Local Spotlight
DOGS for better LIVES
Providing Assistance Dogs Since 1977
In 2017, the organization changed its name to Dogs for Better Lives to better reflect its mission of rescuing, breeding, and professionally training Assistance Dogs in three core areas: Hearing, Autism, and Program. Now they are excited to announce another big change; the arrival of their new CEO, Bryan Williams, from the Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) in Florida.

Bryan Williams will be the organization’s fourth CEO since 1977. He brings a diverse background, including an MBA from the University of Florida and extensive familiarity with the funding side of the nonprofit industry. His expertise, along with the record-breaking results he has achieved both programmatically and financially, will enable him to make a considerable impact at Dogs for Better Lives.

Expanding their services has allowed Dogs for Better Lives to help even more people and dogs. The organization professionally trains, rescues, and breeds dogs to enhance people’s lives, and there is a great demand for their services. The name change expanded their service base and allowed them to better utilize the dogs they train. The opportunities provided by the name change, along with the organization's mission and footprint, is what attracted Williams to the job.

Across the industry, it is well-documented that Assistance Dogs make an incredible impact in people's lives. Strong demand and limited supply allow the organization to focus on sustainable growth while maintaining quality with limited resources. Williams recognizes that, while striving for growth, they need to continually focus on their mission and the values they set. He will focus on establishing these values with the board and staff, and he also believes in doing it the right way in an environment that is fun.

Bryan Williams, his wife, three children, and rescue dog all relocated to Southern Oregon from Florida. It took the family a lot of soul-searching prior to committing to this move. However, once the decision was made, they went forward full-force. Their decision was validated along the way, as everything fell into place for them. Southern Oregon has much to offer that the Williams hadn’t experienced in Florida and, once they are settled, they look forward to seeing Crater Lake, hiking trails, skiing, exploring the restaurants and shops, and visiting local wineries.
Dogs for Better Lives
Address: Central Point, Oregon
Phone: (541) 826-9220
Dogs for Better Lives was established more than 40 years ago as Dogs for the Deaf.
The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County
101 E. 8th St.  |  Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 779-4847