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Four Paws To Freedom

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Target demographics: Veterans and First Responders

Geographic areas served: Sacramento valley and surrounding areas

Programs: Service Dog Training and Facility Dog Training

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very Knowledgeable and compassionate staff. Great to work with. This is one of the few organizations that provide this type of service that are legitimate and care deeply about their mission. It is a privilege to be on one of their classes and contribute to their cause.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This non-profit has helped to change my life And Driver’s for the better. After serving in the military certain tasks of daily life where difficult. I often would find myself freezing in big groups, being so anxious that it was hard to think. Not only has working with 4Paws2Freedom helped build a special bond with my service dog, but they gave me the tools I needed to overcome my fears and a friend to do so with. She is soft and fluffy and golden and helps me not only in feeling comfortable out in society but also at home By aiding me I. Getting up and down at the end of the day when your just a little to soar from the days activities. My service dog keeps me grounded, calms me and loves me just the way I am and I love her too. Thank you for the tools support and help to succeed you have given me 4Paws2Freedom. -E.C.

Andrea D.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Apparently when I tried to post this, it only showed 1 star. It was supposed to show 5.
Have known their Master Trainer, Terry since 2007. She has helped me train 2 service dogs. The one pictured at his 2nd graduation, we jokingly said he had doggie adhd.
Terry is a vivacious, caring, patient person, with oodles of knowledge on training, dog behavior, and tips.
Any new trainers will have a sound basis in dog training with the instruction they receive from her.
The organization is much more than dog/people team training. Many events for veterans, fundraising, community support are also either supported with booths and volunteers, or put on by them.
In my opinion, this is definitely an organization for which to give of your time and financial backing.
It has been a pleasure to watch them grow over these past years.
Andrea and Bently

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a board member of Rocklin Residents Unite For Fido/Healing Heroes. We provide the funding for some of the veterans in the classes that Four Paws to Freedom provides. We have worked with Terry, the founder, for about 5 years, and have had heartwarming results. Terry has the amazing ability to pair dogs to veterans, and to know if a veteran will benefit from her classes. She, and her other trainers, teach the veterans how to train their own dogs...a very successful process. I have personally seen veterans who wouldn't/couldn't interact with others becoming able to give a talk in front of strangers about their experiences...thanks to Four Paws to Freedom.

Donald Timothy T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

THe impact that a Service Dog has on a Veteran with PTSD is amazing, I have seen many lives change, That is why I chose to support 4 Paws 2 Freedom.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a service dog trainer at 4 Paws 2 Freedom since it started in 2014. I have watched this organization grow over the past years from teaching one service dog class at the Rocklin Dog Park Special Needs area, to offering service dog classes in Roseville, Placerville, Sacramento, American River College, Beale Air Force Base, and Rancho Cordova. We now have 5 dog trainers on staff to meet the needs of all the classes we teach.

What makes 4 Paws 2 Freedom a Great Nonprofit is the organizations commitment to offer respect and kindness to everyone who walks through the door. These values are held by the staff and each and every volunteer. As dog trainers we understand that every person in our class comes from a different life situation, even if all of the humans are veterans with PTSD. We know that the means by which we learn will be different from person to person, dog to dog and situation to situation. To help each team meet their goal, we must address each individually.

Week by week, as we get to know each team, we assess their skills and help them grow. Because we spend time with them we are aware when they are having ups and downs in their lives. We are there to help them work with their dogs through the rough times and to celebrate the successes. Training a service dog is time consuming and requires a great deal of patience and repetition! But it is through the training that the healing begins to happen.

What I can tell you about this work and this organization is that I see more miracles in a year than most people see in a lifetime. I have seen lives literally saved by these dogs. I have seen lives changed for the better, again and again. The ways in which these dogs can help people is beyond measure. But it takes a team like 4 Paws 2 Freedom to put it all together; a group of knowledgeable, kind, compassionate people, who work tirelessly to better the lives of others.
Terry

Doug M.2

Donor

Rating: 5

4Paws2Freedom is an amazing organization. As a Desert Storm Veteran I am aware of the effects of living with PTSD. This organization is instrumental in helping Veterans and First Responders receive and train the dogs that can help those living with PTSD live a more normal and fulfilling life. I highly recommend and support this cause.

Carolyn P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found 4 Paws 2 Freedom through my church. I was looking for a volunteer opportunity and found that they needed office help.

It's fun to come to work where there are dogs!

I'm impressed by how knowledgeable the dog trainers are. And they are such nice people.

My husband is a Vietnam veteran. My father was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force for over twenty years. So I feel at home with the veterans who come here. It's such an honor to do my small part in helping them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great Team! Great Dogs! Great experience! I'm very pleased to work with 4 Paws 2 Freedom!

1 Mike54

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a disabled USAF veteran from the 1960's. I have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that results in disabilities affecting vision, hearing, mobility and balance. I used a cane for 30 years, until my shoulder was failing due to the use, and the VA Physical Therapy could not help. I fell perhaps 2, to 3 times a week. The predecessor to Four Paws to Freedom, Four-Paws For Vets, and the same Master Trainer provided me and a service dog training that enabled the dog to assist me with all those disabilities. I can truly say that such a gift is priceless. It restores a freedom lost in the service to my country.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I became a Board Member with 4Paws2Freedom approximately 3 years ago. I luckily met Terry Sandhoff, Master Trainer. Terry is an amazing person and her knowledge of dogs and dog training is phomenal.

My father served for 33 years in the Air Force. He flew in the Berlin Air Lift and was on one of the last planes to leave Vietnam.

I am proud to have been a Miltary "Brat".

My love for my father and military life enabled me to developed a special place in my life for Veterans and have been an animal lover all of my life - . Making 4Paws2Freedom the perfect match for me.


It is rewarding meeting and working with Veterans, both male and females of all ages and their Service Dogs in training.

I have fostered one puppy and another older dog, in my home. Both were placed with Veterans to train as their Service Dog with 4Paws2Freedom. The puppy was particularly hard to let go, but knowing that he had a “job” and that he would improve the veterans life and become half of an amazing team made the loss less traumatic.

I look forward to continuing my commitment to 4Paws2Freedom for as long as I’m able. 4Paws2Freedom has also enhanced my and my own dogs lives.

LindavGrindstaff

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Donor

Rating: 5

4Paws2Freedom trainers work with veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The veterans and their service dogs in-training work together under the guidance of Master Trainer Terry Sandhoff and her staff of highly qualified trainers in this one (1) year program designed to minimize the negative effects of PTSD as a result of military service to our country. This program has changed and saved the lives of countless veterans. 22 veterans die by suicide every day. 4Paws2Freedom makes a difference every day - 1 veteran & 1 dog at a time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Before 4paws2freedom I was honestly a little lost. I had done all the therapy. I’ve had been using my wife and daughters as my service dog. Then I decided to make the next step in growing from my PTSD. Trying to go to college. So I found 4paws thru the American River College Veteran resource center. I was all in. We start training my dog to be my service dog. I’ve never looked back. Working with this organization has given me my life’s work. I’ve joined the organization as a service dog trainer and board member and couldn’t be happier. If you need a service dog give us a call let us help you. You won’t regret it. I don’t.