Canines for Service

Rating: 5 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Education, Health, Human Services

Location: PO Box 12643 Wilmington NC 28405 USA

Mission: Canines for Service is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and enhanced quality of life and improving people's lives through the services of specially trained dogs.
Results: Canines for Service, Inc. (CFS) provides people with disabilities independence and improved quality of life through the placement of quality trained service dogs. Founded in 1996, CFS has provided over 60 service dogs since the first placement in December 1999. Today, CFS operates training programs in three communities and provides services from Virginia to Florida and east of the Mississippi River. The three phase training process takes up to three years and a fully trained service dog is valued at $40,000. The client does not pay a fee for a CFS service dog.
Target demographics: Virginia to Florida and east of the Mississippi
Direct beneficiaries per year: Number of placements dependent on availability of foster families

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I have been doing dog therapy work with Carolina Canines for about 10 years. We started in the therapy dog program with our dog Bunker. Bunker is now in doggie heaven. Currently we have 3 certified therapy dogs. Sara age 9 visits patients and families at Hospice and nursing homes. Hannah age 3 and Rebekah age 2 also visit patients and families at Hospice and nursing homes. In the past we have been involved in the elementary school reading program and other programs and events involving the therapy dog program. What a blessing it is to see family members of a person in the hospice bed be able to pet and love the dogs and talk about dogs and for a brief period, be able to get some assistance during their concern and grief.

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

Our experience in the results is how others are helped and how they respond to the love of a dog. God is Love and God spelled backwards if Dog.

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Carolina Canines is a great organization and I would not change anything.

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For the past four years , I've been a foster puppy parent, and have advanced trained the service dogs in training. It's exciting to learn how to train them, it's fun and the friendships developed with other volunteers is an added benefit . Where else can you work with a whacky puppy, share your funny and not so funny experiences with other volunteers, as we marvel at the love these dogs have to please! It's a wonderful experience watching these whacky puppies mature into thinking, loving dogs. The Fun, , feelings of accomplishment, and the love these animals give is priceless! But the best of all is when they're matched with their new partner and that forever bond is formed. They definitely are "Miracles with paws!"

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

see comments stated above.

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

More funding and more people willing to become foster families of these wonderful dogs.

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My wife and I learned about Carolina Canines for Service in 2006 when we moved into the area. We retired to the Wilmington, NC area and were looking for areas where we could volunteer our time and energy.

After much searching we decided that Carolina Canines were the group we would like to give our time and money to.

The founder is fully dedicated and works extremely hard to make sure the dogs accepted and trained meet a very high standard. After several years of training the dog is placed with a very needy individual

Carolina Canines mission is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and enhanced quality of life and to improving piople's lives through the services of a specially trained dog.

They recently added a Carolina Canines for Veterans due to the number of wounded Veterans returning from abroad.

They also, train Therapy Dogs and have a Paws for Reading Program.

This is a wonderful organization and we are proud to be a small part of it.

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

Just seeing the benefits that a well trained dog does for a disabled individual made us commit to helping.

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

I have no recommendations at this time.

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I recently trained my dog to become a therapy dog, and I also find it theraputic to me taking Biscuit [our dog] to the elementary school to do "Group" with these two sweet girls. It puts a smile on my face and in my heart knowing that I'm making a difference in their life.

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

my daily life

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

change nothing.

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6 people found this review helpful

As a recipient of a service dog from Carolina Canines for Service, I am so appreciative for the opportunity to welcome Rivka into my home. I was surprised how quickly things went after speaking to Mr. Rick Hairston the first time. He was very warm and friendly and while going through the training he was very informative. Since having Rivka, she has helped especially when I had passed out while in the bathroom. No one knew that I had passed out until she came in and then went and got my wife who was then able to take me to the hospital. Who knows how long it would have been if it had not been for Rivka. I know that she is not trained for it, but she also helps with my PTSD. She helps me calm down and makes it bearable to go out in public situations when I feel extremely anxious.

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

helping when Rivka had a puppy moment and Rick had contacted me to help a little refresher for Rivka.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The prompt response when any questions or concerns.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptionately helpful and very friendly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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7 people found this review helpful

We have been supporters of Carolina Canines for Veterans since January 2008. At that time, our foster puppy, Eve, became part of the Carolina Canines for Veterans program. It is a win for the dogs, a win for the prisoners at the Brig at Camp LeJeune and a enormous win for the Wounded Warriors that receive this extraordinarily well trained mobility service dogs. Supporting this organization can only be a win for everyone.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Scratch the surface in providing mobility service dogs for all the disabled people in the US that could use their help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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15 people found this review helpful

My family - me, my sons Eli (13) and Noah (10) and our dogs Jackson and Nobelle are all involved with Carolina Canines as pet therapy teams. This summer (2009) we have been working at the local library to help children improve and practice their reading skills. It has been very rewarding to be a part of Carolina Canines, to see the progress of the readers each week, and to volunteer together with my children and dogs. We had one mother tell us that her son (a delayed reader) practices during the week so that he can "do a good job for Jackson"!

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

seeing the progress and improvement of the children who read to us every week.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with our dog to help others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fabulous!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

move to a larger facility, train more service dogs to be placed with those in need, and offer more pet therapy team programs in the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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18 people found this review helpful

Though I volunteer in other areas outside of my job, my LOVE is working with Carolina Canines!!! The other volunteers and Staff are wonderful, caring people. I always look forward to meeting them, seeing how their dogs are progressing, and sharing the funny antics of these lovable furry friends. It's exciting and awesome to see a foster puppy progress to become a service dog - to be a partner, companion and friend. When someone asks how could you give up this dog after training? My thought: How could you Not?? You're giving someone a special gift - the gift of life made easier; the gift of a partner that's always there for you - a best friend! It's also a sense of fulfillment for me - to know that I'm helping make this dog a service dog!!! WOW! It's also a lot of FUN, tears, laughs and love.

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

the placement of a service dog with their new partner.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

A supportive staff. The other volunteers and working with the dogs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

It's great working with others that truly want the same goal.

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Caroline

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2008-1-01

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18 people found this review helpful

It is obvious to anyone how much passion Rick, Pat, and Amie have for animals and helping others in need. This is portrayed through their devotion of time and love into the organization. I recently became a foster parent to a service dog in training and they welcomed me with open arms which immediately made me feel like a part of their “family”. I am so proud to be a part of this organization and look forward to being able to contribute my time with training my puppy so one day he can enrich the life of another individual.

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

several service dogs that are currently in training as well as the ones that have been placed.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

absolutely wonderful! Everyone is so friendly and we all share the same passion for animals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of so many people in need!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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14 people found this review helpful

I am a nurse at Hospice, where we have AAT dogs from Carolina Canines come to visit almost every day. I cannot describe how much this helps us with our overall mission to provide a peaceful, comfortable safe place for our patients at the end of their lives. Your dogs add the extra touch we look forward to everyday. So much so that my husband and I both went through the AAT class with our dog, knowing what great teams Carolina Canines puts out. We are so blessed to have them in our community to bring people and dogs together who would never have touched each others lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and compassionate, lots of fun

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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