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Causes: Animal Services, Animals, Autism, Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Disabilities, Health, Human Services

Mission: North Star Foundation was formed to help children who have developmental differences such as autism, or who must face challenges such as the loss of a parent, through the use of a specially bred and trained Assistance Dog. Our mission is to help children reach their social, emotional, and educational goals through the use of Animal-Assisted Therapy. We work with the children's existing therapists to help them incorporate their North Star dog into a child's therapeutic program. We travel to childrens' schools to present a program to their peers that promotes tolerance and understanding, as we believe there is no better way to teach tolerance than through the avenue of an Assistance Dog that is trained to help. We also work with children's families, teaching them how to use their North Star Dog to help smooth transitions and soothe anxiety for everybody on the homefront.

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1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Matthew B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has autism, and Patty brought a beautiful soul into our lives in the form of a NorthStar golden retriever. In just a few days the puppy has had a positive effect on our son, and we are very excited to see what the coming years will bring for them together. We haven't started the training yet, but are excited to get going so our boy can reap the full benefit from his furry partner. Thank you NorthStar and Patty!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i was looking for information on training a puppy to help my son who has high functioning asperger's syndrome. the North Star Foundation has been more than helpful to me. they returned my email almost immediately and had a large amount of helpful information and resources. i would recommend them to anyone looking for help in finding or training a therapy dog.