This program does not only train great danes, they also breed them for the program. There breeding program is horribly unethical and they have produced numerous deaf puppies. They do absolutely no health testing and cross danes together that they admit they know will produce impaired dogs only to get one or two puppies that may be good for training. While their training program is of quality and they provide good dogs to people in need, they have lost my support due to their unethical and poor breeding practices. They are bringing special needs dogs into this world that could easily be avoided by spending a few dollars for health testing and common knowledge in the practice of breeding danes. They have been informed of the cause of the disabled puppies over and over and over again by knowledgable breeders and rescues and their response is "if one good dog comes out of the breeding that produces 4 disabled puppies in a litter of 9, it's more than worth it."
SDP is a wonderful organization that makes an enormous difference in the lives of people living with mobility and balance disabilities. Although the primary goal is to help those with mobility issues, the live broadcasting of the puppies' progress and training has made a large difference in the lives of many more people. The care and training of the dogs and puppies prior to their placement is handled through donations of time and money. Recipients are not charged for the dog. Through the wisdom of its founder, Carlene White, the success rate of partnering service dogs with their recipient is above average.
I started out watching the BPs (big puppies) on the hill when Explore.org came online in August 2012. I feel as if Carlene has invited us into her home with all the cameras and we have come to know all the volunteers and Carlene herself. I had the privilege to go to the farm in October 2013 and found it full of love for both the dogs and the people. Every penny raised goes to the breeding and training of great danes into phenomenal service dogs. I have personally watched litters grow from birth to being placed with persons with mobility problems which truly make a difference in their lives. It just gives you chills. God bless Carlene and each and every single one of the volunteers. I wish I lived closer to spend more time at the farm volunteering. PLEASE DONATE TO THIS WORTHY CAUSE. EVERY SINGLE PENNY HELPS.
There are quite a few service dog organizations out there. They all are doing great work. Service Dog Project is different in a few ways. First they are completely non profit, running entirely on donations and almost all volunteer efforts. They place their dogs at no charge. They breed and train their own Great Danes and have 7 generations of dogs in their program. They breed a large, sturdy dog that is more suited for people who have balance and mobility issues. Returning veterans with brain injuries often need a larger dog to help be the rock beside them. Great Danes are well suited for this and it is very rare to find Dane service dogs. They train all their dogs themselves, no volunteer puppy raisers. Dogs do go home with volunteers for occasional overnights as part of training. There are about 50 dogs on site at any given time. They take back retired dogs, dogs who lose their service partner, and they care for dogs temporarily whose partner is sick. They have placed about 100 dogs in their 10 year history, and have made a commitment to increase their graduates from about 10 a year to 30 a year. Right now there are 16 puppies at the house and another dozen on site that will graduate in the next year. This is a huge endeavor and the volunteers and donors have really stepped up to fund this effort and contribute in other ways. Right now you can watch 3, 24/7 puppy cams on explore.org It has been fantastic, educational and inspiring to watch a litter of 8 born live on the cam. The cams will follow this litter from birth to graduation, which is about a one year process. SDP invites people to come visit (and work) on Sundays. It's pot luck and a great way for people to interact, meet the dogs, volunteers, and clients, become part of the SDP family, and learn more about the program. SDP is a working farm and also rescues donkeys and horses from kill pens. Every month they have a fundraiser just to pay the food bill. This is a truly worthy program.
Service Dog Project goes above and beyond any non profit I have ever seen. They have opened their home and their hearts completely for one purpose to provide mobility assistance dogs to those in need. This requires 24/7 diligent care and training not only for the dog but the new owners as well. They also take back retired dogs and babysit placed dogs if their owner is in the hospital or unable for any reason to care for their dog temporarily. The love they have for these animals and all the hard work they do definitely should make them a top rated non profit. Who else would have over twenty great danes in their house to help those in need ? Explor.org has allowed us into this project via 24/7 live cams and it has been amazing to watch from one traumatic birth and rescue to hernia surgeries and the constant cleaning of the puppy pens. As it costs about 14 thousand to raise and train each service dog and the dogs are placed free to the owner they need all the recognition they can as they exist on donations and volunteers and fund raisers.
There are no adequate words of praise for the work of those at Service Dog Project, those who benefit from the work--not only the "end" product of their wrok (i.e., the donated service danes for those in need of a stability/mobility service animal--but also those who benefit from merely being exposed and invovled whether directly or remotely with SDP and everyone in Ipswich and those (like me) who benefit be being allowed into the daily lives of every being at SDP. Did I mention they DONATE the sservice Dane once the Dane is trained to the needs of the specific human in need?? This is an amazing nonprofit that deserves tremendous credit for all that they do! I feel like there in not enough I can do to help...but I try and encourage others to do so as well.
The Service Dog Project helps people who have stability problems by pairing them with a Great Dane. The dogs improve the quality of life for their owners. Right now there are over 45 owners with more to come, who are able to move about with greater independence. I've been watching their 24/7 video of the new puppies (they are now 5 1/2 weeks old). It is amazing how many people these puppies have touched and inspired. And the dedication of the volunteers is something I haven't seen before. They are there 24/7 as well -cooking, cleaning and caring for the puppies and the adult dogs. SDP is able to raise these puppies from birth, train them, pair them with a new owner, and even takes them back, if necessary, when they retire. It is such a joy to me knowing that my donations makes such a difference not just to the dogs but to their future owners.
The love, care and professionalism that these individuals show towards the danes cannot be described in mere words. They give of their time and their lives to provide training so that those who are physically impaired can lean on a special friend when they need to. It is remarkable what a dane can mean to someone who has balance problems - a new life and independence, whether they are a child or an adult.
The Service Dog Project (SDP) provides a better quaility of life for the mobility impaired. SDP has donated over 45 Great Danes as service dogs to individuals who have severe balance and mobility limitations. These dogs provide a valuable service and have enhanced the quality of life for their owners.
Service dogs have been placed with children, war veterans, Mutiple Sclerosis, Friedreich's Ataxia and more. While each dog received extensive training for balance, once a dog is paired with an applicant, the dog is uniquely trained to suit their needs.
The Service Dog Project is a registered 501c3 and is fully accredited by Assistance Dogs International. Located in Ipswich, Massachusetts on a 12 acre property with heated kennels, fields and a large arena, these areas provide the necessary space to raise the dogs from birth to graduation and even back for retirement if needed.
SDP is has grown to include over 40 volunteers and at anytime will be the home of 25 (or more) dogs in training. It is funded solely by the generosity of our expansive community and corporate support. http://www.servicedogproject.org/
This organization and the incredible woman, Carlene White, who heads it breeds, trains and DONATES these wonderful animals to those who need them with priority to veterans. Around forty volunteers help out at different times and the feedback from them paints this whole operation as one of love, kindness and caring for both the animals and the people who they are matched with. Only part of why they are definitely on my monthly donate list.