SERVICE DOG PROJECT INC

Rating: 5 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Human Services

Location: 37 Boxford Rd % Carlene White Ipswich MA 01938 USA

Mission: To increase the number of service dogs available to people who are mobility-impaired. Training Great Danes and donating them to people with balance and mobility limitations. Preference being given to Veterans and their families.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SDP is a wonderful organization that makes an enormous difference in the lives of people living with mobility and balance disabilities. Although the primary goal is to help those with mobility issues, the live broadcasting of the puppies' progress and training has made a large difference in the lives of many more people. The care and training of the dogs and puppies prior to their placement is handled through donations of time and money. Recipients are not charged for the dog. Through the wisdom of its founder, Carlene White, the success rate of partnering service dogs with their recipient is above average.

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I started out watching the BPs (big puppies) on the hill when Explore.org came online in August 2012. I feel as if Carlene has invited us into her home with all the cameras and we have come to know all the volunteers and Carlene herself. I had the privilege to go to the farm in October 2013 and found it full of love for both the dogs and the people. Every penny raised goes to the breeding and training of great danes into phenomenal service dogs. I have personally watched litters grow from birth to being placed with persons with mobility problems which truly make a difference in their lives. It just gives you chills. God bless Carlene and each and every single one of the volunteers. I wish I lived closer to spend more time at the farm volunteering. PLEASE DONATE TO THIS WORTHY CAUSE. EVERY SINGLE PENNY HELPS.

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Move it closer to Texas where I could spend more time with the dogs. LOL There is absolutely nothing I would change.

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There are quite a few service dog organizations out there. They all are doing great work. Service Dog Project is different in a few ways. First they are completely non profit, running entirely on donations and almost all volunteer efforts. They place their dogs at no charge. They breed and train their own Great Danes and have 7 generations of dogs in their program. They breed a large, sturdy dog that is more suited for people who have balance and mobility issues. Returning veterans with brain injuries often need a larger dog to help be the rock beside them. Great Danes are well suited for this and it is very rare to find Dane service dogs. They train all their dogs themselves, no volunteer puppy raisers. Dogs do go home with volunteers for occasional overnights as part of training. There are about 50 dogs on site at any given time. They take back retired dogs, dogs who lose their service partner, and they care for dogs temporarily whose partner is sick. They have placed about 100 dogs in their 10 year history, and have made a commitment to increase their graduates from about 10 a year to 30 a year. Right now there are 16 puppies at the house and another dozen on site that will graduate in the next year. This is a huge endeavor and the volunteers and donors have really stepped up to fund this effort and contribute in other ways. Right now you can watch 3, 24/7 puppy cams on explore.org It has been fantastic, educational and inspiring to watch a litter of 8 born live on the cam. The cams will follow this litter from birth to graduation, which is about a one year process. SDP invites people to come visit (and work) on Sundays. It's pot luck and a great way for people to interact, meet the dogs, volunteers, and clients, become part of the SDP family, and learn more about the program. SDP is a working farm and also rescues donkeys and horses from kill pens. Every month they have a fundraiser just to pay the food bill. This is a truly worthy program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This wonderful non profit organization, SDP, is run by Carlene White and a staff of 40 volunteers. Carlene raises, trains and donates these service dogs. The Service Dog Project is a registered 501c3 and is fully accredited by Assistance Dogs International. Located in Ipswich, Massachusetts on a 12 acre property with heated kennels, fields and a large arena, these areas provide the necessary space to raise the dogs from birth to graduation and even back for retirement if needed. There are live cams set up by explore.org to watch 6 week old pups and 6 month old pups. Live cam of the smaller pups, http://explore.org/#!/live-cams/player/great-dane-service-puppies-indoor-puppy-room To visit and learn about this group, http://www.servicedogproject.org/

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A wonderful & unique organization that provides Great Danes as service dogs for a better quality of life for the mobility impaired. They have a very caring staff & volunteers that take care of over 45 Great Danes on the property.

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Life-changing

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1 people found this review helpful

This is a great organization with people who have big hearts, for people and the Great Danes they raise and train for those with mobility and balance issues. They have placed 45 dogs with people who have needs. They are the only ones I know who place a dog with someone who has MS. They help veterans also.

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Service Dog Project goes above and beyond any non profit I have ever seen. They have opened their home and their hearts completely for one purpose to provide mobility assistance dogs to those in need. This requires 24/7 diligent care and training not only for the dog but the new owners as well. They also take back retired dogs and babysit placed dogs if their owner is in the hospital or unable for any reason to care for their dog temporarily. The love they have for these animals and all the hard work they do definitely should make them a top rated non profit. Who else would have over twenty great danes in their house to help those in need ? Explor.org has allowed us into this project via 24/7 live cams and it has been amazing to watch from one traumatic birth and rescue to hernia surgeries and the constant cleaning of the puppy pens. As it costs about 14 thousand to raise and train each service dog and the dogs are placed free to the owner they need all the recognition they can as they exist on donations and volunteers and fund raisers.

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There are no adequate words of praise for the work of those at Service Dog Project, those who benefit from the work--not only the "end" product of their wrok (i.e., the donated service danes for those in need of a stability/mobility service animal--but also those who benefit from merely being exposed and invovled whether directly or remotely with SDP and everyone in Ipswich and those (like me) who benefit be being allowed into the daily lives of every being at SDP. Did I mention they DONATE the sservice Dane once the Dane is trained to the needs of the specific human in need?? This is an amazing nonprofit that deserves tremendous credit for all that they do! I feel like there in not enough I can do to help...but I try and encourage others to do so as well.

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This is a home-grown organization that provides so much love, caring and compassion to their wonderful dogs AND their beneficiaries...... that bond doesn't end with the paring of dog+person, it continues for life. I am constantly amazed at their dedication to all aspects of the service they provide. We all know about service dogs for the blind, but there are so many other afflictions that benefit from a service dog, and I wish they got more attention or were better recognized for their contribution to people who need the help. Wonderful people, AMAZING dedication, and fantastically bred Great Danes. (Note: This organization is in Ipswich, MA - there is a typo in the city name listed here)

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The Service Dog Project helps people who have stability problems by pairing them with a Great Dane. The dogs improve the quality of life for their owners. Right now there are over 45 owners with more to come, who are able to move about with greater independence. I've been watching their 24/7 video of the new puppies (they are now 5 1/2 weeks old). It is amazing how many people these puppies have touched and inspired. And the dedication of the volunteers is something I haven't seen before. They are there 24/7 as well -cooking, cleaning and caring for the puppies and the adult dogs. SDP is able to raise these puppies from birth, train them, pair them with a new owner, and even takes them back, if necessary, when they retire. It is such a joy to me knowing that my donations makes such a difference not just to the dogs but to their future owners.

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