Canine Support Teams, Inc.

Rating: 4.43 stars   7 reviews 479

Issues: Animals, Crime & Law

Location: PO Box 891767 Temecula CA 92589 USA

Mission: Canine Support Teams, Inc. (CST), was founded in 1990 to help individuals with disabilities achieve greater independence with the help of a highly trained assistance dog. CST continues to train and provide, at no cost to the individual, assistance dogs that can retrieve, turn lights on and off, pull a manual wheelchair, open an close doors, aid in dressing, offer stability when walking, brace to help support and numerous other skills. CST has its own breeding program, but also accepts donations of suitable puppies to the program. CST is a mainly volunteer program with a broad volunteer base of dedicated individuals from every walk of life. CST places dogs in California but will place dogs out of state if possible. It is CST''s mission to help person''s with disabilities gain independence through the provision of a dog that is trained especially for that individual.
Programs: Canine Support Teams, Inc. provides assistance dogs to persons applying to its program as well as an outside certification program for client owned and trained dogs. This certification program is very rigorous but if completed offers the partnered team organizational support and certification.In addition we operate 3 Prison Pup Programs where inmates train service dogs. One of these programs works with Youth's at risk and trains rescue dogs for re-homing.
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EIN 33-0434821
http://www.caninesupportteams.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I discovered Canine Support Teams quite by accident as I helped my son complete his community service requirement for High School graduation. While Christmas shopping at our local mall in 2011, we came upon their "Giving Tree" and discovered they needed volunteers to staff the booth through the holiday season. My son & I each took on some hours. He completed his graduation requirements and I STAYED ON! I was incredibly impressed with the mission of CST and the incredible, positive impact they made on the lives of their clients. But MORE than that, I fell in love with the AMAZING TEAM of people who made it all happen, lead by Founder Carol Roquemore. Carol combines passion & leadership with the unique perspective of being an expert, experienced trainer, as well as a disabled handler of many service dogs. She truly sees the BIG picture from BOTH sides of the table! Their innovative incorporation of inmate trainers from the Women's Correctional Facility has not only allowed them to train MORE dogs more quickly and place them with clients sooner, this program provides hope and opportunity for women to make a way for themselves and their families once they are released. I am so thankful to have found CST as a vehicle for my volunteer service - it's the perfect marriage of serving others and working with dogs. I look forward to participating with this wonderful organization for the NEXT 25 years! God bless CST!

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CST is one of the most special, genuine, incredible group of people I have ever worked with. Their vision and selflessness is a daily core value that shines through everything they do. They have set the bar high for any other service dog organization and give endlessly to ensure that each and every client has an amazing experience. From their office management, to their dog trainers and admin, they are through and through a brilliant example of what "giving" is all about. I am beyond proud of the work I have been able to provide to CST and hope to continue to work with such an impressive team that helps brighten the lives of so many. Thank you CST!!

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2 people found this review helpful

Canine Support Teams has been one of the best agencies I have ever served. Words simply cannot express the privilege I feel getting to be a part of changing someone's life by providing them with a service dog. Seeing our clients live with enhanced mobility and independence gives me such a special satisfaction.

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2 people found this review helpful

I have a hard time even giving this organization a one star. They fraudulent use grant money funds for vacations and boob jobs. They also receive grant money for taking shelter dogs and training them for service dogs and never to that either. They get donations from clubs and the money is to be earmarked for veterans only and then they have the gall to also charge the veterans. If you decide to give to this organization, why don't you just give it to a homeless person - it will be better used!!!

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2 people found this review helpful

This is an organization worth supporting. They can help so may people with different types of disabilities and provide a loving home and environment for the dogs. It's a win, win for everybody.

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Life-changing

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2013

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3 people found this review helpful

I continue to be amazed at the selflessness of the people in this organization. They put others needs before their own, often working long hours in all weather to prepare the dogs for their new companions. Helping the people who need the dogs, get acquainted, and learn commands, also all the wonderful things that their new helpmate can do for them.

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Give them more money so that they can help more people in need.

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5 people found this review helpful

I have personally witnessed the outstanding work that CST has provided for our community. A friend of mine is a puppy raiser, and volunteers with this organization. Another friend that was in need of a service dog, I was impressed with the way the organization helps in everyway to see that people in need of a service dog is able to receive one. I was also very impressed to see of their program “Pawz for Wounded Veterans” that provides service dogs free of charge to those who have been wounded in the service of our country and who are now seeking the enhanced mobility, independence, unconditional love, and companionship an assistance dog offers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

One of my friend’s is a wheel chair, she had a dog for a long time it was not a trainded service dog but it did help pull her up hills and was a great companion. When her companion died she was heart broken, after a while someone sugested that she get a service dog for more strctured help along with companionship, and that’s when she went thru the process of getting Vertue her new black lab service dog.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am so impressed with the way they run their organization, very efficiant and utilize their resorces to there fullest potential that I really can’t think of anything I would change.

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