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ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities
September 6, 2010

East Coast Assistance Dogs (ECAD) helped to provide me with the independence that I needed after being wounded and injured during the course of 17 years of military service, including two combat tours in Iraq. ECAD partnered me with Tuesday -- a highly-trained and loving golden retriever -- who helps me day and night. Over the past two years, Tuesday has enabled me to complete a graduate degree at Columbia University and continue on with my studies toward a PhD. Tuesday accompanies me everywhere: to the VA Hospital, around town and across the country. His faithful service and happy disposition is helping me to accomplish my goals and dreams. I am forever grateful to ECAD, Lu and Dale Picard and all the tremendous staff who continue to offer assistance and support -- but most of all, friendship.

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

...the way it treats its clients, volunteers, and staff. People affiliated with ECAD in every way I've seen, have been compassionate, courteous and professional. Additionally, the dogs they place are truly vetted carefully.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...its open door policy. I was partnered with my Service dog two years ago and I still visit ECAD regularly to say hello, learn new things, and meet new people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I was provided with a Service dog, trained and supported by this agency.