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September 27, 2011
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September 27, 2011
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I have had a service dog from ECAD for the past 5 years now and I don't know how I could live alone without him. I am a disabled police officer with a very rare disease similar to MS and has me confined in a wheelchair. Lu & Dale went all out to match me up with the perfect dog. He knows where I am all the time and won't let me out of his sight no matter who is around. he helps me with my daily tasks without even giving him a command. I can't thank them enough.

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

I have the best service dog in the world.

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

Find a way to help them raise more funds so as they can expand to help more people in my situation.

September 26, 2011

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September 26, 2011

This company is a major role to our society, ECAD is able to help and support many people with all types of disabilities. The animals they train are able to physically and emotions help their owners get through their different life situations. I have been to a CT facility and gotten to personal meet some of their dogs at different levels of their training. I have seen this company's employees and see them work with their animals and am proud to know that an organization like this is around.

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

time spent at the facility

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

keep it the same

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

September 19, 2011

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September 19, 2011

ECAD has done so much more than just help me with my independence, but also changed me as a person. I have gained confidence as an individual beyond a level never thought imaginable. There is a reason why I returned to ECAD once my first service dog that I received from them retired. If there are any people in the entire world that deserve undying recondition, it is Lu and the rest of the staff at ECAD.

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

positive ways I never imagined.

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

leave it as it is.

September 16, 2011
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September 16, 2011
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after my return from my deployment in Afghanistan, 2004 and 2005 are hazy and cloudy. suffering from ptsd and lower extremity problems, i isolated myself from family and friends. staying home or going to my local va medical center for doc appointments. in the fall of 2006 i made the discuss it was going to by my the last year i held a full time job because of my disabilities. during my army retirement process, my army wounded warrior case manage suggest ecads for a service dog. after my interview, i received the welcome letter and packet in the mail accepting me into their program. i that, boot camp, i am too old to start now. lu and her staff creates a warm, patient, and welcoming environment. during my two weeks of training, lu and her staff made me smile and laugh. with encouraging words and hugs, i know i would graduate. i am very luck to have lizzy, my service dog in my life. this past memorial day was the first parade in 7 yrs i attended and all because of ecads and lizzy. thank you for not giving up on me and having the belief in me to succeed.

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

believing and trusting people again because of the caring people at ecads.

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

encourage other veterans to support ecads monetarily and through volunteering.

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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?

through my aw2, army wounded warrior, case manager

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

trust and believing in myself.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 14, 2011
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September 14, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I have volunteered for ECAD for 15 years and have worked with the kids, clients and dogs. They way they all meld together and give a more positive life to all three is amazing and probably surpasses any other program i have seen. it is a win,win,win situation. Everybody learns from the experience.

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

By being a volunteer four days a week for 15 years.

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

Service more clients so they may lead a more independent life.

September 14, 2011
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September 14, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

In May of 2008 I was in a horrific car accident resulting in being paralyzed from the chest down. Prior to my accident I was very independent in life and also was very active in my community. I served as the towns volunteer Fire Chief for four years. After my accident I became very depressed not being able to do the things I once did freely. I had heard about service dogs in rehab but didn’t understand fully what they would do for me. Two years after coming home from the hospital I received a call from ECAD advising me that my application for a service dog was approved. Since being paired with my dog Mack, my life has changed dramatically. I am once again out and about and still involved with the fire company as much as possible. Mack accompanies me to college and is of great assistance. I cannot imagine my day without Mack as he is a great boost for my confidence in many day to day tasks. I cannot thank ECAD enough for the wonderful job they do with these dogs and the great job they do in the matching process!!

The Great!

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

Gaining independence throught the process of gaining a service dog and true companion.

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

Put together a better public educational campaign to make people relise what they actually do for people with disabilities.

September 14, 2011
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September 14, 2011
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My name is Shannon Benton, and I received my Service Dog Trainer/Instructor certification from ECAD through their Train the Trainer program, in August of 2010. Since then, the people of ECAD have been absolutely wonderful helping me to start my service dog training business, including providing advise, donating stud service, and giving me pointers and tips on starting puppy training. Thank you!

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

ECAD provided me with a very intensive submersion in service dog training, client review and instruction, public access and law, and non-profit organization during my 6 week certification class. I learned a lot then, and since, the people (and dogs!) of ECAD have helped me lay the groundwork for my own service dog training business.

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

Communication, communication. Everything changes so fast according to need that instructions change from task to task, but it's not always well communicated. =)

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

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

This organization is unique in that it participates in so many aspects of the Service Dog industry. In addition to providing service dogs to those in need, ECAD's programs provide at-risk youth with valuable skills and confidence through teaching them to train, build the industry through teaching and certifying trainers, provide therapy dog services to a variety of people, and work with government to affect law regarding service dogs in public as well as policy regarding service dogs for veterans in need. I'm pretty sure they do it all!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 13, 2011
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September 13, 2011
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My children received service dogs five years ago. Their lives have changed dramatically since Tootsie and Rebel joined our family.

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

ECAD helped increase my kids' independence.

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ECAD is great just the way it is.

February 28, 2011
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February 28, 2011
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My family has been volunteering at ECAD for 5 years. We are home handlers and take service dogs home on weekends to reinforce what they are taught in school. We have seen firsthand how this program has impacted the lives of many. For one, these service dogs better the lives of the clients they eventually serve. Whether the service dogs goes to an individual with a physical or emotional handicap, the dog is taught and trained to meet the needs of each specific individual. Besides helping their clients with day-to-day tasks they provide unconditional love and emotional support.

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through volunteering, meeting clients ,working with dogs

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February 24, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

ECAD is an amazing organization!! Its mission is critical in helping the disabled through the training and placement of service/facility/companion dogs. As a wheelchair bound person, I recognize the expertise, devotion and compassion that goes into ECAD's work. Their unique service of fostering independence greatly empowers the disabled. These dogs become an extension of the person thereby enabling them in many ways. In addition to providing assistance in retrieving objects, opening doors, turning on/off lights, etc; the dogs perform a safety function as well by getting help/a phone in an emergency. However, a service dog's work is not all physical, emotional support is also provided. It is very difficult to be depressed with a dog around! I consider myself very fortunate to have discovered ECAD and its dogs!!

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As a client/participant in the program.

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This is a great organization.

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