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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: ADASDF’s mission is to bring help and support to the disabled community through the use of helper dogs. ADASDF will breed, train and grant those helper service dogs to the disabled community. ADASDF will be a bridge of kindness between peoples and show compassion in action. ACTIVE DOGS ACADEMY SERVICE DOG FOUNDATION INC. A WISCONSIN NON PROFIT 501C CORPORATION - ENTITY ID# A060548 Message from the founder- I have been asked why I would want to take on a task of this commitment. To simply put it I feel this is the purpose I was born for. Being born with a genetic disability I early on in life came to an understanding of animals and realized the value they can give to a person. I have an appreciation for the animals that have been created and serve to help us. My primary focus in ADASDF is to bring the use of helper dogs to those who could use a little help in life. To help those in the disabled community live fuller and more independent lives. Helper dogs/service dogs can not only give us physical help in daily tasks but can bring so much more to a person’s life. These helper dogs can enrich our lives and they so often serve us with unconditional love.

Results: 13 Dogs put into the hands of people who's lives are forever changed

Target demographics: Wounded Veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2

Geographic areas served: Weyerhaeuser, WI

Programs: We provide Service Dogs to disabled Veterans at no cost.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

5 Kelly194

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

5 Lydia O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The best people we know. Wonderful organization with hearts to serve.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.