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.
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...
I love animals and am in need of doing some community service very soon.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
Provided me with a life saving dog! They changed my life, and with my dog, I now have have my independence back!
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.
They go over and above to make sure the dogs are perfectly trained for their jobs, service or therapy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ,