FIDOS FOR FREEDOM INC

Rating: 4.96 stars   54 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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Life-changing

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2012

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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

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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.

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Life-changing

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2012

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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!

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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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

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Life-changing

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2012

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