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April 8, 2014

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April 8, 2014

I became aware of ECAD through the Explore.org live cams. It was just before Gucci gave birth to the Cheez-Its and I've been a fan and follower ever since! I have found this organization to be one that cares as much about the breeding and care of these magnificent dogs as they do to the future forever humans they match them with. The Picards, Lu and Dale, are truly dedicated to ECAD's mission and it shows by all the people's lives they have touched and made better, who would otherwise have become a statistic. My only disappointment is that I do not live close enough to be an ECAD volunteer.

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2014

June 5, 2013

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October 26, 2012

I volunteer with one of ECAD's dogs and visit patients, families and assist in many physical therapy groups in the hospital that I work for. The difference these dogs make in peoples lives is immeasur... more

June 5, 2013

ECAD is a wonderful, thoughtful organization that works tirelessly at training and providing service dogs to so many, particularly our returning soldiers that depend on these wonderful creatures to give them the freedom to return to live as it was or as close as it ever can be again. This service is invaluable to our veterans and the people that love 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?

2013

October 26, 2012
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I volunteer with one of ECAD's dogs and visit patients, families and assist in many physical therapy groups in the hospital that I work for. The difference these dogs make in peoples lives is immeasurable. You cannot appreciate the value fully until you witness it first hand. Stroke patients are motivated to rehab, children with special needs open up as they never have before and provide an avenue for the therapist and parents to reach them. They bring a smile to every face the visit and for some patients that have been hospitalized for an extended period of time, it is an escape for just a short time and renews their hope and motivation to get better and go home to their pets. Thank you ECAD for all that you do.

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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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

February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

An employee of yours, Rachel Southworth, noticed some of my Facebook posting regarding the need for a certified hearing dog. She reached out to me, and has spent considerable amount of time finding information and resources to help me in my quest, though ECAD does not train service dogs. Her education on the subject, including the importance of finding an organization that is approved by the service dogs accreditation program, has been instrumental. Rachel has been a fine example of everything ECAD represents, and though I am not an actual client, I am proud to have learned about what you do.

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Due to the information ECAD has been willing to provide, I am now almost approved for a hearing dog through a program they suggested. I appreciate the time they've given me, especially Rachel Southworth, because it shows how they truly give to help ALL people.

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

Not change a thing!

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

ECAD is a wonderful program for not just the local community that is involved, but for the families whose life are changed. I am writing as a witness to this wonderful change in a family very close to me. ECAD has a very special way of working with their clients not only through the training program but also for the years to follow! They provide peace of mind and really set the families up for success!

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I witnessed an amazing growth in a family who now can live "normally" thanks to the help of their assistance dog.

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February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

I first heard of ECAD from a friend who desired to have a companion dog for her autistic sons. As we were able to take part by assisting with the funds needed for the training and then partnering of the perfect dog for her sons, it became evident that all the staff were kind, professional and very supportive of the entire process. It was a match made in heaven and it has enabled this entire family to venture out into the general population with much more security and confidence and saftey with the assistance of their companion dog. Things that were not a reality if it had not been for the great team at ECAD.

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In directly through partnership with friend.

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Great organization

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

i have a family member who has a companion dog. The union has helped him tremendously. The change I have seen in his emotional stability, attitude and happpiness has been so positive. ECAD does great work, which I am grateful for.

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My close family member has been helped.

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I am not involved with them to make a recommendation. I have only experienced the positive change in a family member.

February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

I am a co-producer of several projects dealing with the special needs of individuals who have experienced trauma (see truerep.net). Several of the veterans in our films have service dogs. I have also done theatre/film projects working the people who support children who have fallen through the safety net of the foster care system. I have worked with people with emotional illnesses including autism. I am completely astounded by how ECAD heals the people who train their dogs (from kids with emotional challenges to teens at risk) and then send those dogs off to support individuals with all different kinds of disabilities, while the kids/young adults involved in training the dogs move forward with their lives, knowing they have given to the world as they, themselves, were healed .

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

my realization of how they have changed the lives of people I have gotten to know through my projects. In fact, there is such an amazing vibe at ECAD that I feel inspired and happy after every visit!

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

make sure they had all the money they need to do the important service they perform.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

I am a co-producer of several projects dealing with the special needs of individuals who have experienced trauma (see truerep.net). Several of the veterans in our films have service dogs. I have also done theatre/film projects working the people who support children who have fallen through the safety net of the foster care system. I have worked with people with emotional illnesses including autism. I am completely astounded by how ECAD heals the people who train their dogs (from kids with emotional challenges to teens at risk) and then send those dogs off to support individuals with all different kinds of disabilities, while the kids/young adults involved in training the dogs move forward with their lives, knowing they have given to the world as they, themselves, were healed .

The Great!

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

my realization of how they have changed the lives of people I have gotten to know through my projects. In fact, there is such an amazing vibe at ECAD that I feel inspired and happy after every visit!

Ways to make it better...

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

make sure they had all the money they need to do the important service they perform.

January 8, 2011
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January 8, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

ECAD trains superb assistance dogs for disabled individuals as they benefit and transform the children training the dogs. I have had the privilege to attend classes and graduations, as well as knowing some of the great people served by these wonderful dogs. ECAD is a kind of MatchMakers for the Gods...they just take all the healing potential to the highest place...every dog/human pair, whether in training or in life/placement, are taken to a new level of fuller and richer living.

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I have known several veterans who has literally had their "lives given back to them" by their service dogs (to quote Kim from a radio interview). I love the veterans in my film and I love their dogs...but ECAD is an organization that I knew before I even started my project about disabled female vets. And I still maintain that their training method, working with teens who have fallen through the safety net and children with learning issues is two healing systems in one.

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

I would make sure they had millions and millions of dollars--not just to do their own good work, but to share their method of training with the world.

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