Terrific group providing service dogs to those in need at no cost. It's easy to see how many hearts this group has touched by simply visiting them once. Their vast team of volunteers is well organized, talented and committed. They are truly a special group.
I have been working with this prganization since it's inception. My office provides veterinary care for ALL of the working Dogs and Therapy Dogs. For 20 years every person involved in the organization has been dedicted to raising and training these dogs for people w various disabilities, from complete paralysis to hearing disorders to seizures and more. The amount of time and effort that these voluteers put in is AMAZING TO ME.As a Veterinary Professional, there has never been a time when an animal either in their ownership or in their training has not been brought in as soon as any problem has been suspected. We have been able to p[ractice the highest quality of medicine without any interference from anyone involved with the group.I will give my full support ot Fidos For Freedom for as long as I practive Veterinary Medicine and after that, hopefully I will be able to donate my time to help foster and train dogs. Dr. Bob A Cohn and Dr. Kristine Covert of The North Laurel Animal Hospital
As the Pet Therapy Coordinator at Kennedy krieger Institute, it has been a pleasure working with Fidos For Freedom. Their monthly visits bring joy and comfort to children who are healing from traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, surgical procedures, and other disorders that affect chidren. The teams help the children feel safe, happy, entertained, and unconditionally loved! This is one of the programs our patients and their families have identified as one of their favorites at Kennedy Krieger Institute.
My best friend started out with Fidos with therapy dogs. She has been going for so long that some of her dogs have retired but she has kept on and trained new dogs as therapy dogs. I have seen her blossom as a person through her good deeds as a therapy dog handler. Once I went as her guest to the Fidos banquet. Not only was it impressive to hear about all the various programs and services they provide, it was amazing to be around so many well-behaved dogs at one time. There were hundreds of people there and I was one of the few without a dog!
I've been in the service dog field since the late 1970s, starting the first prison dog program in 1981. I've been personally involved with Fidos for many years, helping them find dogs and going to educational programs with them. This group is by far one of the best service dog organizatons that I have ever come to know about. They are excellent in maintaining high training standard and they give back, starting a prison dog program in Maryland. The Fidos For Freedom team make the experience personal for their clients. They care about them. It is a volunteer group that demonstrates the importance to becoming involved in helping others. I would recommend this organization 100 percent.. not just saying this but really meaning it because I know first hand the good that they have done and continue to do. Sr Pauline Quinn