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PAWS OF AUSTIN
November 13, 2013

Paws of Austin changed my life. It started with a courtesy listing of a 4 year old male Great Dane with the most beautiful amber eyes. His foster chose us to be his forever home and he is my very best friend, my angel, and my partner as a pet therapy team that visits hospitals, schools, nursing homes, etc.
It continued when we decided 2 years later to adopt another and met 6 different Danes. None of them felt right and I never felt any pressure to adopt, just support to continue trying. We waited another 6 months and it turned out #7 was the one. We adopted a beautiful 4 month old puppy who is now a source of much laughter and love (and torment to our older Dane - but he loves her too).
They are always a source of knowledge, support, and encouragement. They take on the hard cases of abuse and neglect. They also help place Danes for families that just cant keep them anymore (even if we disagree with their reasons for giving them up).
I know that my next dog will be a Great Dane. And I know that Prima and Courtney will help me find the perfect one for our family.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Client Served

Austin Dog Alliance
November 13, 2013

Although I am also a volunteer, I started as a client at Austin Dog Alliance and continue in that realm four years later so I wanted to speak to that portion of this non-profit. I originally came to ADA to take training classes with my newly rescued dog. I had taken a couple of classes elsewhere that I enjoyed & was nervous to start somewhere new where I didnt know anyone & wasnt sure about the trainers. I found right away that the trainers at ADA are knowledgeable and take a vested interest in helping you learn whichever area of training you are there for.
The classes are well organized, safe, and use only positive training methods.
The variety of training available is just wonderful. I just finished my 9th class with one dog and 4th class with another - that's 13 classes in four years! I've taken everything from basic Dog Manners 1 to Rally Obedience, Tricks, Pet Therapy, Reactive Dog Rehab and K9 Nosework. All with different instructors. To say I have confidence in their trainers is an understatement. Their goal is to help you and your dog become a team, a happy well adjusted member of your family, a focused competitor... whatever your wish, they will help. And I can also count on them to tell me honestly if my wish just isnt going to fit with this particular dog.
I am also a volunteer as a pet therapy team with one of my dogs. 4 years of volunteering at hospitals, schools, nursing homes, addiction recovery, alzheimers care, childrens homes, Bow Wow Reading, and Autism Social Enrichment classes have been extremely rewarding. I have met wonderful people that I now call friends. My dog is loved and welcomed at many facilities. It will be a sad day when I have to retire him.
ADA is known for their niche in Autism but they are SO much more.
If you love dogs. If you love volunteering. If you enjoy spending time with kids. If you are looking for dog training in just about every avenue (have you seen that agility field?! They even offer Lure Coursing now!) If you would like to foster or adopt a rescue dog. If you want to make a difference in the community.... ADA is the place to go.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Client Served