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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

Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

1 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.

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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!

1 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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

1 Chrystal-N-Sherman

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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!!

1 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.

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!