I am an OIF/OEF and Vietnam Era Veteran injured in Kuwait who resides in Arizona.
This non-profit would have 10 stars if it was possible. I applied on both East Coast and West Coast for service dogs. I was accepted but then was rear ended and my wheelchair was demolished and I could not train. About a year later (2011) I emailed ADASDF and asked if I had to re-apply and only had to update my medical. Soon I was on my way to Wisconsin to train with a possible dog for me who was already trained to my disabilities. Charlie and I have been together for six years and he gives me the independence to do things I would not be able to do by myself. On top of the balance, PTSD, getting me up when I fall, going up and down steps or curbs, he also medical alerts on me to take my medication which prevents agony and days spent in bed. I could list about 20 things Charlie does for me and we are a fine tuned pair.
Linda, at ADASDF & her family take a dog from birth to issue to a veteran. She is an exceptional trainer and I have trained (obedience) dogs and horses myself so I think I can judge this. She also trains the veteran to be a handler for the dog and makes them a bonded pair. The support doesn’t stop there. Anytime you need anything the ADASDF is there to help you. You are part of their family and can depend on them.
I am available for fundraisers if some of the funds go to ADASDF to provide dogs to Veterans. I can (and have) traveled with my dog locally, nationally and internationally on various transports including aircraft and cruise ships. I am an ambassador for service dogs and, especially ADASDF!
irma g USAF flight nurse (ret)
Picture is of Charlie with Sheriff Joe Arpaio & unk female
Hello my name is Eva Stockton. I am the proud grandmother of a 23 year old young lady that has Tourettes, Aspergers, and Epilepsy. For most of Ashley's life we have been afraid to leave her by herself for fear of her going into a seizure and no one there to help her. Then we heard of ADASDF. After contacting them and providing the necessary paper work we were introduced to Jonah. I feel it was love at first sight for both of them. Ashley's life has changed. She is now able to travel by air along with Jonah. Her confidence and attitude are completely changed for the better. None of this would have been possible without the help of ADASDF. Their donation of Jonah has made Ashley's life so much happier. Thank you again ADASDF.
I am an Iraq Veteran with PTSD. I received Zelda in December of 2013. Zelda is a huge part of my life and goes to work with me every day. Although I continue to struggle with PTSD, I know I could never have made it this far without her. ADASDF was wonderful to work with and without their help and support I would be in a very different place today. It would be difficult for me to put in words the debt of gratitude that I owe ADASDF. The pic is ugly Christmas sweater day at my workplace. Zelda won! Chad Leverson and Zelda
Bottom Line Up Front, i was on several waiting lists for a service dog with various providers until I found ADASDF. Within months of meeting all the requirements, ADASDF provided me with Catherine back in 2011 ,which help me change my life. From being a introvert to extrovert as the wifey now calls me a "social butterfly" Catherine has given me back my independence. Through my own fundraiser efforts, have raised about $50k over the past years for the ADASDF and help pick some of the Veterans who also received service dogs from the ADASDF. If more donations came in for the ADASDF, I'm confident more service dogs could be is provided on a annual basis and encourage all who can afford to donate, do so for this wonderful non-profit. all funds received go directly providing these servicedogs for free.
The best people we know. Wonderful organization with hearts to serve.
I can't say enough good things about ADASDF. I'm a nurse practitioner disabled since 2008 with a painful and very debilitating neuro-endocrine-immune disease for which there is no FDA approved treatment and no cure. One of the primary symptoms is debilitating fatigue. I also have another chronic disease that results in poor balance, I also limp due to an injury. Walking under my own power with a cane limited me severely. I needed wheelchairs in airports and at doctor visits. It was impossible to even go inside a store when I was having a bad day and on good ones I had to use a motorized cart.
My ADASDF service dog pulls me when walking so I now use less energy while still being able to exercise; she also is there as a stabilizer when I am unbalanced or dizzy. With MaeMae I can leave the house more often. When the time comes I have to use a wheelchair full-time, she will ready and willing to pull that, too.
Although I had put obedience titles on other dogs and trained many others, when I applied to ADASDF I knew I'd no longer had the energy to train even basic obedience, much less do the immense socialization and environmental exposure a potential service dog needs. Because I depleted my retirement savings prior to receiving Medicare, I fully expected to fund raise for a new service dog. You can imagine my surprise when told the dog and equipment would be donated! When I needed different equipment, that also was donated, as was time to answer questions--and with a prompt response.
I tell my story to everyone I can because the generosity of the ADASDF is such a standout in terms of dedication to the dogs and handlers.
Having esther in my life has changed who i am. She conforts me in public places where i use to avoid being. She lats next to me at night and ever licks me awake when she feels im havin a nightmare. I thank linda and activedogs everyday for helping me get this oppurtunity and will forever be grateful of esther
I'm so grateful for the opportunity of having Francis my service dog in my life, he came to my life when I was fresh out of an amputation, and he was my arms he pull my wheelchair everywhere, once I was strong enough he became my gait control, if he felt that I was leaning too much to my right he will move to the left to push me to walk straight, at this moment we are just enjoying our retired life and looking for some new adventures together.