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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Create a sustainable and replicable program that engages veterans throughout the U.S. to train dogs from high-kill shelters as cost-effective service, emotional therapy and companion dogs.

Results: Since our inception in September of 2010, we have placed 165 dogs in loving homes.

Target demographics: Shelter Dogs, Veterans and Children suffering with PTSD

Direct beneficiaries per year: 95 dogs, 71 Veterans

Geographic areas served: Utah

Programs: Assessment and placement of shelter dogs for Veterans and others in need of a well trained companion or emotional service dog. Free training program and support for those adopting through our "Train the Trainer Program". Dogs are also "pre-trained" in the Utah State Prison with inmate trainers. Free adoptions and support for seniors wanting senior dogs and cats.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

Passionate and caring staff. CWAC does a good job of saving both human and canine lives. The interaction between trainers and the veterans with their dogs is very thoughtful and caring. It takes real time and patience to alleviate the affects of PTSD and the program does just that. The program provides many points of interaction, helping to bring veterans out of their shells and helps to combat self-isolation. The organization funnels a a large portion of their donations to the training programs, directly benefiting veterans.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our standard poodle Soto from Canines with a cause and the entire experience was amazing! They made the entire adoption process straight forward and easy. Very professionally run and the work they do to help people in need of a service animal is heart warming! Everything about this rescue is positive. From taking the dogs out of shelters and having them trained by prisoners to the placement of the animals with a veteran. You can tell everyone involved in this rescue is passionate about the animals and the people that are lucky enough to get one of these special dogs in their lives.

Mband

Donor

Rating: 5

Love love love Canines with a Cause! Taking shelter pets and retraining them as service dogs. How could there be a better story? And the dogs that don't make the cut? They end up in wonderful homes. Our beloved Thelma was a Canines with a Cause dog and our newest dog Gypsy was also a Canines with a Cause prison trained wonder! Such a great non profit run by caring and wonderful people!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff was wonderful to work with! My Buddy is my constant companion and helper. He’s been with me through five surgeries and 47 follow up visits this year. Not sure how I would have made it through 2020 without Canines With a Cause!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do great work! I am thankful for their program

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 27-year veteran that just recently medically retired with 100% disability. Life was tough and I what is having trouble finding resources to meet my special needs. Then at the VA I was approached by a representative from canines with a Cause. They were so understanding and welcoming wanting to help that I joined the program without hesitation. They found an extremely well-qualified puppy for me to be in training with. It is unlike me with PTSD to remain focused on anyting but I so enjoy and look forward to going to the weekly training with my service dog. They're expert trainers are so amazing that progress is unbelievable. There is no way now I could live without the aid of my service dog. It truly has changed and saved my life. Thank you canines with a Cause true Americans. They just don't say thank you they provide actions for veterans in need

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and I’ve been working with canines with a cause for a year now. I suffer from PTSD and severe anxiety. CWAC matched me up with my sweet dog Murphy and the process of training him weekly is therapy In itself ! I haven’t had to provide a dime to work with this program and I am so grateful to have to opportunity to get my service dog.

Jamie M.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great people doing great things for other great people and wonderful dogs.

Cody L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I will be forever grateful to Canines With A Cause for introducing me to my Bernie. Adopting him was the best thing I have done in my life. He was the best boy! From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Kelley C.1

Advisor

Rating: 5

Their commitment to rescuing shelter dogs and placing with veterans to combat PTSD, depression and other symptoms that call for a psychiatric service dog or a great companion is unfaltering. They are also deeply committed to the female inmate training program which continues to see results and offers the inmates vocational skills and a positive way of viewing life and it's challenges. No dog is left behind! Working closely with CWAC care is taken by the staff in the stewardship of the lives affected and the costs of the program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found CWAC looking for help as a veteran with PTSD. Even though Dune and I have only been through the first class, and are excited to begin our next one. It takes work but the trainers are wonderful to work with and when I have had questions they have been very responsive, both in and out of class.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Initially I was looking to adopt or foster a dog but the more I learned about Canines with a cause the more I knew that I needed to offer what I could to this organization. It was a fantastic experience volunteering with Canines with a Cause! Saving homeless dogs and helping veterans is such important work, I looked forward to volunteering for the dog training sessions every week. I know that even though there is not monetary compensation the rewards that I received by spending time with these great people has added such great value to my life.

Craig25

Donor

Rating: 5

I think Kathy King has a true vision. Not only is she saving dogs lives, she is impacting many lives in many ways. Please step up and Give Back to Canines With A True Cause and effect.

Aerous E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a veteran I know what it means to have non-profit organizations like this one looking out for me. As a disabled, I absolutely can attest to the saving power of animals in my therapy.

It keeps me from being depressed. it helps me know that there are creatures in the world that offer their love unselfishly.

Canines With a Cause is not only a good cause, IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL for many veterans who are suicidal, or lost with no hope. Men and women who are finding it hard to re-adjust to civilian life with special needs. CWAC is the best.

Hatty T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

staff members & volunteers helped us thru every step of the adoption of our addition to our family. Every detail was addressed & handled without a fuss. Transported our puppy to us without a moments hesitation. thank you!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this program for almost 2.5 years. I am constantly impressed by the commitment and drive of the wonderful volunteers. On a weekly basis I get to see veterans and their dogs making progress toward harmonious relationships and I am proud to be associated with CWAC.

Becky56

Client Served

Rating: 5

Canines With a Cause helped us adopt our dog, Darwin, earlier this year, and we greatly appreciated their service and time. They were patient and welcoming as we discussed the possibility of meeting Darwin. And they graciously met us at a convenient location near our home so we could meet him. The representative we met with had so much info about the dog, and obviously cared a great deal about the home he was going to. We had support to make sure it was the right fit, and they even let us do a week long trial foster period. Canines With a Cause very clearly wanted to better our home life and give us the companion we wanted. They included his collar, crate, vaccines, and a microchip for Darwin, which we were very grateful for! I have since recommended people to CWAC and will continue to do so!

Megan60

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome organization that does everything they can for the dogs that need help and also the veterans. I have not had the opportunity to adopt from them or help by fostering but I have watched them help lots of dogs and I hope to work with them once my circumstances allow it

1 FireDocUSMC

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a USMC Nam Era Veteran disabled Federal Fire Fighter of over 24 years, and former Correctional Sergeant/Fire Safety Officer. With the passing of our 2 canines Poke 2009 & Acacia Embers 2011, that we had adopted in CA, our family was not complete without the occasion bark, wag and paws on our laps, or going places as a family, camping and walking with our canine children, drawing others attention and praise.

PetFinders led us to Hank aka the Hank'ster, which brought us in touch with Canines With A Cause, adoption went smoothly and there was more laughter in our home once again...Hank a 3-4 month old Border Collie who had his own medical challenges in his young life. CWAC helped us with his treatment and CWAC since became part of our Family as well. I will not throw out any names as Buddy another BC rescued by CWAC came into our home to be Fostered until AD Journey, returned from Dog Trials in So.CA., where our family are from...and upon AD's return, Buddy had bonded so well with Hank, it was decided Buddy belonged here...and over 18 months later they remain close as Brothers.

https://www.facebook.com/hank.n.buddy and http://hankpokewilliamsjr.blogspot.com/

Now our family including 2 Felines and a Cockatiel are very happy, well our Felines (George & Janome) have another opinion, as in keeping a low profile, being quiet and watching from above....that is from the top of our TV cabinet. Hank n Buddy are very quiet, well behaving, lovable, love to play, ignore the Felines and love being with family...we could not ask for more, other than if we can only do more for CWAC and their Mission, as a family. And we offer to foster other CWAC rescues if needed.

Donor

Rating: 5

Canines with a Cause is an amazing non-profit that goes beyond expectations. Not only do they save canine lives but they save human ones by working with veterans. The work they do is incredible and I've met many of their volunteers, all passionate and knowledgable. When I donate to them I know they are not going to waste a penny and it all goes to continuing their mission.

Jaci L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was able to adopt s dog through Canines with a Cause. It was the best and easiest adoption process I have ever been through. I have adopted 4 other dogs. 2 have passed away.
I will continue to adopted from them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful opportunity to foster a CWAC dog. The goal of this organiation is such a win-win for all involved. The more you understand the far reaches of this program....the more it's importance to the communities it touches becomes apparent. Take a moment....learn more and I'm sure you'll want to be supportive and involved in some way with Canines with a Cause.

1 Christina64

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of knowing the Canines with a Cause team since the concepting phase for this amazing not-for-profit organization. I am continually at awe by the dedication and service this team provides to Military Veterans as well as well deserving shelter animals. The concept of this pairing is so logical and natural. The execution takes a loving and diligent team willing to make continual sacrifices on behalf of this program. To date 165+ animals have been placed in loving homes. This not only means that 165+ shelter animals have been saved from a life of total uncertainty, it also means that 165+ loving families have been given the gift of unconditional love and companionship. The time and financial resources necessary to make these connections happen are a necessary part of the equation - but the return makes every minute and dollar spent well worth it. BRAVO Canines With A Cause for your diligent work serving both the shelter animal community as well as the Military Veterans community. You are an incredible group!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with CWAC, then hired a year ago. I have been working with shelter dogs and veterans closely. It is awesome to see how dogs can change a veterans life. I constantly point our to our participants any change I see in their own personality. I see a lot of smiles when thing go well. This is a great organization that I am happy to work for.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I used to train Seeing Eye dogs for the blind in NJ. I did this for 15 years. I loved the whole process of matching the right dog to the right person. Then, watching them blossom into a team was amazing to watch. The hard work I put into training a dog for a blind person and then watching what I did for someone was VERY rewarding. Because of my husband's job, I moved here to Utah and got involved with CWAC because of a good friend of mine. This program helps to match veterans with PTSD with the perfect dog that they themselves, through the expertise of a head trainer, will take classes to learn how to train there own service dog. Being involved with this whole process brings me back to my days working for The Seeing Eye. I feel the same reward for taking a shelter dog and matching them to a veteran who can change their life forever.

Advisor

Rating: 5

My involvement with Canines with a Cause has been virtually since the beginning. The work and effort produced by this organization is so underrated they definitely deserve any accolades coming their way. The lives they save and impact from both a human and canine point of view are truly remarkable. Cathy King is amazing, as well as all the volunteers, board members and everyone who make the organization what it is.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Canines with a cause stays with you as you try to go through whether adopting a rescue dog, or training a service dog. They help you find the right dog with your needs. They're a great organization that fill a great need.

credking

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with CWAC since inception. This organization not only gives shelter dogs another chance to have loving homes, the dogs enhances the lives if the veterans they are partnered with. The dogs will soon be trained in a local prison, the offenfers in the prison will benefit from skills learned training and grooming the dogs.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Canines With a Cause is making a difference in the lives of shelter dogs as well as the veterans who benefite from the unconditional, non-judgemental love they provide. The training process is wonderful therapy and gives the veterans a sense of accomplishment.

Julie

Board Member

Rating: 5

For years, I appreciated the work Cathy King and Canines with a Cause did . . . every rescue saved two lives. But, in addition to saving animals from shelters and giving veterans companions, Cathy was generous with her time. On numerous occasions she came to my classroom to help my eighth and ninth grade students understand that animals matter. Cathy taught my children how to write letters to legislators and about sustainable rescue.

Then, on July 9th, Cathy called me. A few months earlier, I lost a sweet senior poodle. She told me about Timmy. Timmy spent most of his life helping a veteran with PTSD. When his veteran could no longer care for him, Cathy asked if he could stay with me.

Almost 15-years-old, without teeth, hard-of-hearing, unable to see very well and little wobbly, Timmy moved into my home. His big heart, gentle spirit, lopsided ears and sweet appreciation for everything re-taught me how to love.

A month later, I accepted a position on the Board for Canines with a Cause. CWAC makes a difference.

Cameron H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

** I adopted a young yellow lab, through CWAC. At first, he was so crazy and hyper. I often considered returning him, and giving up being his forever home. His name is Romeo. He saved my life. Keeping him was like deciding to live. Suicide was no longer an option. I needed him. He needed me. We toughed it out. Now we are better friends then I could have ever imagined. I thank CWAC for saving Romeo from a shelter, and indirectly saving me from suicide.

Kati4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have a hard time writing or talking about this wonderful organization with out a tear in my eye. It comes straight from my heart I LOVE this organization and putting it very straight forward this organization saves lives. I have always felt we do not do enough to edecate people about dogs, so they don't end up in shelters or pounds. And I feel we owe more to our veterans, who give so much for us as a nation. CWAC SAVES LIVES. The first life it saves is that of shelter dog, who does not understand where they are or why they are there. The second life it saves is that of the brave solider coming back from war who has fought for our country, our freedom, our rights. Cathy, Shawn and all the volunteers, fosters, donors, work selfless to match dogs with veterans, so they can both sleep peaceful at night. CWAC has spread the word that we can all work together to make a win/win situation. Cathy has spoke to church groups, businesses, government agencies, attends conferences, lobbies on capital hill for animal rights and veterans rights. This orgainzation deserves to be spot lighted and known to everyone - it shows we can help... one dog and one solider at a time turns into many.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Canines With a Cause is such a great organization! They save 2 lives - the Veteran and the Dog! Their Executive Director works so hard to make sure that the needs of the Veterans and their Companion Dogs are met. The difference between the Dogs and Veterans once they start to work together on training is a wonderful site to behold !!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful thing to Save 2 Lives! I love helping Canines With a Cause save dogs on death row in shelters and place them with Veterans who have PTSD and need help putting their lives back. The dog training program really helps to make sure the Veteran and the Dog get the help to be able to stay together as a family. The Veterans love their dogs so much and in turn, the dogs love them. It is a match made in Heaven!

Donor

Rating: 5

I fell in love with Canines With a Cause when I attended their fundraiser in Park City, and learned of their compassionate giving of time energy, and yes., love, to our brave veterans. These men and women serve our country and return often so emotionally damaged. To see a sweet dog, rescued from the pound, trained by CWC volunteerrs who are professional trainers, and given to a Veteran, to ease their anxiety levels, and know they have a companion who loves them is just beautiful! God's own work done by CWC. I plan to attend and give each year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the animal welfare community for years and have seen many organizations. I'm very impressed with the Canines With A Cause organization. Their idea to bring our veterans much needed help by matching them with a dog that needs a home is brilliant. Thank you CWAC for providing a much needed service to those that have served our country and our animal friends that provide so much unconditional love to us.

Walt M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is to add more information to what my friend, Myron Peterson, had to say. I'm a Certified Peer Support Specialist, CPSS. I have talked to Canines With a Cause, and what they have to offer is much more. I have refered Vets there from the SLC, Utah VA Hospital. What doesn't get mentioned as their stories are being told, is that their services are free. They will find the right dog to match your needs, free, help you with the needed training for them to be a Service Dog, free, and depending on your circumstances, help you with other needs. Canines With a Cause needs to be made a Cause that everyone is aware of, be they Vet or cilvilian. If it hadn't been for Myron, I would still not know where to send Vets that really could use help with their MH issues. So one and all. tell everyone about them so that they are aware of the services available, be it friends, Doctor's, Therapist, or whoever. It's a much needed Service, and I greatly appreciate everything they are accomplishing. (Editors note; if any of this information is not as stated, please let me know so that I relay the correct information.) :)

JoAnn O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always been a huge supporter of animal adoption and the saving of animals. My brother is a Captain in the Army, so the helping of veterans is a personal passion of mine as well. Our veterans are returning home with many personal issues and changes in their lives. To connect them with a companion that will provide them with unconditional love is the perfect idea for both.

1 Myron P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was referred to Cath King's organization, Canines with a Cause (CWAC), I was looking for a dog which would help me cope with my PTSD. I have suffered from severe PTSD symptoms and knew that animals provide many helpful things to vets like me. Also, I did already have a dog named Timmy who is 14 years old and showing signs of deteriorating health and was losing his zest for life. Aware that he was likely to pass away in the near future, I feared that losing his companionship while living alone would be a devastating change. I felt that if I had another companion that I have bonded with, That event would be less painful. Also, there was a chance that bringing a new young dog into Timmy's life could bring to him new vitality.

I was referred to Cathy by my Equine Therapist Dr. Laurie Sullivan-Sakaeda when I asked her if she knew how I could obtain a PTSD certified service dog. Cathy And I spoke about my needs abd the needs of Timmy--my loyalty to Timmy gave him veto power over the choice of a dog. She already gad a dog in mind.

Unfortunately, the fiest choice was not successful because the puppy's size and energy bewildered Timmy. It was decided that a small breed and slightly older and calmer dog was necessary. Then came Puck, as he is now named. They were introduced to each other in a large quiet room and allowed to interract. It seemed the match might be a success. Puck was very docile, though he growled at first meeting.

Puck is a little Chihuahua like dog. He was very shut-down when I got him. It didn't take long for him to open up in my home with just me and Timmy. I was very careful to only show him love and patience so as to not set him back. When his personality revealed itself as he felt safe, I gave him the name Puck from Shakespeare's misunderstood and mischievous character from one of his plays.

I actually find those personalty traits in him endearing. It gives me plenty of opportunities ti observe, write about, and photograph his odd behaviors. It seems he is revealing something new almost daily.

The relationship with Timmy is definitely beneficial. Timmy seems to always be happy and more engaged now. He has resumed some of the puppy-like behaviors he used to have (some not mentionable in polite company). Timmy is almost completely deaf abd could not greet ne at the door anymore because he couldn't hear me come in. Now Puck sits on the window sill and waits for me and his bark is loud enough to alert Timmy. Now I have two dogs that greet me with enthusiasm when I come home.

As for a help for help coping with my PTSD, animals like my dogs and even the horses I work with are always about being in the moment. PTSD is an illness that rudely takes one out of the moment into a painful past. Anything that help keep one in the present or helps bring one ba.ck to the present when in a dark place is of great help.

CWAC has provided food for my dog when I was in need, access to good discounted veterinary care, and volunteers to care for my dogs when I was incapacitated. I believe Cathys organization has brought a new light into my life and given me a sense that my service was neither in vain nor forgotten. I have a greater trust for the inherent decency of most people as witnessed in the work of CWAC. Thank you Cathy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They do some amazing things with the dogs that have really helped people with disabilities. They are saving the lives of many people and animals at the same time. Awesome job!!!!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with veterans everyday and recently became involved with Canines with a Cause. I have witnessed veterans improve greatly when they become involved in this program. Veterans feel connected to the work they are doing with their dog, it brings meaning and hope to their lives. The staff at CWAC is outstanding and have so much to offer both veterans and dogs. Thank you for the amazing work you are doing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit, combines my favorite passions Dogs and Veterans. The service they provide is life changing for recipients and volunteers. I've been able to connect with some amazing people and I found my best friend and companion through this orginzation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know of this charity only through Facebook as I'm not resident in the US, but that's my point: I wanted to support it by buying some merchandise; it was the first time they'd sent anything to my location, but they went more than the extra mile to advise me about the goods and to get them to me quickly and safely. More than can be said for many such organisations, even 'professionally-run' charities, for want of a better terms, as I believe most people in CWAC are volunteers. The work they do, which I know a little about from their Facebook posts, is excellent and vital. They never give up on a dog or a human.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Canines with a Cause provides a valuable service to the communities of Northern Utah and Southern Idaho. CWAC not only saves the lives of shelter animals who may otherwise perish to be overlooked in a shelter and brings out their best qualities and strengths through training and love, they also help save the lives of veterans who struggle with PTSD and other disorders. The dogs in the CWAC program flourish, often going from the lowly shelter pup who was given up or found as a stray, to a top performer when it comes to behavior and service. CWAC saves two lives with each adoption and is changing more lives every day.