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October 24, 2012
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October 24, 2012
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I have been affiliated with ECAD since the beginning of the program. I am a Mental Health Professional who has worked with Emotionally Traumatized youth for over 30 years. These young children and adolescents help in training the dogs to become service dogs for physically and mentally handicapped individuals, offering them greater independence and self worth. In turn, our youth, who have suffered unspeakable traumas, begin the healing process through the dogs that love them and teach them about caring for all living things. It is a remarkable program that has changed hundreds of childrens lives that I have worked with. I have another story to tell however, as not to long ago I became sick with a debilitating disease and had one of the ECAD dogs. I now understand, on a very personal level, what a gift a service dog is, providing companionship when you're alone when the rest of the world keeps going on, offering the dignity of independence, and freely giving the sense of self worth. The staff, volunteers and founders of ECAD are all a remarkable group of people, and they do this work because they care. I am honored to be affiliated with them. Kathy Forte

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

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 24, 2012
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October 24, 2012
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We recently received Allen, our handsome, smart and well mannered therapy dog. He is a pleasure and a joy to work with and has done wonders in raising the spirits of not only our patients but our staff as well.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 24, 2012

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October 24, 2012

Its a great program....and i will always will be there for them.....

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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?

2012

October 23, 2012

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October 23, 2012

I received Honey last November. Because of her I have considerably improved my life. I was fast becoming more and more trapped in my own house. I have almost completely turned my life around enjoying my family and leading an almost normal life. She is also responsible for just about eliminated my night terrors. There are no words that I can express that can explain here what she has done for me.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 23, 2012

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October 23, 2012

I got gigi from ECAD in the winter of 2010. Me and gigi have sure had a journey so far. The journey started the year I got gigi. That spring of 2010 Me and gigi won a scholarship to attend the ADA conference in Denver. It was really cool to see other people with disabilities with there service dogs. We really enjoyed ourselves there that week. I have very bad rheumtoid arthritis and depression, so getting gigi has helped alot when the days are tough to get around. The big challenge was yet to come! In 2011, I was layed off from job in march in 2011, so having gigi helped me with that transistion of not working. Then last fall my world turn upside down. I got very sick at end of october. I thought, I had a touch of the flu. Boy! Was I wrong, The day before Halloween, it SNOWED! I was very sick! I had to call the ambulence, I couldn't walk! The medics came, and I took my gigi with me! There was no way I was going to leave her behind. I was admitted into the hospital and I was hospitalized for two months! Gigi got to stay with me there at the hospital for the first week! Because the snow and ice was so bad upstate! But, a wonderful volunteer from ECAD, helped out and took care of gigi for me well I was in the hospital. It was really hard to have her gone though! I ached so bad for her. But, I knew she was safe, loved, and not that far. My bond for gigi is know even stronger! I want her to grow into an older doggie! She helps me everyday. When I am feeling down, and she knows when I am upset she knows. The people at ECAD are great people! Lu and dale spend so much time with the service dogs, they want you to really have the best service dog for you. Until you are confronted with a life of disabled person, you really don't know until your there, it doesn't mean that your life is over! It just changes and you as that person has to adapt to your new reality. Me and gigi are a team. From Richard J. Cortez & Gigi.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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1 previous review
September 15, 2011

As a retired police officer suffering with PTSD ECAD has given me my life back. Housebound and not wanting any contact with the outside world I starting reading articles on service dogs that helped wi... more

October 23, 2012

ECAD is a life changing organization. With ECAD and my service dog Brady I have my life back.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 15, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

As a retired police officer suffering with PTSD ECAD has given me my life back. Housebound and not wanting any contact with the outside world I starting reading articles on service dogs that helped with my disability. When I arrived at ECAD for the first time I was overwhelmed by the warmth of the staff and volunteers.
Now that I have my Dog Brady I am finally able to get on the road to a better life. Lu, Phil and Barbara thank you for all you do, your amazing people.

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That I was a client

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

Never lose the feel of what it has now.

October 23, 2012

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September 6, 2010

My name is Donna Burke and I was born with Muscular Dystrophy. I am confined to a wheelchair since the age of 4 (I am 44 now). In Dec 2004 I was accepted into ECAD'S "Boot Camp" to receive a Service ... more

October 23, 2012

My name is Donna and I was born with Muscular Dystrophy. I am in a wheelchair and went to ECAD in 2004 to receive a service dog. I have "Haley" since Dec 2004. She is a wonderful Golden Retriever who has changed my life in so many ways. She picks up things I drop, helps open doors, and much more.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 6, 2010
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My name is Donna Burke and I was born with Muscular Dystrophy. I am confined to a wheelchair since the age of 4 (I am 44 now). In Dec 2004 I was accepted into ECAD'S "Boot Camp" to receive a Service dog. I attended classes for 2 weeks and learned all the commands that the dogs already knew. I was placed with "Haley" who at the time was almost 3 yrs old. We had a fast bond which is very important for a service dog team. We worked very well together and I got to go home with her after passing all our tests. Haley has been a blessing to me in many ways. She helps pick up items I drop, open the fridge, turn on/off lights, and open doors. She also gave me the motivation to lose about 100 lbs to be able to take care of her in the way she deserves. ECAD is a wonderful program that is helping so many people being independant! Donna Burke

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About every six months

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2010

September 13, 2012
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September 13, 2012
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I have been a volunteer and an employee (currently both) at ECAD since Nov. 2005. I can say without a doubt that by working with this organization, much of my self-confidence has been restored. Learning to train service dogs has strengthened my social work and people skills. I am now working with younger children again through ECAD. I studied education in undergraduate school, so working with children again is wonderful. And I love being able to help train these dogs. To date, I have been a home handler for 63 service-dogs-in-training. I am a very lucky person!!!

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 5, 2011

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October 5, 2011

What can i say about ECAD?? Nutmeg, our therapy dog at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood Florida, works daily with our young patients in rehab helping them learn to walk again, learn to balance and to regain muscle strength. Of course, for Nutmeg, this means being pet, brushed and playing fetch or "tug". She is an ever-present joy throughout the hospital; bringing smiles to everyone she meets - children, families and staff. We can't thank ECAD enough for training us and training Nutmeg for our facility. We love them all!
Kari

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

Nutmeg, our therapy dog who was educated by ECAD, works daily with our pediatric patients. I am lucky enough to be one of her handlers and get to see the impact she has on our patients.

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

not a thing!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

referral from sister hospital

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 4, 2011

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October 4, 2011

I'm a registered nurse and manager in a very busy hospital. The thought of adding another task to my laundry list of duties I perform daily becomes chilling. However, volunteering one hour a day to round on my patients with "Lily" our hospital's Service/Therapy dog is the most rewarding part of my day! "Lily" always brings smiles to the patients, their families and the staff. She assists with motivating, stress reduction and bringing the "Healing environment" to our facility.

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

Promoting animal assisted therapies such as stress reduction, animal assisted occupational and physical therapy. Increasing motivation in patients their families as well as my staff.

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

Open another ECAD facility in South Florida.

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