Canines for Service
August 21, 2008
DOGGONE GREAT TIME
When I discovered my new hometown had a parade every year, I couldn't wait! Off we went that fateful morning six years ago to our $10 grandstand seats. We cheered each group on with hoops and hollers that left me nearly voiceless. Then came a group of folks with physical disabilities, in wheelchairs, on crutches, whatever worked. Everyone had a dog. They were the staff, clients and volunteers of Carolina Canines for Service. One little dog wearing a flowered straw hat, sunglasses, and carrying a basket of flowers in her mouth stood out. As she neared our seats, she spit out the basket, as if she were saying, 'Phtooey! I'm not carrying that anymore,' and gave us a good laugh.
The door to our new life here was opened by that little dog. As recently retired newcomers , we hoped to find some hobbies or volunteer work to keep us active. We contacted Carolina Canines and are long-term volunteers and donors with them. We've helped set up the new office as clerical volunteers. My husband did the "Vet" run, supplying veterinary offices with Carolina Canine brochures. Long ago, I attempted to organize the schedules of PAWS for Reading volunteers and took Delta AAT training so as to be able to fill-in in case of absences. There were many more tasks, some small and some unimaginable in size and scope.
Although it began because a little dog spit out her basket of flowers at our first Azalea Festival parade, our admiration for the work that this group does and its dedication to its goals have kept us involved as volunteers and supporters since we made North Carolina our home.
- Nancy G. Barkalow, Wilmington
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the fantastic services if provides for its clients and the community.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
run it in the same manner. I have no negative remarks about the way this organization conducts its business.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
being involved with animals that I love and seeing their incredible progress through the steps required to become successful service animals.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
understanding, compassionate, knowledgeable, kind, considerate, realistic, unrelenting in accomplishing a task, and completely dedicated.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
It could provide service animals to all people with a need and provide training for personal pets to act as AAT dogs and provide PAWS for Reading pet partners for every school in New Hanover Co., NC
Ways to make it better...
my own physical disabilities would have permitted me to be even more active in the process of foster parenting and training young dogs for their extraordinary roles.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
constantly searching for funding and finding qualified staff and animals.
One thing I'd also say is that...
If Carolina Canines for Service had a constant, reliable source of funding they would pinch every penny to provide the most and best services for every client and prospective client on their very long list of hopefuls.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & as above.