It's hard to belive that almost 4 years has gone by since I became involved with Canine Angels Service Teams. I can honestly say that my time with them has been the most rewarding of my life! I was going to say that I have made amazing friends, but they are so much more than that---they are FAMILY. As I said in my provious review, raising a puppy is an emotional roller coaster, but I am so excited and feel extremely privilidged to be able to raise my next puppy starting this summer. I thank God every day for bringing this amazing group of people into my life :-) If you have the opportunity to become involved, in any way, you will not regret your decision.
Canine Angels Service Teams - I can’t say enough wonderful things about this group. They have dedicated their lives to raising and training canine “angels” for children and young adults with special needs - and ask for nothing in return. As a puppy raiser I have ridden the emotional roller coaster of getting a new puppy, watching him grow into a great dog, turning him in for advanced training, and then the pleasure of presenting him to his child and experiencing the joy he brought to the child and changes the dog has brought to the child’s life since. As usual, I have tears in my eyes as I write this :-) Words cannot express all that Canine Angels Service Teams does for these children and young adults. What an amazing group!!
My 12 year old son Joseph was connected with his lifelong PAL Orion a year ago this month. Orion is the perfect dog for both my son and our family! The staff and volunteers of Canine Angels are very caring and have continued to help us along the way. Team Training was such a wonderful experience for our whole family. We learned so much! With Orion by his side, Joseph is more confident and self-assured. I would recommend Canine Angels to any family considering a service dog of any kind.
I received my service dog from Canine Angels in 2011. She is a wonderful dog, as this is my 3rd service dog i feel that I am an expert on how the dogs are Trained. CAST was very responsive in listening to me on exactly what I needed my service dog to do for me. All of my needs were met and my dog does everything I need her to do and she was ready to learn even more as we got to be partners. I would definetly recommend CAST if you are looking for a service dog, social dog or PAL. The dogs are well trained and well loved. The training program you go through is geared to the clients being served. CAST remembers that you are the client and they are providing a service and they answer and meet your needs.
The staff and volunteers at Canine Angels are amazing! They go above and beyond to make you feel welcome, valued and appreciated. After being a puppy raiser for several organizations, I have seen the good and bad but only good from Canine Angels! They take amazing care of the volunteers, clients and dogs, after loving and raising a dog for a year, its such a comfort to know they will only get the best care, training and love while in training and once placed in their forever home.
We raised our first pooch with CAST in 2007. In fact, I think I may have been inaugural puppy raiser #1. Attracted by the selflessness of the Canine Angels Service Teams staff, their passion for the program, and the extraordinary service animals we met along the way, we have now raised 5 puppies to help Kids Achieve Independance. Having been exposed to many programs throughout North America CAST is clearly the best.
Canine Angels Service Teams have become like family to us. They do AMAZING work! The staff was great at training us to be comfortable with commands, giving us knowledge about dog behavior, and making sure we knew the responsibility of having our mobility service dog in public. The follow up after our initial training sessions have been especially appreciated. We are a Canine Angels Assisted Service Dog Team. My teen with cerebral palsy is now more confident and is looking forward to certifying at the next level. We love that Canine Angels have created mentorships for our teens with disabilities. The Puppy Raisers and Volunteers at each event that we have attended have been fantastic!
Canine Angels completely changed our lives for the better. Our PAL pup has not only become a complete part of our lives, but of our family as well. My daughter went from being a relatively shy girl, to a young lady filled with confidence, with a large part of her recovery and growth placed upon our Canine Angels pup.
Very impressed with how this org runs & how they help kids with special interest. Parents of special needs appreciate you.
My husband and I have been looking into being puppy raisers for a service dog organization for the past couple of years and after looking into many went on the recommendation of a friend and volunteered to be puppy raisers for canine angels. We are now on our second puppy and have been thrilled with the experience. The staff has been incredibly generous with their time and gone above and beyond to make this process easy for us. Turning a dog in for advanced training that has been with you everywhere for over a year is definitely hard, but getting updates and pictures has made the process easier. Knowing that my girl is happy and learning makes it all worth while. I have also had the opportunity to meet some of the families and children who have received a service dog from canine angels and am amazed at the difference these dogs make in a child's life. We can't wait to see the difference that one of the puppies we raise will make in a child's life thanks to Canine Angels.
August 20, 2011 I volunteered to be a puppy raiser for Canine Angels. They arranged the pickup at Liberty Lake, WA so I would not have to drive all the way to Oregon. I raised & trained Disco for 13 months after that and throughout the process I was in monthly contact with these folks. They were available if I had questions or concerns and when I turned her in for Advanced Training, they arranged a pickup for her 85 miles from here rather than having to drive 950 miles out to Grants Pass. Since the turnin, I have chatted with the head trainer, Sandy, and she assured me that all was fine. I have only met 1 person out of their personnel, but through phone calls & E-mails, I feel like I know them. They are doing exceptional work matching these beautiful dogs up with children who really need their companionship. Please consider these folks for the Great Nonprofit Award. Janet W.