usually picked up within one week after the paperwork is filed.

All donations are tax-deductible Thank you!