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124 W. 7th Street
Washington
Kansas 66968
USA
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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.

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.
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11/29/13
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 ... more »
11/29/13
My friend raised puppies for this organization until the last one, she got back was so sick she had to take him directly to the vet. They had this dog in training for over a year and then released him because he was too easily distracted. When my friend went to pick up the dog, he was very skinny... more »
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11/26/13
The current employees are not even certified for training dogs. The Accreditation received by Assistance Dogs International only applies to the Service Dog Program, however they imply that all the programs including Social and Guide are also under this Accreditation. The Guide Program has never ... more »
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