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Ksds, Inc.

Rating: 4 stars   21 reviews 1,717

Address:

124 W. 7th Street Washington KS 66968 USA

Mission:

To promote the independence and inclusion of people with disabilities as fully participating and contributing members of their communities and society through canine assistance.

Programs:

KSDS has three programs providing canine assistance. The Guide Program provides guide dogs to individuals who are blind or visually impaired so they may travel safely by navigating sidewalks and streets, and avoiding obstacles. The Service Program provides highly-trained canines for people with physical disabilities to help with balancing, pulling wheelchairs, opening/closing doors and retrieving dropped items. The Social Program provides dogs trained to work with a professional in the field of education, counseling, medicine, rehabilitation, retirement or other specialty agencies. The dog works with the professional by facilitating the successful completion of specific goals. Many of our social teams work in public education. Through a social dog, children can learn about caring, self-control, respect, empathy, communication, motivation, self confidence, persistence, responsibility, sequencing and literacy. Rehab hospitals, doctors, hospices, nursing homes and retirement centers use social dogs to improve the overall health of people through improved morale, diminished depression and greater self-confidence.  Staff provides one-on-one training for specialized needs and on-going support to all teams.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

I have been involved with this organization for several years and have found it to be a wonderful organization who fulfills the mission of providing assistance dogs to persons at no cost. When students train at KSDS, most of their expenses are taken care of, including meals and lodging. KSDS offers accessible housing for students who train, including cooking and laundry facilities. The only expense the student has is an application fee of $25, and transportation to KSDS if they have to drive a long distance or schedule a flight.

KSDS has placed over 515 assistance dog teams in the past 26 years. Many people who tour our facility or attend a graduation is extremely impressed with KSDS. The KSDS family extends their friendship and support to all who need it.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am so disappointed in my choice with going with KSDS for my assistance dog. My dog was high-strung and hard to manage from the get-go. I was told I needed to be more ALPHA. Um, I'm a quad. What the heck! They have a total lack of understanding of their clients. I asked for them to have my dog know to pull off covers because I can't in the middle of the night. And same with pulling them on. I had to have friends help train this when I got home because my dog didn't know it (as promised) when I got there. I have gotten no followup even though I've asked multiple times with phone calls and emails. I also got my dog and got my vet papers only to find out my dog scored a POOR on their hip OFA. Now I have to spend money and know that my dog will have a shorted work life. I've been scammed. Learn from my experience. Don't be scammed. Send your friends and family elsewhere for a dog!!!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I received my service dog from KSDS a few years ago. I have had very few issues with my dog, and when i did have an issue, the staff at KSDS were more than helpful in finding a way to fix the issue. I am able to be more independent because of my service dog. I am grateful to EVERYONE at KSDS for all their hard work and dedication that goes into training the assistance dogs that are placed. Since being placed with my dog, I know of only 1 match that didn't workout, this was because of the persons support system at home didn't want the individual to have a successor dog. The failure had absolutely nothing to do with ANYONE with KSDS. I don't understand why there are such hateful reviews, if people knew the whole story their minds would change.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer puppy raiser for KSDS for 13 years and love seeing how much the dogs mean to the graduates and how they help them gain independence. The dogs are specifically trained to help with specific needs of the person they are teamed with and the bond that it creates goes beyond measure. The trainers are very professional and so dedicated, they will go above and beyond to help a team succeed so that they might become independent and live a full life of their own. The trainers also regularly attend ADI (Assistance Dogs International) conferences and further training to stay up with any new training techniques so that they can be the best at what they do. The whole school is like one big family, many graduates will tell you how much KSDS has become a part of their family. KSDS is the only ADI Accredited School in Kansas.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My friend has a dog from this school. It's a shame because they raised money to get to travel to KSDS and their dog isn't even capable of doing basic skills, let alone being able to do advanced skills like they need. They love the dog, but love doesn't turn on and off lights or open or close doors or retrieve dropped items. My friend has contacted the school for additional followup and support and has consistently been told it's her fault. WRONG, that's not how you treat people.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

I have witnessed several dogs that have graduated from this school being aggressive. One even attacked my dog and bloodied it's ear and I had to take it to the emergency veterinarian. The dogs are too much for their clients to handle and they don't do a good job of matching dogs with people. I feel bad for anyone who gets a dog from them.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a previous donor to this organization, I became suspicious in the last few years with all the changes and none that have been positive. I did some research on the current training staff and found that the senior trainer has in fact been convicted for steeling money in her prior job at a bank right there in Washington. I can't believe that they are allowing her to collect donations and etc. What type of place is this.
Every time they make one of their changes, they explain how there will be new guidelines such as the breeding and training programs. I have taken the time to look back at past newsletters and such and they are not changing anything but staff members and leadership.
The new duplexes were supposed to allow for larger classes, however I have not seen a class larger than five since the addition. You never see more that one or two guide students in class. Why do they even place guide dogs?
The new breeding guidelines are not new, but have been in place for years...established by Karen Acre Price herself. The puppies in training are kept in their puppy homes until the age of two or older so that the latest placements are being made when the dog is between 3-4 years of age. How is that fair for a person with a disability to receive a dog that old when they only work 8 -10 years?
How is it fair for dogs to spend over a year in the kennels in training? The poor puppy raisers waiting and waiting for the dog they spent time loving and training to finally be placed.

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

Hire qualified people who believe in the mission and get some real leadership in this program. A CEO that is a retired extension agent for home economics is not a good choice.

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This organization is anything but transparent...just try asking to see any of their financial information or board meeting minutes. There are no term limits on this board and the won't invite new members on. The board members secretly meet and make decisions in groups of 2-3 and then sway the rest of the board members to agree. Previous employees were treated like dirt after dedicating and developing the programs for over 10 years. These employees were discarded but their ideas were kept and later implemented being passed off as the "new guidelines".
Any signs of leadership from employees is frown upon and seen as a struggle for power and attempt at taking over. These board members have a warped sense of "helping people", they are all about themselves.

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

Rebuild the entire board of directors.

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

Badly

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've called KSDS, Inc. family for 14 years. They are a strong people oriented organization. As a puppy raiser my efforts are rewarded with a high percentage of puppies accepted into the program with Service, Guide and Social dogs being developed. Extra care is taken to match the person with the Assistance Dog. When I've had a puppy not make the program the staff strive above and beyond to place the puppy that family that best matches.

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

Full circle puppy raising

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

Move them closer to my home.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

When I began looking for an organization to assist as a volunteer, I researched several other organizations, but none as impressive as Ksds. What impressed me most was their success rate and their true commitment to helping people with disabilitiies become happier, more independent individuals. At Ksds, everyone is family, and everyone is valued as individuals. They haveamazing follow up procedures with each individual whos life they have touched.

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

Several ways, yearly seminars, graduation ceremonies, daily contact with other volunteers and staff, speaking to graduates whos lives they have changed

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

not!!

 
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