FIDOS FOR FREEDOM INC

Rating: 4.96 stars   53 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 1200 Sandy Spring Road Laurel MD 20707 USA

Mission: To provide trained Service Dogs or Hearing Dogs to people who are physically challenged, deaf or hard-of-hearing, including on-going support services and training. 

To provide quality trained assistance dogs and continued client support and training for the duration of the working team for people with mobility and hearing impairment. To provide emotional and physical benefits through the use of well trained therapy dogs and volunteers for patients residing in health care facilities. To educate, enlighten and enrich the lives of individuals in the use of quality trained dogs in disability awareness presentations and demonstrations in schools, churches, organizations and businesses within the community. To provide a junior volunteer program, enabling hands on experience with the training of dogs and working with physically challenged individuals while earning community service hours. To provide a reading literacy program that improves the reading skills of elementary school students by encouraging them to read one-on-one with a Fidos Therapy Dog in a relaxed learning environment.
Target demographics: increase the quality of life for people
Direct beneficiaries per year: 22 clients in training plus 35 active teams in 2013. 238 health care visits in 2012.
Geographic areas served: Washington-Baltimore metropolitan community
Programs: dogs for veterans, hearing dogs, service dogs and therapy dogs.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

So about 10 yrs ago, my life fell apart! Literally; My best friend in the world, my husband, passed away from cancer. The last gift he gave me right before he died, was my sweet golden/lab puppy named Max. Max was special from the start and so many friends told me "You should make him a Therapy dog". My vet recommended I go to Fidos For Freedom in Laurel as they did Therapy work at numerous local health care facilities. I figured giving back and focusing on helping others might be the best ticket to my own recovery; so off I went. Once we started visiting the nursing homes, the children's homes, the hospitals and so many other health care places, I began to realize what an amazing organization Fidos for Freedom really is. They not only bring comfort and joy to many many people in health care and residentail facilites; they help the patients, the staff and the families! Then I also found out they train assistance animals for the mobility and hearing impaired. These specially trained dogs are raised and trained and then become the life line for our clients for many years to come. WOW! what an organization; they do therapy dog work; they do assistance dog work; they help people in so many ways all over the Baltimore Washington area. I am proud and honored to be a part of such a special organziation!!! Check them out!! they are open to the public on Wed nights from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and on Sat mornings from 10am to 11am ; you can get a really good doggie fix and see what this great organization does!!

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is an honor to come to work everyday and interact with the dogs, the handlers, and the Fidos for Freedom organization . The dogs have a very positive impact on everyone around them, and It is rewarding to observe the dogs as they mature and learn new skills. The program effects the handlers, too, as they build confidence through practice and patience. The training the handlers receive from Fidos is top-notch. Thank you for gving us the opportunity to help you help others!

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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

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I love Fidos' Therapy Dog program. I started volunteering with Fidos in 2005. just after my father died after a long illness in a nursing home. I knew firsthand how important therapy dog visits were, but I didn't know how to get started. Then I found Fidos on the web. Fidos trained me and my dog how to do the best visits. They introduced me to other therapy dog teams and we do visits in groups Fidos is well organized -- they have a huge selection of visits, from Annapolis to Baltimore; from children's hospitals to rehab centers. They do visits at night and during the day. Fidos has a long history of doing therapy visits--there are always experienced volunteers on hand to help newcomers. Going with a team means that we can visit more people and it means that I have emotional support when the visits remind me of my dad. I'm glad to be a part of a group that does such important work.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This organization provides so much help to so many people. The dedicated volunteers really make all their programs run so beautifully. Those they help and the dogs that help them are inspirations to us all.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

"Actions and words are the windows through which the heart is seen." And at Fidos for Freedom the hearts are all big and their program is wonderful. I have seen so many people and animals helped by Fidos. It is a very worthy charity.

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Definitely

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2012

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1 person found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer at Fidos For Freedom for over twelve years. I continue to be inspired by the dedication of the volunteers, whether they are raising puppies, training dogs, taking their own dogs on therapy visits to hospitals and nursing homes, or taking their dogs to help children learn to read. Everyone is doing their part to help people increase the quality of their lives with these special dogs. Every time I see one of our service dogs working with a client and helping them be more independent, it gives me chills. I am proud to be a part of this very special group of people.

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?

A lot

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

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I became a Fidos volunteer after learning about the program when my daughter joined the junior volunteer program in 2001. My daughter participated in a pilot program, becoming the first junior volunteer to be allowed to become a puppy raiser for Fidos. This introduced me to the Fidos mission of enabling people to improve their quality of life by training dogs to assist them in their normal daily activities. Fidos also has a therapy dog program where volunteers take their dogs to various venues to brighten the lives of the people they visit. I saw that this organization was dedicated to improving the lives of people in the local area through the unique abilities of the volunteers and their canine companions. Over the years, I have performed many activities in support of Fidos. I have been a puppy raiser, vacation home provider, dog trainer, therapy dog handler, and information technology specialist. One of nicest things about Fidos is that volunteers can find ways to match their unique talents with the needs of the organization. All while knowing that they are helping to improve peoples' lives through your efforts.

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

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