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April 13, 2012

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April 13, 2011

About 7 years ago, I first heard about North Star. As a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with kids on the autism spectrum and someone who has worked with various service dog organizati... more

April 13, 2012

The North Star Foundation, lead by Patty Gross, is the one of the oldest service dog organizations for children with autism and other disabilities. Patty has worked very hard to establish an outstanding line of golden retrievers to perform this work and has established herself as an authority in the use of service dogs for children and their families.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 13, 2011

About 7 years ago, I first heard about North Star. As a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with kids on the autism spectrum and someone who has worked with various service dog organizations as a puppy raiser, it was a perfect fit and I was able to raise a puppy for a child with autism! I was very, very impressed with all North Star does for the families it works with.

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The family I raised the puppy for! The puppy changed all of their lives in many ways. The dog helped the mother and siblings as well as the child with autism by providing them all with unconditional love and acceptance. He (the dog) helped the child with autism become more verbal and more social.

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give North Star more resources to be able to shorten the waiting list.

April 19, 2011

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April 19, 2011

As a professional trainer and canine behavior specialit, I have worked with NorthStar Foundation for a number of years. The staff at NorthStar are dedicated to training dogs and placing them into homes with children with autism. This is a wonderful cause. I have seen children utter their first words because of contact with their service dogs. I have seen children reach out to others in ways they never have before because of the presence of these wonderful dogs.

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The positive impact their canine placements have in families with children with autism is enormous. These dogs not only support the affected child, but bring a level of connection with all family members, bringing the family closer together with a common bond - their beloved pet.

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

Find ways to increase the number of placements that can be made.

April 17, 2011

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April 17, 2011

I am an animal behavior consultant involved in a partnership with North Star Foundation and a Veterans Administration program in Washington state to train and place emotional assistance dogs with veterans who have PTSD, traumatic brain injuries or other mental or emotional wounds. North Star Foundation raises and provides training for the outstanding canines involved in this project, who then arrive in the Seattle area for more advanced public access training with me. The North Star dogs are exceptional for this type of team work because of their sensitive and reliable nature. North Star is an enthusiastic and valued member of this effort to support veteran reintegration into their community.

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The quality of the North Star Foundation dogs is what makes this program such a success. I have witnessed how a partnership with a North Star dog can transform a veteran's life and make it possible for him to overcome anxieties, deal with night terrors and find the courage to face his fears.

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I highly recommend North Star Foundation for families or individuals who seek emotional support or organizations that want to make a difference in someone's life.

April 17, 2011

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April 17, 2011

I have been working with North Star since 2005. In the 6 years I have been working with them, I have trained several dogs in my home, assisted trained dogs in the transition to their placement families, helped prepare for the Canine Good Citizen testing, as well as preparing the dogs and families for working with the public. North Star completes every placement with the family in mind. Every dog is specifically trained and tailored with the placement families needs.

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

seeing the difference a North Star dog makes in the day-to-day life of the families. The assistance of a North Star dog helps children better cope with change, difficulties, and struggles.

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

have increased funding and volunteers to be able to serve more families in need.

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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?

North Star breeds, trains, and places autism/emotional/social support Service Dogs with children.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 14, 2011

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April 14, 2011

I am Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at the Yale Child Study Center. I met Patty and The North Star Foundation through a colleague. I adopted a dog from Patty, to train as a therapy dog for my patients. There is a lot of medical literature on the benefits of a therapy dog. When it comes to therapy dogs North Star is the best. North Star Foundation’s work is incredibly important. I recommended North Star Foundation without any reservations.

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

my practice and my home

Ways to make it better...

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

Ask north start to consider therapy dogs not just for Autism but depression also

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

Quite well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

What is unique about this organization?

Very people friendly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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