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Sam Simon Foundation – Service & Hearing Dog Programs

Sam Simon is a multi-millionaire Hollywood television writer, director and producer who has contributed significantly to enduring television favorites like Taxi, Cheers, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, The George Carlin Show, The Drew Carey Show, and most notable of all The Simpsons.

The 58-year-old vegan philanthropist was recently diagnosed with stage-4 colon cancer and given a grim prognosis of three to six months. Sam responded by pledging to leave all his fortune to charity.

Animal causes are Sam’s greatest passions – he serves on PETA’s Executive Committee, and in 2011 launched his own Sam Simon Foundation.

The Sam Simon Foundation provides:


Sam Simon Foundation trains hearing dogs like this one.

Service dogs trained for veterans diagnosed with PTSD as a result of serving in the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts, as well as trained dogs for assistance with hearing loss, TBI (traumatic brain injury), and moderate physical limitations due to injury. Sam Simon Foundation service dogs are trained to perform the following:

• Cover Me: Dogs are trained to move from a “left side position” to a “front side position” in order to create a spatial boundary between the veteran and public.

• Watch my back: Dogs are taught to turn, sit and face the opposing direction from the veteran, creating a sense of security and reducing stress.

• Balance: Where balance might be affected by medication used in treatment for PTSD and/or TBI, our dogs are taught to stand still in position when they feel a moderate weight applied to their shoulder and back. A veteran with balance challenges is taught how to use their dog properly to regain balance again.

Hearing dogs specially trained to alert people who are deaf or hard of hearing to common household sounds such as door knocks, telephones, and smoke alarms.

Typically dogs trained by the Sam Simon Foundation are rescued from the Ventura County Animal Services shelter. Dogs that don’t work out as service dogs, are adopted into loving families through the Foundation.

NannyDog.info offers our public THANK YOU! to big-hearted Sam Simon who is helping people and animals have better lives together. God Bless You Sam!!!