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Canines With a Cause

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Nonprofit Overview

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

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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.

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.

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.