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Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Human Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Freedom Service Dogs, Inc. (FSD) is a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from shelters and trains them to assist individuals with disabilities, thus increasing each client''s independence and peace of mind.

Programs: FSD assists people with a broad range of impairments, including children with developmental disabilities, and provides trained dogs for professional therapists in Animal-Assisted Therapy. Freedom Service Dogs' mission is to: - Rescue dogs from shelters and train them to assist people with impairments - Provide trained service, skilled companion, and social dogs to assist clients, teach the client to work with their dog, and provide lifetime support for the client-dog team. - Educate the public about the access rights and etiquette for all types of assistance dogs. The program starts with extensive temperament, health, and soundness evaluations of abandoned dogs. FSD adopts out dogs that fail the program and releases them to private homes. Volunteers attend a Handlers' Class to learn to help with dog care and training. Volunteers also help with education and office work. Clients attend the Handlers' Class plus a three-week Placement Class to learn to work with their dog. FSD provides lifetime support for the team. Since 1987, FSD has trained and placed 125 service and skilled companion dog teams.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Freedom Service Dogs, Inc. provides and excellent service to needy people throughout the country. They adopt unwanted dogs from the pounds and train and care for them until they match up with a client that truly needs them. They are well run and love these dogs and the clients they work with, making not just one life better but two. I have volunteered at FSDs for more than two years and absolutely love what they do and try to share everything I can about the organization to everyone I come in contact with.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Freedom Service Dogs is an amazing organization that I have been lucky to work with as a volunteer for almost two years now. Whether you want to help dogs or people, this group does both at once! They accomplish this by rescuing dogs from shelters and after spending the time to train them for service work, pair them with veterans and others in need of physical or emotional assistance. I donate to the group financially, but also foster the amazing dogs in my home on the weekend. I have had many amazing dogs in my time with FSD, each of them unique and impressive. Many people ask me how I am able to handle losing them as they graduate, and it is of course not easy, but as they take a piece of my heart, my heart grows by that same amount because of their love. I know they are moving on to be with someone that truly needs their help and skills. The level of training the dogs receive is amazing and they truly have changed my life and also those they go on to partner with forever. If anyone out there is contemplating making a donation of their time or money to this organization, I can assure you that both are a wise decision and you are joining a community of volunteers committed to helping dogs in need reach their full potential to help their human partners do the same. The staff at FSD are such nice and warm people, always going out of their way to make sure volunteers are enjoying their experience. I could go on forever, but I will just say that I am blessed to have found this group and welcome others to join as well.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an organization that saves two lives by choosing to custom-train dogs who have been abandoned or rescued to help people living with disabilities. From children with autism to veterans with PTSD to adults with MS, they are the one charity that helps everyone. I'm so grateful for the work they do to help people regain their independence.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazingly, a frightened shelter dog is transformed into a confident service animal. These dogs seem to understand the importance of their journey. Training and pairing up a dog requires a special talent. The staff and volunteers are in sync for the genuine love/care of their dogs and clients. These dogs bring peace, trust and joy while casting out fear. What an incredible organization.

“I prayed for a miracle and you appeared."

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am both a volunteer (dog handler) and donor as I believe whole heartedly in the double mission
of Freedom Service Dogs: rescuing dogs from shelters and training them to assist humans with
disabilities . By helping both, it often turns out we help an entire family! I came to FSD having
enjoyed obedience competition with my own dogs but now disabled by a a prosthetic foot so that became difficult. I first thought I should help veterans with missing limbs but am not
happy with this situation for myself so thought I would not be good at it. Then I read about
FSD and what they do for dogs and people so realized that is exactly how I want to contribute!
They let me train from a wheelchair so rambunctious beginning dogs do not knock me over and
those further in their training learn to be handled by someone using a chair. This shows the
thoroughness and flexibility of FSD's training methods and sensitivity to human needs. Unable
to have a dog where I live, my time at FSD gives me the love of a weekly "doggie fix".

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From a friend I learned about Freedom Service Dogs of America. I checked the website and learned how the program provides service dogs free of charge to people with physical disabilities, PTSD, and therapy dogs. I read the stories about dogs that were placed and I was hooked! I filled out an application to volunteer.

At the same time I looked at the dogs up for adoption because once in the program dogs are kept until a forever home is found. I completed the form, my husband and I adopted one of those dogs, and he has become an important part of our lives. We are thankful every day that we found him.

Each week I volunteer at the facility. I love being there to walk and play with the dogs. The caregivers
and staff are dedicated to providing the best for their dogs. I feel the positive atmosphere every time I come. They also answer questions I may have about my adopted dog. Since he was part of the program he is still considered one of their dogs and they want the best for him too.

Check the website or come visit the facility and I am sure you will be hooked and have the same happy, positive feelings I have about Freedom Service Dogs of America!

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Freedom Service Dogs ("FSD") is a wonderful organization that helps dogs and people with all kind of disability (autism, PTSD, physical disability, etc...) and makes the community a better place. FSD rescues dogs, trains them specifically for its clients and if the dogs don't "make the cut", FSD finds them a forever home. Come visit the FSD Facility and hear more about it - I promise you it will melt your heart.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned of a local organization that rescues shelter dogs to be trained as service dogs, and I was hooked! I started volunteering at Freedom Service Dogs; and quickly learned what an incredible organization this is. A small staff performs with such precision. The caretakers, trainers, office staff, and fellow volunteers, have such love for the dogs. A trained dog is matched with the needs of an individual client; whether a returning vet with PTSD, or children and adults with disabilities. The motto of FSD is "free a hero to save a hero." FSD is a true hero to the dogs in their care, and the clients they serve.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every cent of the money FSD receives goes directly to the dogs and their clients. You can see the heart in every staff member directly in the care of the dogs. They save lives every day both human and animal and I can't say enough how wonderful they are. I will support FSD for the rest of my life due to their mission and the way they follow through in all that they do.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no worthier a cause than helping our vets who come home with not only physical injuries but psychological issues as well. FSD rescues dogs to free people. Where else can you volunteer your services and come out each time with a smile on your face? Dedication from the top down in this organization is unmatched.

Review from Guidestar