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Austin Dog Alliance

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: Improving lives through canine-assisted therapy.

Target demographics: veterans, children, the elderly and individuals of all ages.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 55,000

Geographic areas served: Central Texas

Programs: Hounds for Heroes service dogs for veterans, Bow Wow Therapy Dogs, Therapy Dog Visits to Hospitals and Nursing Homes, Therapeutic Social Skill groups, K9 Summer Camps. All our programs utilize the bond between dogs and humans.

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82 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Julie279

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had always wanted to have a Therapy Dog since they had been so important to my granddaughter when she was ill. She was in the hospital for 2 months and the highlight of her day was visits from the Therapy Dogs. With the Dog Alliance they provided the structure and classes for me to work with my dog Moose. They guided us through Therapy and Advance Therapy training and testing. We volunteer as much as possible and I am so proud to be associated with the Dog Alliance. They take such great care in the training, teach children how to interact and care for dogs, Bow-Wow Reading, and the Hounds For Hero's program is so amazing. This is a great organization that provides so much for all of our communities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Before you sign up to volunteer at this organization, please do your homework. If you aren't part of a dog therapy team then there is nothing of substance for you to do. There's only 4 or 5 dogs there and you never get to do anything with them. They said they were children friendly so I had my 13 year sign up as well and there is absolutely nothing for her to do. The place is beautiful and welk kept but don't be deceived by the looks- no one that I spoke to there was warm and friendly. I was really excited about volunteering there so maybe I will try back one day but for now, I think I was nothing more than $35 in their pocket. Please look around and find some place that really needs you, this place does not.

1 Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for over seven years and also served on the Board. The Dog Alliance has always stayed true to their mission and I have seen first hand the power of positive canine connections. I have trained two therapy dogs through The Dog Alliance and it is the most amazing experience. Their Hounds for Heroes program also does amazing work training dogs to become service dogs for veterans struggling with PTSD or mobility challenges. I highly recommend The Dog Alliance.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Austin Dog Alliance for three years now. They certified my therapy dog and now we are able to volunteer around the Austin area at schools and UMC Brackenridge. They are extremely supportive and appreciative of their volunteers.

In addition to the pet therapy, ADA rescues dogs and trains them to be service dogs for Veterans and First Responders with PTSD. This program has helped so many individuals.

I highly recommend Austin Dog Alliance!

1 Lynn113

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with The Dog Alliance for almost 10 years. I am currently visiting schools, events, nursing homes and a variety of other locations with my therapy dog, Gracie. Gracie is the second therapy dog I've visited with. She brings smiles wherever we go. The work we do with children helping them improve their reading skills is magical. The improvement I see in these children over the school year makes every minute we spend with them worth it. I so strongly support the work that The Dog Alliance does, that I have served on the Board of Directors for the past 3 years. Gracie and Murphy, my other dog, take a variety of training classes at The Dog Alliance. The staff of trainers on board there is second to none.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with Austin Dog Alliance since 2008. I've primarily volunteered as the human half of two pet therapy teams. It never ceases to amaze me what an impact these dogs have on everyone they meet. The training staff at ADA is awesome. There is such a wide variety of training classes offered, something for dogs of all ages and levels. I've also been involved in the Hounds for Heroes program for a little over a year. I'm now training my second potential service dog. The first dog I trained went to a veteran with PTS. It was such a heartwarming experience to see the joy he brought to his forever person. I'm really proud to be associated with such a wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I would not reccommend volunteering at Dog Alliance. The place is beautiful and people are nice for the most part, but you are lured in with the promise of being able to make a difference and there really isn't anything to do. You rarely get to interact with the actual dogs and when you do the entire set up is not organized at all. Maybe I will try again next year, but for now I feel like all the volunteers are an extra $35 per person in their pocket and nothing more. Please take the time to check out all of the possibilities for volunteer work and find some place that really needs you.

1 Tina H

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wanted a volunteer opportunity that combined dogs and military Veterans, and finding the Hounds for Heroes program at Austin Dog Alliance was just the beginning of my volunteer journey with this wonderful group now called The Dog Alliance.
The positive atmosphere of volunteers and staff interacting with dogs, clients, the public, and each other gives me a sense of belonging. I've participated in events that used my strengths and events that allowed me to stretch out of my comfort zone, and the staff and other volunteers make me feel supported and appreciated.
The Dog Alliance programs, classes, and events are all devoted to one thing...making the lives of people better with dogs. My life is better with The Dog Alliance, too.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wow! What a great staff and service for the community. I’ve had only positive interactions with staff who are enthusiastic and proud of what they do. As puppies go through the assessment and training process they are carefully screened so that only the most well-suited go on to become service dogs. While some may show early potential, not all ultimately have the discipline or temperament for placement. Those who don’t are adopted to loving, qualified homes, so it’s a win-win situation!

As a veteran ABA provider, I’ve witnessed the positive effects of service dogs paired with children on the autism spectrum, including increased engagement and decreased anxiety. This is just one of the diverse populations served by Austin Dog Alliance. This is a great group of people who may be able to help you or someone you know. Check them out!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I retired, I started looking for volunteer work that would allow me to give back to my community. Having worked in healthcare for 25 years, I was interested in working directly with people. I heard about the impact that therapy dogs can have on the health of residents in nursing facilities and how bow-wow reading dogs can help children succeed in school. I wanted to see if my dog Aussie could qualify. After training at The Dog Alliance, Aussie and I have had many adventures at nursing facilities, libraries and schools. Thank you to The Dog Alliance for helping me achieve my goals and for training Aussie to be a better companion!

2 AmandaLovesABA

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an individual with a degree in Psychology/Behavior Science, and various years in the Behavioral Health/Behavior Analysis field, it is an honor to write a review for the Austin Dog Alliance to honor their incredible contributions to the greater Austin area, such as: their Hounds for Heroes program to help veterans in need of service animals, their Bow Wow Therapy Dog programs, and have also offered Group Social Skills programs to children on the Autism Spectrum. The Austin Dog Alliance hires only the best staff that work tirelessly to provide quality services, and possess various different skill sets to facilitate animal therapy and service dog training. The Austin Dog Alliance's contributions have made a lasting impact on the community by working with people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities to help improve their quality of life with therapeutic services.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Dog Alliance has an amazing and hard working staff. I am super impressed with their Hounds for Heros program and everything else that they do for our community.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Austin Dog Alliance is a vital part of our community. It is a cause near and dear to my heart. Bow Wow Reading Dogs program provides at risk readers with a therapy dog and it is provided in different settings so that it is accessible to as many people as possible. Service Dogs are also provided to veterans free of charge.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love what this organization does for veterans and am proud to support it.

1 QueenLuluBear

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor to the Austin Dog Alliance and I highly recommend this organization! Not only do they have the CUTEST social media updates in the world (I mean, watching a litter of lab puppies grow up and become trained therapy dogs?? Too adorable), but their services do real and lasting good in the community. Whether it be helping kiddos read, providing therapy to veterans, giving workplaces and schools a break from the stress through play time with pooches, or training service dogs for people with disabilities, I know my money is being put to impactful use. The people I know in the organization are full of integrity, and I know that their volunteers work hard to serve the community and work with people of all backgrounds. Keep it up! And keep those puppy pictures coming on Facebook. :)

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Austin Dog Alliance provides a wonderful service an helping to provide the community with therapy and service dogs. They take the care and time they need to train and foster these dogs to be attuned to the specific needs of their owners, taking into account that there are several qualifications that need to be met before they go into service. These services are invaluable to those who require a support or service animal. As a donor, I am happy to support such invaluable work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

These folks use their volunteers as unpaid employees. They do not care about the welfare of any of the volunteers. You would also think that it being a facility with dogs that you would be able to interact with the dogs and that DOES NOT happen. Please be careful when signing up.

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Debi 08/11/2018

Unfortunately, this volunteer did not understand that helping with an event was a very common activity for volunteers and volunteers are not paid.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

This place is horrible! They find and rescue random dogs, have their volunteers train them and then pass them off as service dogs to ill prepared veterans. Out of 9 dogs, I witnessed 3 returned by the veteran and 5 fail out of the program all together and be put up for adoption. I do not recommend this place at all for a quality service dog.

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Debi 08/11/2018

We very carefully select dogs from shelters to train as service dogs. Even though the dogs are trained 7 days a week for 12 - 18 months, the success rate is only about 20%. Career change dogs are placed in loving family homes as pets. Occasionally dogs are returned for a variety of reasons. This year, we had a dog returned when she retired from service work due to her advanced age. She was placed in a loving family home as a pet. She can now live out her life doing short excursions and long naps. Sadly, the related post was written by a terminated employee. We hope the employee can find a place of employment where they can thrive.

3 rrcatlady

Donor

Rating: 5

Austin Dog Alliance does wonderful work by training and matching therapy dogs for veterans, conducting dog training camps for kids, helping hard-to-adopt dogs from shelters find homes, and many other wonderful programs to help people and dogs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Austin Dog Alliance has many great programs, from helping kids read to helping veterans. I know firsthand that they pull the dogs they train as therapy dogs from shelters. I've also seen some of their training in action. The people at ADA are professional, compassionate, and dedicated. We are very fortunate to have this group in our area.

2 Julie279

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had always wanted to have a Therapy Dog since they had been so important to my granddaughter when she was ill. She was in the hospital for 2 months and the highlight of her day was visits from the Therapy Dogs. With the Dog Alliance they provided the structure and classes for me to work with my dog Moose. They guided us through Therapy and Advance Therapy training and testing. We volunteer as much as possible and I am so proud to be associated with the Dog Alliance. They take such great care in the training, teach children how to interact and care for dogs, Bow-Wow Reading, and the Hounds For Hero's program is so amazing. This is a great organization that provides so much for all of our communities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always wanted to have a Therapy Dog to share with people. They had been so instrumental in my granddaughter's recovery from brain surgery. I found the wonderful and caring staff at Austin Dog Alliance and that started by journey with Moose. Austin Dog Alliance has provided the safe and nurturing environment for Moose and I to become a well honed team. We have taken their class that are taught by the great staff there and we are now Complex+ certified. Our latest volunteering was at ABIA to help the stressed out travelers. This was a unique and very rewarding experience for us. From Hounds for Heros, Bow Wow Reading, hospitals, nursing homes and the list goes on for the great giving that the teams of Austin Dog Alliance provide services. A++ all the way.

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1 Chitra S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Dog Alliance is an absolutely fantastic organization with individuals who help others improving lives by harnessing the therapeutic power of dogs, from helping our young children learn to read to providing comfort to our parents and grandparents in their senior years. Dogs enrich our lives in so many ways, bringing happiness and comfort to young and elderly the same.
After taking the Dog Alliance Pet Therapy class that was taught by one of my favorite, knowledgeable, experienced and most entertaining instructors Carolyn Honish, my dog Dolph, and I are now Certified Pet Therapy volunteers. We visit elderly, individuals going thru rehabilitation in nursing homes as well as spending time with kids in the Bow Wow Reading program in libraries. It is one of the most rewarding experience to see Dolph bring comfort and smiles to so many individuals. We look forward to being part of this organization for many years to come.

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Debi 12/27/2017

Welcome to the group. We are honored to work with you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We took our dog to The Dog Alliance for basic obedience training. After the class we asked about their therapy program and were told our dog would be a good candidate. We then took their therapy dog training, then tested and received our therapy dog certification. Now we are sharing our wonderful dog with residents at nursing homes and being an ambassador for the organization. God blessed us with a wonderful dog and a wonderful organization to help us serve others as a demonstration of his love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently been enrolled as a volunteer at The Dog Alliance, and am so glad that I did. I've had the opportunity to interact with the staff and be introduced to the awesome programs this organization offers. It has been very uplifting to see the outcome of the hard work that these employees/volunteers do. To see the furry four-legged humans working hard and so diligently to show off their skills is so rewarding. The interaction between the animals and the humans is incredible. I am so proud to be a part of this organization, and encourage others to join in and help this non-profit organization continue to flourish and be rewarding to all!