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North Star Foundation
June 28, 2012

I have had the privilege of being a North Star volunteer puppy raiser for almost five years. During that time I've raised/ co-raised nine puppies.
I have been able to see first hand the amazing benefits that these puppies bring to their children and their families. Receiving a puppy from North Star provides the whole family an opportunity to work together, with North Star 's help, to make a better life for their child.

North Star believes in placing the assistance dog with the child as early as possible so that the child and puppy can form an early bond. Patty does everything possible to ensure a successful placement before, during and after the pup is placed with the family.

North Star brings people together in so many ways. Each puppy influences so many people.

North Star provides puppy raisers with the training and support necessary for a positive volunteer experience. North Star volunteers are very dedicated and work well together providing back up for each other, exhanging ideas and sometimes sharing the puppy raising.

During the past five years my mom had to go to a nursing home. I've been able to take my own North Star Therapy dog, Lola, and many of the puppies to visit. These visits provide the pups with early socialization in public and at the same time provide the nursing home residents, staff and families the pleasure of spending some time with a puppy. Lola is my constant companion and the most wonderful Therapy Dog ever!!

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

watching the puppy and child for a bond.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope that they would have the recources to make more placements.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

attract more volunteers who are willing and able to fund raise!!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've learned to be a better trainer and I have become more social. I am also more aware of the hardships that famies with children with challenges must endure.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Happy!

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Puppy Raising and Training, Therapy Dog Visits.

North Star Foundation
April 15, 2011

I have had the privilege of being a North Star volunteer puppy raiser for almost four years. During that time I've raised/ co-raised eight puppies.

Two of these dogs are working as Therapy Dogs doing nursing home visits and school visits. The other six have been placed with children with developmental disabilities.

North Star believes in placing the assistance dog with the child as early as possible so that the child and puppy can form an early bond. Whenever possible, the puppy raiser and the family work together to ensure that the puppy has the best upbringing to suit that particular child.

I've met wonderful families (in person and via email) and become more aware of the challenges they and their children face. I've been able to see first hand the positive effects a North Star dog has on the child and family right from the start.

North Star brings people together in so many ways. Each puppy influences so many people.

North Star provides puppy raisers with the training and support necessary for a positive volunteer experience. North Star volunteers are very dedicated and work well together providing back up for each other, exhanging ideas and sometimes sharing the puppy raising.

During the past four years my mom had to leave her home and go to live in a nursing home. I've been able to take the puppies to visit her. These visits provide the pups with early socialization in public and at the same time provide the nursing home residents, staff and families the pleasure of spending some time with a puppy. Bringing a puppy along makes everything better!!

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

Seeing first hand how a North Star dog helps a child to communicate more easily, to develop empathy, become more social and less anxious, become more independent.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the number of placements. To do this North Star will need more funding and more volunteers.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Raised/co-raised eight North Star puppies for children with deve.