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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Services, Animal Training, Animals, Crime & Law, Human Services, Inmate Support

Mission: Canine support teams (cst) is a california based non-profit organization that provides specially trained dogs to people with disabilities other than blindness.

Programs: An average of 30 new service dogs are placed with the physically handicapped clients each year. The training of dogs occurs on an ongoing basis with an average of 30 dogs in process at any given time, including 20 in cooperation with a women's prison. Approximately 350 dogs are in service with clients at this time. These dogs are recertified on an annual basis.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The work they do is wonderful! They manage to provide wonderful, fully trained, service dogs to Veterans at no charge. Many other organizations that claim they serve Veterans, help the veteran to train their own dog, often with disastrous results. The staff at CST are kind and caring and made us feel like family. They work wonders with so very little, a great organization and I hope they are around for many years to come.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

Review from Guidestar

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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!!!

Review from Guidestar

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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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5

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar