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

Mission: Making Dogs a Part of Our Community.

Target demographics: children, the elderly and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000

Geographic areas served: the Greater Austin area

Programs: Bow Wow Reading Dogs, Therapy Dog Visits to Hospitals and Nursing Homes, Therapeutic Social Skill groups, Job Skills Training and Summer Camps. All our programs utilize the bond between dogs and humans.

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64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!

Advisor

Rating: 5

"The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog," M. K. Clinton, The Return.

The Dog Alliance is helping the world become that nicer place through our mission of improving the health and well-being of individuals and families through therapeutic programs incorporating the powerful connection between dogs and humans.

Programs have been developed to train dogs adopted from shelters to become service animals for veterans suffering from post traumatic stress, through the Hounds for Heroes program. Additionally, emotional support dogs are trained for families with a special needs member; i.e., someone with autism or suffering from generalized anxiety disorder or other emotional disturbance

The Dog Alliance also has 175 trained pet therapy teams that provide volunteer services.in nursing homes, hospitals, schools and libraries throughout the area. Plus, the Bow Wow Reading Dog teams receive additional supplemental training before working with at-risk readers throughout local school districts.

Additional services offered to the community are Job Skills Training Programs, which provides canine-related employment training for young adults with mental or physical challenges. They are taught technical skills for jobs in shelters, dog day care, boarding kennels, grooming facilities and veterinarian offices. Students are also trained in the social etiquette of finding and keeping employment. Also, they will receive assistance in finding paid employment opportunities after successfully completing the program.

I cannot speak highly enough of The Dog Alliance and the compassionate and valuable services they bring to so many deserving people in the form of highly-trained, loving and hard-working dogs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with The Dog Alliance is through the Job Skills Program that they offer. Having two sons of my own with high functioning special needs, discovering the S+CORE program gave me hope. These very deserving young adults are walked through the entire process of being ready and presentable for a job interview, writing a professional resume, the interview process itself and with extensive hands-on training with the dogs, the ultimate goal of gainful employment working with animals in our community. Always by their side is Susan Windham, who has an obvious love and passion for what she does. Once these individuals are employed, Susan will go to the place of employment, if needed, and work directly with management to ensure proper on the job training is taken place and be a mentor for the employer and the new employee. If someone wants to succeed in this program, The Dog Alliance will make it happen. I have hope for my sons future that he will be able to what so many of us take for granted. THANK YOU to The Dog Alliance, Susan and Debi Krakar, the woman who had a vision to make things better and started all of this.
"Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen."
- Orhan Pamuk

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Austin Dog Alliance (now The Dog Alliance) since 2012 and I can say unequivocally that I have never seen a more devoted group anywhere. These folks strive constantly to improve conditions for individuals in the community via the influence of dogs: dogs helping children enjoy literacy, helping differently-abled young adult develop work skills, training therapy and service dogs and teaching, always teaching how to make the lives of dogs, and people via dogs, better every day. They send therapy dogs to hospitals, schools, courtrooms and nursing homes quite literally on a daily basis. Here is service in action. Kudos!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization led by a truly inspired woman, Debi Kraker. They have over 300 volunteers who serve the community with pet therapy visits to schools (Bow Wow Reading), hospitals, retirement and nursing homes and special events around Central Texas. They rescue and place dogs in homes with an almost 100% success rate as they take the time to carefully home train the dogs and screen the families with whom the dog will live. Their services to families with children on the Autism spectrum is the gold standard and they have a Youth Association for teens that works with and supports them and other animal welfare organizations throughout Central Texas. I have never enjoyed volunteering as much as I do with the Austin Dog Alliance.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Susan with Austin Dog Alliance worked with my autistic daughter for almost two years to help her overcome her fear of dogs. My son loves dogs and was so sad that we couldn't have one. We had a hard time visiting other families and going out to parks. Now my daughter is comfortable with dogs and with the help of Austin Dog Alliance we have a wonderful sweet dog that we all love.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping others with the assistance of a furry friend has been a dream of mine for over 20 years. I finally found the best dog in the world...and a fantastic organization to match! Austin Dog Alliance provided me and my dog with excellent training, support, and guidance to make my dream a reality. My dog and I are now making positive impacts on the lives of kids and adults across the Austin area. Thank you Austin Dog Alliance!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization that has provided me the opportunity to help others through volunteering with my dog, Beau. Everyone is very helpful and ADA is very organized with their events. Beau (Therapy dog) and I signed up for the 6 week therapy training session and successfully passed the exam after. The instructor, Carolyn Honish, was extremely helpful and nice! Class was fun and a great way to bond with your dog, regardless. I would highly recommend affiliating with this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been very actively involved with Austin Dog Alliance for a year and a half and am amazed with the impact in people’s lives that they facilitate. The service dog program, Hounds for Heroes, provides service dogs for veterans and first responders with PTSD. They also offer training for young adults with disabilities to train them for jobs working with animals. The program most close to my heart is the therapy dog training and certification. My wife and I are both certified handlers and our dog is a therapy dog. We see the impact that ADA enables every week.

Just one example, we walked into a nursing home for the first time and saw a resident sitting in the corner alone. She smiled when she saw our dog, Chaucer, so we took him over. She had a huge grin on her face and talked to Chaucer the entire time as she petted him. I turned around and the entire staff were taking pictures. This woman had never spoken or smiled since she entered the nursing home. She had also never interacted with any other resident. The next time we came at our scheduled time, the woman was waiting in the front of the common area, interacting with other residents and has every week since then.

I have become so passionate about the charter and impact of ADA that I am now on the board of directors! It is an amazing organization and making an incredible impact! I am proud to be part of it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic group of individuals who help others by providing a service that brings happiness and better health to those in need. My dog, Rex, and I are a volunteer registered Therapy team. We visit people in the hospital, nursing homes, schools, etc. There are many heart-warming stories for which we have been privileged to be a part thanks to all the efforts by the staff at Austin Dog Alliance.

Julie279

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Austin Dog Alliance gave my fur kid Moose the best training and helped us become a complex therapy team. They so inspired me and Moose and we try to support and brag about them at every opportunity. The kindness, caring and gentle techniques of training are superb.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Five years ago I rescued a young German Shepard from a local shelter . He had been seized from a breeding facility . He had spent his first year outside . He had never worn a collar , been shown any love or even had a toy to play with . I enrolled in classes at the Austin Dog Alliance
to help me teach him basic manners . The trainers there saw some thing intuitive about my dog . After we had completed two manners classes they urged me to continue into therapy training with him . We have just completed our third year as a therapy team . My dog has taught me so much about compassion and patience . It is all because of Austin Dog Alliance .

Laura326

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Austin Dog Alliance's work with people -- especially children -- on the autism spectrum, veterans with depression or PTS, at-risk readers, the elderly and the infirmed is inspiring. I've watched them first hand and seen the joy their dog teams bring others. And I've spoken with vets whose lives have been made possible with an ADA-trained therapy dog. I've also had the pleasure of taking two dog training classes myself. Their reward-based dog training method works beautifully. I cannot recommend more the work of any other animal-based nonprofit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Austin Dog Alliance is a wonderful organization. Many of the therapy dogs I've met were trained there, and the dogs and their handlers make a huge difference in people's lives. We are on the list for an emotional support dog for our daughter with autism, and having that dog will make all the difference in the world to us. Our daughter attended the autism camp at ADA and had a blast with the fantastic dogs and guides! I'm so glad Austin Dog Alliance is helping people with specific needs to connect with the magical dogs who can help them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love Austin Dog alliance. Such great people and they help people and animals in need. If only there were more organizations like this .

Bradley4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a great organization to be working with and supporting. I own a clothing company that donates to help keep their dog training program for veterans with PTSD alive. Ive been working with them for about two years and have had heard nothing but great things about their work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Austin Dog Alliance provides quality services to communities by enriching people's lives through beloved four legged animals. The facility itself is very theraputic where it gives plenty of spaces for dogs and owners or trainers to exercise. Volunteering for Austin Dog Alliance has given me opportunities to meet other dog lovers, quality trainers, and also most importantly reaching out to the communities to tell about the great programs ADA offers. I am very happy to be a part of this organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a special needs student who got my service dog Roxi from Austin Dog Alliance. I struggled with social cues, interaction with peers and fitting in. I was unable to attend classes due to my disabilities. Roxi came into my life and saved me. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't stop and think about how lucky I am to have Roxi to help me be a normal student able to function and thrive in high school. The people at Austin Dog Alliance put Roxi and I together and I will always be thankful to them for all their training, guidance and support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As soon as I walked through the door of Austin Dog Alliance, I knew I was where I needed and wanted to be. The people are sincere and professional and the mission far exceeded my expectations. In addition, I was welcomed with open arms and have embraced Austin Dog Alliance with all my heart, time and energy. As part of the service dog care team, I have a great deal of responsibility and the people who give that trust to me are dedicated to the dogs and the mission and take the work seriously. I highly recommend the classes, as well--my dog and I took a class together and loved it--we are a better team because of it--the instructors are top rate. They are a smart and honest operation.