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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

Mission: Our mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with special needs through the assistance of animals, and to promote awareness through education.

Target demographics: individuals with special needs

Geographic areas served: national areas

Programs: therapy | service dogs | adoptables

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Community Stories

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Chrystal-N-Sherman

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Domesti-PUPS gives 110% and it shows! From sharing owner trained therapy dogs with the community, providing trained service dogs across the nation, and even saving dogs who just need a second chance, training them to be good family members then vetting potential adopters to find the perfect fit, this organization has gone above and beyond. Their ambition to improve the quality of life for our fellow humans dog-by-dog shows in the hearts of each and every volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have participated with Domesti-PUPS for 3 years now with my Pyrenees mix, Sherman. Nothing compares to the feeling of giving back to your community. We regularly visit nursing homes and the veterans home, during finals we visit the colleges to help the students relax. Sherman and I also have a consistent schedule at Brian West where we visit with the patients in the 4 mental units. Ultimately volunteering is the highlight of my week. Seeing these folks light up at the sight of my big fluffy white dog and feeling their energy calm as they connect with him and share stories of their own pets, or animals they've known, getting their minds off of their current situation for that hour is like therapy for me too. No matter what kind of day I've had when I walk in the door with my Therapy Dog, it is a great day- a FULFILLED day- when I walk out.

Abigail Anne A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Presley and I have been a team for a year now and this dog has been my saving grace! He is my own personal hero. My therapist. And my best friend! I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in November 2011 and I struggle with dangerous high and low blood sugars. Presley catches them and alerts me by bumping so that way I can treat them quickly or even stop it before it happens. Domesti-Pups takes the time to get to know you and your life to pair you with the right dog. They paired me with the most perfect dog and I couldn't be happier with him and Domesti-Pups. When it comes time to meet your companion, Domesti-Pups puts you up in a hotel and you spend 10 days with learning how to work with a service dog. What really impressed me with this organization, is that after camp is over, they never forget about you. They are always available to answer any questions or help you work through an issue you are having with your dog. I cannot say enough things about Domesti-Pups and I would highly recommend them if you need a service dog!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Passionate group of experienced trainers mixed with fantastic volunteers and led by a board and executive director who love the people, dogs and services the organization provides.

1 Misty Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve watched for the last five years how much work, love and hope this organization has accomplished. Our dog Holly is our families world and they made it possible!

2 merrih

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with the service dog program. Domesti-PUPS has several programs that touch the community from dogs in the schools, libraries and assisted living facilities to name a few.
We had one of our puppies just graduate at 2 yrs of age. Looking at our service dog program through the lives he touched gives you a glimpse of what Domesti-PUPS does.
As a puppy he went to York correctional facility for about 16 weeks. Helping female inmates who nuture and start training. He brightened the inmates and staff as a fluffy puppy. Next the puppy raiser took him in her home for about a year, taking him to church, shopping, out into the community. Next is formal training at the Lincoln correctional center where the inmate handler trains him in specific advanced service commands for his person.
He comes out on weekends with community volunteers who take him out on Friday and bring him back Sunday afternoon. Learning to listen to different people and go to lots of new places and homes.
We take him out and do presentations educating the public on what service dogs can do.
Last but not least he goes to service dog camp and meets his forever person, bonding and becoming bff's. During the 10 - 14 day camp we go out into the comnunity. Local restaurants, stores, movies and the final graduation at the Capital. Honoring Nebraska and the support we get from our great state.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Domesti-pups for 5 years. Words cannot express the positive ways I have seen lives changed because of this organization and their dog programs.
We work with inmates from York, Lincoln, and Omaha. They give their time training dogs to give back to the community and to learn a skill many hope to use once they are released. It is all voluntary, they do not get paid. With them we train pets, therapy dogs, dogs for the classroom , and service dogs.
We do presentations, seminars, classes, and workshops to educate the public.
We work with shelters, rescues and many other groups saving dogs and changing their lives as well as the people who receive them.
I am a better person because of the time I have spent with the Domesti-pups organization.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known about Domesti-Pups for about four years now. I continue to be amazed at the wonderful pet teams that are trained through their program. I am fortunate to get to work with a few of them through their hospice volunteer work. The unconditional love of a therapy animal is immeasurable at end of life. Great mission, great teams, great impact! We are so fortunate to have Domesti-Pups in our community!

2 Kaylee H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Domesti-Pups for a few years now, and I love everyone and everything about this organization, getting to see recipients get their service dogs really warms your heart! Having the opportunity to be a part of making someone's future brighter is why I love Domesti-Pups!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have volunteered for this organization for over 2 years and we plan to do so for many more. They are dedicated to the mission of improving the life of those with different abilities through the companionship of a service dog. Domesti -Pups require all volunteers to go through training. Dogs must meet strict guidelines and they receive extensive training. Those receiving service dogs are required to go through a 2 week camp and each dog is carefully paired based on the needs of the recipient. Domesti-Pups is truly a gift for those with different abilities.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started being a volunteer for Domesti-Pups this year. The group is very organized and dedicated to what they do. I am looking forward to doing more with them.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people of domesti-PUPS are some of the most dedicated, caring, skilled people I know. They truely care for the clients, their dogs, and the public. They trained a service dog for my neice and gave her a quality of life she would not have easily found without their help. It has truely been life-changing!

Inmates from the prison help train the dogs. This small detail means a lot! The inmates are given an opportunity to make amends and give back while learning a skill and putting someone elses needs above their own.

After seeing how many people Domesti-pups affected and helped, I decided to volunteer. I have much to learn from these wonderful people yet, but just being a part of something this wonderful and seeing the impact these dogs have on the all-volunteer staff of this organization, the inmates, and most importantly, the people living with disabilities, I know I am in the right place. It is an honor to be associated with this organization.

2 heidi.stevens

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son had 12 seizures the first day of 8 th grade. We immediately saw a top Pediatric Neurologist & our son was prescribed medication...... repeatedly...... with serious negative side effects & dangerous doses......& the seizures continued to get worse..... we started researching service and seizure dogs & discovered one of the top five dog training nonprofits was in our own backyard, Domesti-PUPS, in Lincoln Nebraska. Our son starts college soon, & Domesti-PUPS Folks compassion, support, love, and endless efforts have been life saving for our son. The amount of work, training, knowledge, and dedication Domesti-PUPS offers to people needing service companions is truly amazing. These folks have dedicated their lives to helping people....like our Josef........ we are so blessed the good Lord led us to Domesti-PUPS...... they are “angels amongst us,” and they have taken us by the hand through the entire process of being slotted for a seizure pup for our son. Domesti-PUPS are life saving..... life saving...... truly....... God bless y’all, Domesti-PUPS..... thank y’all..... our cup runneth over...

3

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I love animals and am in need of doing some community service very soon.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Domesti-Pups for over four years, and they are the emodiment of compassion, grace, empathy and unconditional love. Their volunteers work tirelessly to provide for those most vulnerable among us - which is the measure of greatness every community should use as its guide.

Michelle Ashley and her team of incredible volunteers have made this organization a "go-to" for people looking for a service dog to provide a level of comfort not felt at any other time in their life.

They also provide therapy dogs to the communities in which they serve - with dog teams reaching out to schools, assisted living communities and hospices.

In short - words cannot express the goodness they are giving to the world.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The changes in people's lives is amazing to see see when they have been helped by Domesti-Pups... they are able to live a more full life, the work these folks do is truly a miracle for the people that need assistance, proud to know them!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I could not be more pleases with my experience with Domesti-PUPS. The staff took the time to really inquire about my specific medical condition and what certain tasks I was needing assistance with. They then took this information and trained the dog to best help me with my day to day living. They then trained me in a wonderful 12 day summer camp on how I can best utilize my new service dog.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Domesti-PUPS trains service dogs for seizure response, mobility support, and therapy work. Dogs are well matched with recipients and responses to needs are fine tuned to each recipients specific needs. Recipients are brought together with service dogs for an intensive 2 week bonding/training and testing camp before going to their new home. Dogs and recipients are taken through many different situations to ensure confidence before returning to their homes. Therapy dogs are placed in treatment facilities, schools, churches and more. Domesti-PUPS trainers work with the facilities specific needs when matching dogs and conduct training for all of the therapy dog's handlers.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Domestic-Pups has allowed me to fulfill a life-long dream of using pet therapy as a part of my work as a Registered Nurse. The excellent staff helped me gain the knowledge and develop the skills needed to intergrate pet therapy into my hospital practice. Pet therapy has made a difference in the patients we serve. We distracted them during painful procedures, we have made them smile when they were down, we let them hold our pup and cry, we even help them sleep by allowing the pup to lie with them.

Nothing has bought me more joy than sharing my pup Ellie with my patients. She has provided suport for the family during difficult times, and has attended memorial services for patients that she develop a special bond with.

She has been accepted as a valuable member of the our Care Team at Nemaha County Hospital and is the first staff member many ask for as soon as they arrive. I cant imagine my practice without Ellie and the service we provide to our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization for two years. I work in a small rural hospital and have seen first hand the impact that therapy dogs have on both young and old. Almost every day, I am amazed at the joy and calming effect that pet therapy brings to our patients. I have observed how this organization develops and trains Service dogs. They are very careful in pairing dogs to people and created a team that will work well together for several years. This group of dedicated individuals have worked hard to develop a network that ensures continuous evaluation of all aspects of its operation.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the first meeting through out camp Domesti pups puts in 100% to find the right dog to match your needs. So much effort from such a large number of people go in to make the perfect match for you. Through out camp you'll be challenges in regular daly activities, and learn how to master basic command, over come stressful situations, and learn everything you'll need to care for your dog. I came looking for a dog to help with epilepsy response, and balance. What I received was that and so much more. It's a continuing proses of practice to become a perfect team, but with practice even in the worst moments your new companion will never fail at protecting you. I've gain my independence back, and my family has finally found faith that I'm in good hands. Even when returning home you'll face struggles but Domesti pups is a large family and is always there to offer help. I could not be happier with the gift I received.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work directly with this organization, and it is the best!! I have seen the recipients with their new service dogs, and it is amazing!!

3 Randy51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been volunteering for Domesti-PUPS going on 3 years now. We initially joined to be puppy raisers and shortly after joining we got our first pup to raise. Although our first puppy did not make it into the service dog program it was still a joy and honor to raise her for this organization. We are now on our 3rd puppy and after seeing what amazing service dogs many of the puppies become we intend to continue volunteering for Domesti-PUPS for as long as we can. Dogs that complete their training become service dogs that dramatically change the lives of those who receive them and indeed can literally save the recipients life. Seizure response, mobility assistance, diabetes alert, and therapy dogs are just a few of the services these dogs are trained to provide. We intend to continue volunteering in any capacity needed to help this organization and the people that rely on it to succeed. If you love dogs and helping people be successful, Domesti-PUPS is a great organization to join.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Domesti-PUPS is a wonderful organization dedicated to helping people whose lives can be enriched through the use of a service dog. Many volunteers assist by raising and training puppies, taking dogs on the weekend to continue their training, transporting dogs, assisting with fund raising events and so much more. The lives of select Inmates in the Nebraska State Penitentiary and the Lincoln Correctional Center are also enriched as they provide many months of training for the dogs that become service animals.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Provided me with a life saving dog! They changed my life, and with my dog, I now have have my independence back!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience with Domestic-Pups has been filled with great satisfaction.....A journey we started well over a year ago has finally come to reality...Our grandaughter was paired with John E in June as her furever friend.....He has been trained to help and alert when she has a seizure.....Even though our training has been longer I feel strongly that should she have a seizure John E will jump into action and do his thing.....I sleep better at night.....Thank you to Domesti Pups for making this dream come true.....A special thanks to Michelle for always answering our questions....Also a special shout out to Meri *Amanda John Es puppy raiser and the inmates that have made a difference....If I missed anyone Im sorry....There were so many people we are grateful for........Also thanks to the other families that have become like family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization to be the Public Relations Specialist for

Renee88

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They go over and above to make sure the dogs are perfectly trained for their jobs, service or therapy.

2 David384

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When we, at Disabilty Assistance Dogs, are unable to provide well-trained service dogs outside of our local area, we generally refer potential clients to Domestic-pups. Some of our staff have met with and have seen first-hand the quality of work by their dedicated trainers. We believe that Domestic-pups is one of the top non-profits in the nation and deserve recognition and support from all of us.

Tonja P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Specialists in the field of training Service Dogs for seizure response, mobility issues, and movement disorders Domesti-Pups excels working with a clients needs. Not only do they turn out fabulously trained dogs they do their very best to ensure the best match. The volunteers who make this possible are so dedicated. One group of volunteers are incarcerated, Domesti-Pups is not only giving a new life to those who have disabilities, they are giving inmates the opportunity to improve their own lives through the dogs that they train.

The bond I have with my service dog is incredible. The volunteer staff at Domesti-Pups remains in your life as long as you want them to, the connection with other service dog teams helps so much as well. Domesiti-Pups connects all recipients and we all learn and grow with one another. Making this experience one truly of community and empowerment.

I would highly recommend Domesti-Pups whether you are a child, teen, or adult in need of the tasks and care a service dog can provide.

The most worthy of causes and greatest of examples.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Domesti-PUPS has far exceeded my expectations. I got my Service Dog Duke last year after having to go for two years with out an active Service Dog, as my former dog had retired.

I searched and searched to find a place that would train one for me. I applied to MANY programs. Even sent money in with my application as these places requested. I NEVER heard back from them. Which is very troubling. Not only did I have to send in my personal medical information, income information, in many of the cases they had a fee for you to pay for them to review your application.

Domesti-PUPS not only did not ask for a fee for my application to be reviewed, but they got back to me, as none of the other service dog training facilities did.

Additionally when I got accepted into the program they came and did a home visit. Asked me what my needs were, and helped me with ideas for fundraising.

I was pretty skeptical by this time, so I asked for confirmation in writing which they did, so that I had something tangible saying I was accepted into the program.

They can't tell you what dog you will get, as things can change up until just before you get partnered with your dog. The first dog they thought would be for me didn't make it through the program. They don't make promises that they can not keep.

It feels very vulnerable to have the faith that things will work out that they should. My dog Duke and I were partnered at a two week training camp. We were in a great class with other new teams. The volunteer staff at Domesti-PUPS treated us the very best, worked with our needs and educated us in the very best ways to work with our new partner.

We could ask questions, learn about others, and start getting more personal independence. The food was fantastic, our friendships with the other recipients and their families became very strong. The volunteer staff has become our friends, and they stay in touch with us regularly to help or talk if needed.

They really want you and your Service Dog to both have the best lives possible. They do not make excuses they provide solutions.

Still to this day I have never heard back from any of the other places across the country that I applied.

In my book Domesti-PUPS is the VERY BEST! They have my complete confidence, and I can't say enough good things about the new life that they have made possible for me.

I now am looking forward to volunteering with them and the new service dog teams.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so thankful to be part of this wonderful organization. Not only is my life enriched by having a dog as a companion, but then that dog goes on to make such an impact on someone else's life. A teenager can take a shower alone for the first time, a child can get up in the middle of the night and go to the bathroom alone. These organization literally saves lives by training dogs to get crucial medical care when needed. This is one of the most worthy charities you will ever find.

Shannon136

Client Served

Rating: 5

Getting Nigel, my service dog from Domesti-PUPS, has been one of the greatest experiences I've ever had. Nigel is a Balance/Mobility and Panic/Anxiety Attack Service Dog! I have fibromyalgia, panic attacks, and anxiety attacks. So Nigel will help me with my mobility problems and my balance issues. If I should have a panic or anxiety attack, I can just tell Nigel to take me out, and he will take me to the nearest exit. Or I can use him as an excuse and tell people I need to take him out to do his business, and that will get me out of a group of people that I'm uncomfortable with. Having fibromyalgia means living with pain 24/7 all over my body. Nigel will pick up things that I drop such as a remote for the TV, or the phone that's cordless, or my cell phone. He will pick those up for me so that I don't have to bend over to pick them up. I've also had a total knee replacement, and something didn't quite go the way it should in my rehab. So my knee doesn't bend all the way like it should which makes it hard for me to bend down and pick things up. Nigel is invaluable for me in that department. He keeps me steady as I'm walking. My knee can give out at any time it chooses, and having Nigel to hold onto makes me confident that there will always be someone there to hold onto as I'm walking around at a store, or wherever I am, and if I need to look at something on the bottom shelf he will be there to help me get up in a dignified way and not having to hold onto the shelves or to get up that's undignified for an adult. Nigel goes wherever I go. He even goes to doctors appointments with me. I recently had to go to an urgent care, who then sent me to an orthopedic where I found out I had sprained my ligaments in my foot (which means I tore them). I have to wear a boot on my foot all day, it's very uncomfortable, and it hurts, but Nigel is there to help me walk around. He keeps me balanced while I'm walking. He helps keep me mobile so that I can get out when I need to. I am very, very honored to of been a recipient of the Domesti-PUPS Service Dog from this organization! They will help you even after the two week training camp, all you have to do is call them, or instant message them, or text them! However you need to get in touch with them, and they will talk to you. You can also talk to other people in their alumni Association website and other people can give you their experiences on what they did if you want to do something with your dog that's different than what you were taught at camp. The best support group to have after you leave camp as well as when you're there for the two weeks they will come to your room and work with you I think they are the best out there!!

Thank you so, so much Domesti-PUPS service dogs for life ,
Shannon Frost

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit works hard to provide well trained dogs for people with disabilities as well as raise awareness on service animals. There is a therapy dog component to this organization as well. It is a benefit to our community!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I had a significant stroke in May 5 years ago and Michelle found out from my husband. She called and asked if I needed anything and in my broken speech I said a visit from "my boys" (who are my dogs) which I knew was not possible. She brought her service dog at the time, Brutus and then had a lady who had Domesti-Pup therapy dogs bring her two Westie pups to my room as well. This brought tears to my eyes and a sense of calm in the storm I was going through. It gave me reason to fight also to get up and get out of there to see my own dogs. I can't explain the true gratitude I have for this and the first hand experience of knowing the impact these type of programs have.
This caused me to be a much more involved Board Member and to tell others with physical challenges about the programs Domesti-Pups has to offer can help individuals in many settings and with physical and emotional challenges.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I are both retired with no children living nearby. Training one of our dogs to be a petting pup has been a wonderful, heartwarming experience for both of us. When you go to a nursing home and one of the residents there says "you have made my day" or you find they have had no visitors for a couple weeks or more and they smile and pet the dogs and reminisce about the dogs they had it really drives home how important these animals are in the lives of others. When you go to a troubled youth camp or a college at finals, and see all the young faces there missing their own animals you thank God you have a pet for them to relate to. When you see a child struggling at reading and week after week they slowly improve because the dog they are reading to doesn't care if they miss a word or two, you know why you do this. When a patient in a facility reacts to your pet after reacting to no one or nothing else, you know why you do this. I hope there is a therapy pet for me should I be in a situation like that. I know why we do this and urge anyone who can to do the same. There is no describing the feeling you get deep in your heart when your dog has touched someone so deeply. Thank you doesn't seem strong enough, but you know they mean it from the bottom of their heart and you know it from the bottom of your own heart. THANK YOU!!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a special education teacher. I had a dog I wanted to incorporate into my classroom and began looking at training. Other therapy dog organizations offer a much shorter training requirement but don't require testing. I wanted a quality program that backed us when we were done. Domestic-Pups is that organization! They are knowledgable, thorough and also require the therapy team to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test before validating you as a therapy team. It takes longer and a lot of hard work, but you as the trainer and your dog are very well trained once you are done. The director and trainers work out of passion for people and dogs.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization serving elderly, people with disabilities, our community, schools and much more. The therapy a dog provides is so helpful in so many ways. I have given and received from Domest-PUPS and seen what a wonderful gift they have provided many times over -

3 Katelyn W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Domesti-Pups is a great organization that gives amazing, trained dogs to people who need them, and after working with each dog every day we create a bond that no one else has with their dog. It's amazing what Domesti-Pups has done for so many people.

4 KristineB

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is truly amazing. The dogs that come from this service dog organization are extremely trained and are tailored to your medical needs. Our seven year old daughter received her service dog from them. Domesti-Pups have an extensive screening process and they make sure that the dogs that make it through the service dog program are the highest quality. They also do an amazing job of making sure that the families and recipient understand what is expected of them with the service dog. The commitment that is involved after coming home ensuring the success of the team. At camp, families are taught so much more than how to work with the service dog. The participant and service dog are taught how to be a team. Families are taught how to help their loved ones be independent. Even if that means letting go :). Not only do you get an amazing and highly trained service dog from this organization, you have a new family as well. When you leave and go home, the relationship between you and Domestic-Pups doesn't end. They are always there checking in on the continued training and bonding of the service dog team. They are always available to answer questions or to problem solve. They helped our school from the beginning by being present through phone conferences about how to incorporate my daughter's new service dog at school. They have helped with any issues that might have arise on trying to integrate my daughter and her new service dog in our daily lives. This is the best service dog organization hands down. They are truly the best out there.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Domesti-PUPS for several years, I have had the privilege to see the magic that happens when humans and dogs come together. Watching the dogs in therapy, in schools, and as service dogs shows the dedication that countless volunteers and the hundreds of hours they donate to achieve the common goal of changing lives through fully trained and certified dogs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I've participated in the therapy, service and training programs. I'm regularly impressed with Domesti-PUPS's dedication to serving their diverse clientele. You don't have to be a dog lover to appreciate the very real positive impact on people's lives, orchestrated by the volunteers and staff.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

We had a table at the 2015 Dog Expo a fundraiser one of the Domesti-PUPS volunteers yelled and threatened the Dog Club youth that were there to help at the table. I did complain but no apology was given....the kids went home crying and two of them never returned. It's sad that a non-profit organization that is supposed to help children would be so rude. There were other incidents where other volunteers from the organization were being rude and demeaning to several disabled adults.

5 Shari9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family just returned from a 12 day all expense paid dog camp. We were at a nice hotel in Lincoln NE. Everyday we were treated to meals , field trips and classroom experience to learn everything we could about my daughters new service dog. We were chauffeured around in what was jokingly called the stretch limo (passenger van) with the other families and dogs in the 2014 graduating class. Everything you would need for your dog is provided including food, treats, collar, leash, harness, grooming tools, toys and a manual w/ all the commands the dogs have been trained on. It is a life changing program for all involved. The dogs go through several tests before they are chosen as puppies for the best temperament as a service dog. Then they are trained by the inmates at 2 different correctional centers for a year or longer. On the weekends they have foster families who take the dogs with them out in the public to expose them to all the things you are likely to do like, shopping, restaurants, theaters, parks etc. During the camp you learn from the trainers who are very passionate about what they do. They teach you the proper way to execute commands and praise your dog with treats and affection which accelerates your bond with your dog. I can't express enough how well thought out and comprehensive this program is. They have been perfecting it for years and it is wonderful. At the end of the 12 days you attend a graduation ceremony at the correctional facility with a symbolic handing over the leash ceremony from the inmate to the recipient. It was a lot of hard work but the pay off is tremendous. After taking your dog home the staff is available for any questions or suggestions you may need as you continue training at home. I would highly recommend to anyone who has daily challenges. Thanks Domesti-pups, Shari Moreland -Lawlor

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My golden retriever Ronny and I have been Domesti-pup volunteers for two years now. The Domesti-pup training program was laid out in a manner that left nothing to chance. When you begin classes, you're given a step by step booklet guiding you through expectations for your team (you and your dog). Your classes are taught by highly qualified trainers who have many years of experience. Classes teach you hands on techniques which are necessary for your future as Domesti-pup volunteers.
Ronny and I serve as Edu-pups in my elementary school where his main job is as a reading pup for our Title Reading program. In our spare time, he is a petting pup for our local hospital and nursing home where he has many friends that he visits weekly. The impact of animal assisted therapy programs such as Domesti-pups cannot be measured, all you have to do is hear the joyous exclamations coming from the people your team comes into contact with. You will hear tales of how people's lives were changed/touched by even one single visit from a therapy dog team. There are few ebullient experiences you will ever have to compare being a part of this experience. Life changing!

2 Rachel123

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are Weekend Warrior volunteers for Domestipups and have thoroughly enjoyed hosting the training dogs in our home. We receive amazing support and training from the leaders of our local Domestipups group. It's a wonderful opportunity to share our mission with the public so they understand the importance of these service animals in the lives of their future owners. It is also a wonderful opportunity for rehabilitation and future job attainment for the inmates that are providing the diligent training all week at the penitentiary.

2 Roxann H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known of Domesti PUPS service to adults and children with disabilities for approximately 8-9 years. As a professional Advocate, Ombudsman, Educator for people with disabilities, I have closely watched this non-profit organization develop and expand services and programs to enhance disabled adults and children achieve their dreams in life, and educate the public about Service Dogs!

Domesti PUPS has consistently provided the support people with disabilities need to become independent, experience multi-level community inclusion, be able to attend and excell in public school education as well as having opportunities to attend colleges - universities - vocational training and be included in the traditional workforce as well as participate in volunteerism at the person's choice and dreams!

Domesti PUPS leadership in enhancing the quality of life for so many adults and children with disabilities has long inspired me professionally to also enhance the quality of life for all people with disabilities through education and advocacy across the USA, particulary in the use of Service Dogs.

Domesti PUPS also reaches out to community members who are disabled, but choose to not use a Service Dog, through ancillary programs utilizing highly trained certified Therapy Dog teams. This provides service to youth who are struggling with learning how to read, persons in hospice care, persons in residential settings, and much more!

Another innovative best-practice initiative of Domesti PUPS is their partnerships with three State prisons in two cities in Nebraska! In this initiative, Domesti PUPS trains selected inmates to provide initial training of the dogs in their Service Dog training program. This is a life altering opportunity for female and male felons to learn and master skills that enhance their conduct, self-esteem and employability when released!

To summarize my support of Domesti PUPS, I believe this non-profit organization to be a premier Service Dog training and placement program as they have enhanced the quality of life for scores of disabled adults and children in so many areas of need. They employ state of the art, innovative training for Service and Therapy Dogs - as well as their strong volunteer base - implementing the best practices in the industry.

Because of my long term admiration of and belief in this outstanding non-profit organization, when I recently retired from my career as a College Instructor and Curriculum Writer, I chose to volunteer my time and talents to Domesti PUPS.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We regularly have a great dog named, Tugger, who assists 4 teachers in a variety of classroom settings, within a Life Skills progam in a High School. Tugger brings calm and motivation to many students. Lots of students struggle with anxiety, and are uncomfortable during a 50 minute class period (perhaps all day, and as long as all the school week). As an early doubter of the impact of dogs being in the classroom, Tugger and his care provider, Shawnie, have taught me the value of having a non-judgemental, accepting-to-all, dog in the classroom setting. Tugger assists our students in validating themselves to themselves, to their peers, and beyond the classroom. Jen Lyons

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Domesti-Pups has been a great addition to the school that I work at.
The staff (pup) that works with our scholars is a great addition. Scholars always respond in positive ways to the pup, and then to everyone around them, even if the scholar is having an issue.

In addition, scholars always inquire about the pup, when she is not around. Many scholars have increased their academic capacity in: reading, drawing, talking, making projects with our pup.
Thank - you,
Tom

1 Angela100

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an active volunteer within the Domesti-Pups organization for over 7 years. During this time I have witnessed consistency in the mission and leadership. The mission "to improve the quality of life for persons with special needs through the assistance of animals and to promote awareness through education" is seen every time I see one of the dogs doing their job with Domesti-Pups. Those jobs might be visiting an elderly person in a nursing home, helping a person struggling with alzheimers remember their beloved dog, reading a book with a child and helping that child gain confidence and skill by being an non-judgemental and loving listener; or accompanying a child through their activities of daily living so that they no longer have to be afraid of being alone when they have a seizure. There are many many stories I could tell of how these dogs make a difference in people's lives. I am proud to be a Domesti-Pups volunteer!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received my service dog Richteroo from Domesti-Pups last year. I can't explain how thankful I am to them for training such an amazing dog but also for having such high standards for their dogs to train, when I recived my service dog I knew I was getting a new best friend but what I didn't know was I was getting a family too, in the time I went to go to the training camp to pick up my service dog there was not only a bond with my dog but with the people around me the trainers and the other recipients and they strive for that connection with you if there's something you need help in with your dog they are right there to help you! There's no need to worry they're just a phone call away, I've had a couple of my needs changed with Richteroo where I needed to be guided in training and the Domesti-Pups family was there to help via Skype, Phone calls and emails back and forth to help further our training. This is a great company to recive a service dog or to volenteer they are great people and do what I think is the best job in service dog training and at being there for you.

1 Jan_47

Volunteer

Rating: 4

They told me what was involved and what I needed to do to get my dog ready for he test. I live 90 miles from the test site and twice it he class was called off because of the weather. Driving conditions was a consideration and I appreciated that.
All connected with the school were concerned and helpful.

1 Mary285

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Domesti Pups does a beyond excellent job training service dogs and providing volunteers with training on how they can help. They make everyone feel included and important while providing a valuable service.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Domesti-PUPs training program has provided a wonderful experience for my Australian Shepard and me. in addition, other participants have remarked about the value of the training program. We have learned the value of always having a therapy pack, ways to control our dogs, and why the dogs need to complete the tasks in the Canine Good Citizen Test. These tasks are very important and teach the dog how to be polite while helping others. The instructor has provided many opportunities for us to understand the mission, training techniques, and how we can benefit from the suggestions offered. I am confident that upon completion of the program, the teams (dog and individual) will be very useful for those who may have special needs. In summary, the training program has been excellent and the instructor as well as other staff have been so helpful!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Domesti-PUPS is a caring and compassionate organization! I provide pet therapy visits to hospice patients, assisted living facilities, and children. The training program is extremely thorough and the instructors are very knowledgeable in all aspects of care and training. As a volunteer who has completed the program I feel comfortable and well prepared to work as a team, my dog and I, in the community. Best of all, we have a lot of fun and it is very rewarding!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Almost four years ago I joined DOMESTI-PUPS as a young weekend volunteer, and I have enjoyed every minute of my time with this organization. Other volunteers are friendly and welcoming, and the leadership is amazing. They have been flexible with me, encouraging, and always available to answer questions. This is a program I would recommend to anyone who loves dogs and people, and is interested in helping others..

2 JMOH

Client Served

Rating: 5

Every morning I awake before my daughter my stomach clenches with fear at what I may find when I open her bedroom door. We longed for a way to protect her at night when the seizures racked her body. When my daughter at age 5 was granted a wish she wished for a service dog. Make a wish allowed us to choose any organization and we chose Domesti pups. We have not regretted that for a moment. From the compassion to the actual thorough training of the dogs, to the service they provide the inmates who work with the dogs to the accommodations for training camp to follow up after. Everything far exceeded our expectations. We can't thank them enough for giving us one more tool to keep our daughter safe.

4 Farrell D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Almost 2yrs ago, when we started talking about the potential of a seizure response dog for our then 14yo daughter, we had no idea what to expect from or look for in a service dog agency. We were pointed to Domesti-PUPS, when a friend, saw an article about them in the Lincoln paper. We have learned through our experience with Domesti-PUPS, everything that a service dog agency should be.

I cannot begin to tell you how blessed we were to not only apply but to be approved by Domesti-PUPS. We learned everything we needed to know about having, working with and maintaining a service dog AND found a new family in Domesti-PUPS staff and alumni.

As thorough as training is with Domesti-PUPS, it is the intangibles that make them great. It is evident in everything that Michelle, Michele, Marri, Anne and a host of others do, they care not only for the dogs they spend 2 years training, but for each person who is training to handle their new friend.

Thank you, all of the volunteers, trainers, puppy raisers and so many others for everything you do. Your tireless efforts DO make a difference!