Doggone Safe

Rating: 4.79 stars   68 reviews

Issues: Animals, Disaster Aid

Location: 7 Rose Hill Rd Suffern NY 10901 USA

Mission: Dog bite prevention through education and dog bite victim support.
Results: Our members have educated over 500,000 children using the Be a Tree seminar program for school children. We have distributed over 1,000,000 postcards and bookmarks that teach children how to be safe around dogs.
Target demographics: Children and families who own dogs or encounter other people's dogs.
Geographic areas served: All
Programs: Be a Tree dog bite prevention program for school children

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars   Featured Review

I have provided citezens in our community with canine councilling for over 25 years. Part of our educational plan for our shelter is to reduce the number of owner released animals coming through our doors. Help clients and animals through the adjustment periods of a new relationship. Provide knowledge to help dispell fear, asin our experience as animal control or the city, shows that the majority of dog bites which happen in our community are the result of poor education of the public and fear induced responses by the dogs. Doggone Safes Be A Tree Program incorporates all of the tools needed to make real changes in public perception and we have seen a signifigant decrease in dog bites toward young children since we have been using the Be A Tree programs in local schools. Be A Tree is the absolute best there is to evoke change. - Robert Metzler, President, Gloucester SPCA

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

We are trainers that held an event with a local brownie and gril scouts that taught them to be safe around unknown dogs and how to be a tree , we used all the info from the doggone safe site the kids enjoyed it we also had our Aussie there as a demo dog. Had lots of great questions from the kids. We don't chagre for these events if it helps keep the kids safe from being bitten its a good day. Thank you doggone safe for all the great info to use.
Marsha T
K9 Paws Behavior Dog Training

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a "Be A Tree" presenter for Doggone Safe dog bite prevention program. This was my first presentation and it was AWESOME!! I loved the way the kids reacted to the program. They were engaged and excited and it was very interactive. From the answers on the questionaires, they really liked it!! It felt good to present this as I truly feel that the children came away with a good understanding on how to be safe around dogs and also the different between an "snarly stiff dog" and a "happy wiggly dog".

I am very excited to continue to share this information. Thank you Doggone Safe for putting together such an amazing and informativ tool to help us get the word out on dog safety and bite prevention.

Kathy Wolff, Be A Tree Presenter
Beginning Manners Trainer
Western Waukesha County Dog Training Club
www.wwcdtc.org

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I'm with a beagle rescue and include information from Doggone Safe with all of the packages that I share with new foster and adopting families and encourage families to visit their website.

I am passionate about dog bite prevention. It not only saves children the trauma of being bitten but ultimately saves the lives of the dogs too. As far as I can see it dog bite prevention education is a win-win situation. Personally I would like to see dog bite prevention added to the cirriculum of all elementary schools and brochures made available in emergency departments of all hospitals.

I can't say enough good things about Doggone Safe. All of their information is well written and easy to read; not too technical. Graphics are great. A fun learning experience for children. Love the colouring pages and puzzle pages. I can't think of anything that I would change. Keep up the excellent work.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Joan Orr and her partner developed and continue to grow this outstanding program. We will never know how may children over the years have avoided dog attacks due to lessons so easily taught and learned from their work. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I evaluated dog bitten children over my three decades in practice. Some unfortunate dog bite victims are affected for a long time. Some younger victims suffer secretly and silently from PTSD. Prevention, always worth more than a pound of cure, characterizes Doggone Safe's goal. In the past year they created a board game, Doggone Crazy, that presents a fun way for children, by competitive repetition, to learn dog safety. They continue to promote and distribute classroom presentations, my wife and I did them, that engage children by teaching them to "Be a Tree". The treatment of children following a dog attack is often inadequate from emergency departments to physician's offices. That is another reason that Doggone Safe's lessons on prevention will remain important for years to come.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Doggone Safe is great! There are resources to help teach kids how to interact with kids. They teach kids how to be safe around dogs so they don't get bitten. And they provide resources to teach all of this i schools and clubs too.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I recently signed up to receive a Be A Tree Kit and become a presenter. I am extremely impressed with the kit! I have done several presentations to kids in schools but I am so excited to do this particular presentation. It is simple, easy to understand and I love the big cards, games and activities suggested. Really great!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

Education is the key and this organization is the first I found that was so open and upfront with their information. Excellent advice, tips, and knowledge for people who might come in contact with an aggressive dog. However, I feel a large factor is missing. Education, knowledge, and responsibility for dog owner's is the main key for dog bite prevention. Where are the pamphlets of information for dog owners and what they can do to prevent their dog from attacking or biting. If the owner's were aware of their dog's body language, responsible with their training and handling, the education for others would not be as crucial as it is.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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We do have a whole section of our website dedicated to information for dog owners. http://doggonesafe.com/Dog_Owner_Bite_Prevention

Rating: 5 stars  

We have incorporated the resources from the Be A Tree Kit into our Bright Puppy lessons at Sit Happens! Companion Dog Training in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Our students are loving it! Thank you Doggone Safe!

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as above

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

They're awesome as is!

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a physician, specializing in Post-Traumatic Stress disorder, who was additionally nearly mauled to death by a German Shepard nearly 35 years ago. I happened upon Doggone safe and the support group several years ago, and have remained an active member ever since that time. The organization has not only benefited me, but I have observed over the years of participation the help and healing that it has brought to others who have survived dog attacks. The educational aspects of Doggone Safe additionally provides the members and general public a multitude of ways to keep themselves and children as well as their animals safe from further dog attacks, which for humans, require 5 million ER and operations per year and up to 30 deaths annually, per CDC report (2008).

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

As above. I have benefited by helping others with their own problems with their traumas as a result of dog attacks, and learned a great deal in doing so about my own childhood mauling.

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

Keep it going, and going....

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