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Causes: Animal Training, Animals, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Health, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Rehabilitative Care, Veterans

Mission: Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc., was created for the charitable purpose of rescuing, raising, training and then donating medical service/assistance dogs to mentally and/or physically impaired individuals to provide assistance, independence and improve the quality of life of both the recipient and the dog. In addition, it is our goal to promote education and pioneer research studies to further advancement of service dog training, raise public awareness regarding the laws pertaining to service dogs and lessen the dependency of the handicapped on government, communities, caregivers and families.

Results: We are so very proud to say that of veterans receiving our service dogs, the suicide, attempted suicide and divorce rates have fallen to ZERO. Additionally, our recipients report reduction or elimination of necessary prescription medications, improved family and community life - even a return to the workforce! This is not a quick fix, or a feel-good program. This is a life-altering solution for those suffering from PTSD.

Target demographics: disabled veterans suffering from PTSD &/or physical disabilities

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: federally protected, individually-trained medical service dogs

Community Stories

91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Advisor

Rating: 5

The Guardian Angel organization staff and trainers are nothing short of outstanding. It is clear within minutes how well led, organized, professional, and caring everyone is at Guardian Angels. They truly make a difference.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a Police Sgt who was injured in the line of duty. I sustained a TBI a spinal cord injury as well as other injuries. I lost my memories of anything before assault. I felt I had lost everything. No memories, couldn’t work, constant pain, PTSD I had it all. Then I was paired with my service dog, Thor, and everything changed. He had my back and I could focus on me. He is always with me and we are a team. I depend on him and he on me. I’m starting to get my life back as much as possible. I don’t know where I’d be without Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs. They truly save lives.

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2 Gary D.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experiance with GAMSD has been nothing short of miraculous. From the jntial training, to interaction pre and post pairing with Brooks. Who by the way is amazing. She has been all I ever hoped and then Some. She is exceptionally well behaved and trained so well. She is my best friend and has changed my life. Every time i am out somewhere i get comments on how well behaved she is. In short she is my shining light, and i have so much praise for GAMSD.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for the organization in 2011 after I was able to witness the significant positive changes one of their medical service dogs had on my father. In 2013 I was asked to join the board of directors and now I get to be part of an organization that gives back to the disabled in our country. I love my role at GAMSD and look forward to every opportunity where we can help others.

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2 Melanie Ann D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Guardian Angels saved me when years of VA visits and many different prescriptions did nothing but make me feel like I was on a roller coaster. I was sponsored for my dog and she has given me my life back. Without this agency I might not be here today!

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Frank S.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have applied and pyt in paperwork for this company 3+ years ago! I have consistently called them and sent emails and the excuses are still going! I put all my trust into this company and they failed! I believe them and thought this was the normal process in getting a service dog! This has prompted me to look elsewhere and start all over again. I was forced to say something so that no other veterans have to go through this long wait to get the help they need. The person that I delt with during most of this long process was Debbie.

Rod L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Rocket and I have been paired a little over 3 years. I do not know where I would be without him. He alerts me to all my medical needs. medicalservicedogs.org is an amazing organization that has given me my life back in the form of a new normal. I am a veteran, there are 22 veterans who commit suicide on a daily basis but those paired with Medical Service dogs from this organization
are not a part of that statistic. I can not pay it forward enough to them.
Please choose them, they help so many.
Thank you

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Sarah180

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have being paired for 5 years and every time that I have needed one of them, trainers, office manager, Carol, volunteers, they are just one phone call away to aid me, thanks to the effort of all of them I'm alive today, because without them Hero my service dog wouldn't be possible for me. They were just the brightest star that shine when I needed the most, I called their farm Home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name Is Sarah, I am the recipient of #superservicedog Hero.
Before receiving Hero in 2014 I was a complete shut in, meaning I rarely left my house, and when I did it usually ended very badly and would take me days to recover. In April 2014 I was paired with Hero and my life suddenly changed and I started to venture out into the world again. Now I am able to go places and talk to people and be normal once again! I not only received Hero, but they also have become my friends and some I consider my family. The love and support of all the staff is awesome!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been with my Nina for a year now. During that time we have had our ups and downs, and through it all Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs has assisted with follow up training both at our house and the farm.
Follow up phone calls and concern for our joint success.
Nina and I have succeeded and grown together , by the network of trainers, office staff, volunteers, foster families and fellow recipients. We are better than before and stronger today than yesterday.
I've learned I must trust my dog as much as I trust my new family , my new Guardian Angels Medical Service Dog family.
Jim and Nina

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Jim and my Guardian Angels Medical Service Dog is "Nina".
I first contacted them just over two years ago. We took our tri- pod miniature pincher "Piper" in for evaluation.
Our first contact was with Deborah Foor and she set the evaluation appointment.
The Kennel Master came out and evaluated Piper and said he was smart enough but this is a 24/7 job and would be too much for his little feet and 3 legs.
Then they explained how as a Veteran and if vetted properly and approved i may qualify for one of these life saving dogs for free at no cost to me.
We got the application and then moved a few months later. Finally I submitted the paperwork and got approved.
It took me over a year and half to get paired.
During my waiting period I attended several events and then met and made friends with other previously united recipients. I urge folks to do this as it gives you an education in waiting that for me proved to proved to be invaluable.
I would get dissapointed and other recipients would get me to chill out.
I would keep in contact with Deborah Foor and other staff and not once was I made to feel I was being a pain.
I have had my Nina home a week now and her and Piper are doing better each day. Nina and I are bonding much better each day and I have had her at a meeting, out to the mall for lunch and she is doing outstanding.
GAMSD has a unique blend of staff, trainers (which I found out have a multitude of training backgrounds), volunteers, foster families and even the board of directors are made up of God given talents.
Nina and I are new to each other and she is already alerting me for my specific needs, but the way she is adjusting and they are training me I feel the future will give me a quality of life , the likes I haven't seen in years. Thank you Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, and the sponsors to make this a "new normal".

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They work very hard to provide people with disabilities a proven management tool to make our lives easier. My dog lets me know when my PTSD is kicking in and to use the dog to help manage my symptoms.

Robert B.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been paired with my service dog for 3 years now. Through the 3 years the staff at Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs has helped with follow up training, and currently we are in ghe process of new training for new medical conditions. We have never been charged for anything related to the Service dog training.
This organization really cares for peopke with Disabilities and it shows.

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1 Jody S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being medically separated from the military, I am riddled with issues. I had bi lateral adrenal failure/cancer. This needless to say has caused my blood sugar and blood pressures to become uncontrolled, volatile/lethal.

As you can imagine, my life became that of a non stop pharmacy. Evry pain, headache etc became "is this it, I'm about to die."

Suicide became an option, but to the point that I welcomed death. Social anxiety and PTSD then ensued. Working wasnt viable, leaving the somewhat comforts of my home became a battle with my family.

Finally, at work, having a conversation with a co worker about my most recent episode of PTSD, we discussed a dog (option given many times by my DR, but my wife has allergies, etc) and this was overhead by a co worker who happened to be a chair person for PNC Bank and thier fund raising event Mutt Strut, they immediately TOLD ME I was getting a dog. They didnt ask. They informed me of other employees at PNC who have recieved dogs and the benefits to thier lives.

I must admit that I was skeptical, nervous and excited. Through the vetting process, as not everyone is eligible for a dog, I felt at ease that the right decision was being made. The staff, the volunteers the facilities are ultra reflective of their passions for ME and my new battle buddy Nick.

I will tell you that the bonding process is not only with your dog, but it will also be with everyone involved. Leaving g the farm and its inhabitants was super hard.

Finally, one week after returning, I had a MD appt. My blood pressure was HALF...sugar was way better. My coworkers whonhadmt seen or talked to me for months were amazed at the change on me. My nurse who has known me for 8 years said I was way different, my head wasnt on a swivel,I talked slower, I wasnt high strung... I OWE IT ALL TO GUARDIAN ANGELS.....thisbisna life I never thought could happen...yet here I am.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Marine veteran and began a teaching career as a High School Asst. Band Director/Band Director immediately upon returning to WV. In the spring of 2015, I sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury in a motor vehicle accident and was subsequently permanently disabled from teaching 6 months later.

After teaching for 20 years and the last 5 working a part-time job, I had also become an empty nester at the same time I became disabled. Recovering from a TBI requires a lot of rest—that’s when the PTSD crept in because I no longer had anything to keep my mind busy.

I finally (after 20 years) sought help at my local VA—and they have been great. But when you live with chronic pain, major depression, PTSD, TBI—it became too much for me on 26 Dec 17.

I walked into my VA’s Mental Health lobby and swallowed an undetermined amount of muscle relaxers. Ended up in ICU and landed myself in a lockdown unit at another VA.

I have been in residential treatment, outpatient treatment, in addition to my standing weekly therapy appointments. It was helping, but just wasn’t enough. And then....

A good friend of mind told me our local cable company Armstrong had raised enough money to give 5 local vets service dogs and encouraged me to apply. I am so glad I did.

Before I came to “the farm” at Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs and was paired with Yogi—my life was going to the VA Monday-Thursday. I couldn’t go to any store independently, I wouldn’t even step outside.

Yogi is giving me my life back and there really are no words to express the gratitude I feel for everyone having a hand in this amazing pairing.

The bonus of this experience was leaving with 4 lifelong friends. I knew I was going to be paired with a service dog but that’s about as far as my thought process allowed me to go. All veterans have an instant connection regardless of branch, we all miss the commraderie. What’s so extraordinary about “The Fab Five”—the fact that we never had to have the “what are you in for talk”. There was an unspoken, sincere, respectful understanding of where we had all been and that we were moving forward together.

There is zero chance I’ll be part of the 22 a day with Yogi by my side. We are a team and I will never let him down.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about GAMSD. They paired me with my Super Service Dog Angel on January 24th 2019. She has already changed my life in just this short time. The experience I had with GAMSD has been absolutely amazing. They truly are the best at what they do, and they are worth the wait it sometimes takes to be paired with a dog. So glad I found them! I dont know what I would've done without them! Thank you GAMSD. Thank you so much.

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3 GinaJ

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a First Responder during the OKC Bombing on 04/19/1995. I have suffered a traumatic brain injury and Epilepsy that has been difficult to control. Guardian Angels paired me with a very special Seizure Alert and Response Animal last month. He has already been alerting me and has prevented multiple falls for me. Although we are still in our honeymoon period- he has already enriched my life and made my world a safer place.
The trainers and office staff showed such patience and empathy- thank you seems inadequate. My family and I will be forever grateful.
Gina and Rhino the “Apache” Warrior

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to thank the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Inc. for the Opportunity to train my dog Rocky. Both of my trainers were excellent and knowledgeable and very helpful. Rocky makes my life so much easier on a daily basis. This organization does a wonderful job.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. truly unleashes the power to heal! As an employee at Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. I get to witness first hand all the hard work that goes into each and every one of of these dogs. As a participant in the fostering program, I also get to experience how much patience, dedication and time it takes to train one service dog. Fostering a service dog was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had here at GAMSD and I look forward to doing it again in the future!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hi,

I work for Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs and I can say first hand that this company walks the walk when it comes to giving everything they have to serve those with disabilities and it doesn't stop with just our recipients either. I myself suffered Traumatic Brain Injury in a car accident approx 3 years ago and Guardian Angels gave me a shot at having as normal of a life as possible by hiring me. They have been amazing!! And it has been amazing for my recovery and my family. They know I have certain limitations and most importantly work around them with me to help me succeed. When Guardian Angels say they care about helping people with disabilities, they mean it and they prove it on daily basis. I am but one example of this among the many and I look forward to giving that same gift back to others and I am proud and grateful to be able to do that alongside such a heartfelt and honest company like Guardian Angels.

Thank you ,

Chris

3 Andrea G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5


Haylee unfortunately was in the 1200 building at MSD on, February 14th, the day of one of the largest mass school shootings. On the day of love, she heard and witnessed 17 friends and staff members shot and killed before her eyes. Since then she has been suffering with anxiety attacks, terrifying nightmares, and the fear of being alone. However, Spree instantly put the smile back on her face, the ability to sleep soundly, and to know she’s never alone. Spree is giving her the strength to move forward, one day at a time, with the same determination and confidence she had prior to this horrific day. We are forever grateful to all the hard workers at the Guardian Angels medical support dogs that make this even possible. From the moment we stepped on the farm we were treated with nothing but love and support. Each one, of the many, who touch our lives, will be in our hearts forever. With all the hate we see around the world these days, it’s amazing to feel the love!

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5 markamis

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would like to thank everyone involved in my pairing,Miranda who helped me with my application ,the persons who approved my application,Debbie for arranging all of my travel, there was so many, TOM , James, Jena ,
Christine, Julie , and so many more, I felt so privileged, and was one of the happiest days I've had in a long time when i met Thor for the first time, they made us all feel at home and they made our training fun,
also I have made such great new friends, Thank you all from the bottom of my heart,

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have recently been paired with Kash at GAMSD and am already seeing a difference in my life. I have not been able to walk in five years and had surgery to help me walk again; however, I still lose balance frequently. Kash helps me balance and get up (when I need assistance). He has an amazing personality and everyone just loves him. I feel safer having him near me and have been able to go to stores without assistance. My parents said that they can see my self confidence rising and that I seem to be glowing. I have never slept better and feel that my life has already tremendously improved. I can never thank the sponsors or GAMSD enough for helping place this amazing Service Dog in my life. I cannot imagine how I ever got along without him.

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6 gobronto

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a recipient of one of their service dogs at "Guardian Angel Medical Service Dogs." The staff is absolutely wonderful, and I could not be happier with my service dog. I really hope that GAMSD grows, and are capable of offering this opportunity to even more veterans. It is amazing the positive impact this has made in my life, and I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone involved with this program.

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5 CnDVitale

Volunteer

Rating: 5

On Monday 19, February 2018 we got Rhino. He will be the 20th dog that we will work with as foster trainers. Our volunteer "job" is to take a trained dog, usually around a year old, that has very little exposure to dealing with everyday life and take them everyplace you go, shopping, movies, doctors, etc. Let the dog meet people and experience so they will be ready when paired and not require their partner to deal with some of the surprises of life that can be upsetting for a dog.
One constant refrain we hear is how well behaved and gentle they are. To me a significant difference is that they do all the training keeping it consistent. We as fosters attend a weekly meeting to keep these skills, report progress, and advise of any difficulties that may arise. And yes, they have their own personalities.
We continue to do this and enjoy seeing updates on Facebook, webpage, and their newsletters. If you've ever wondered if you make a difference for others this leaves no doubt.

4 Ann_125

Board Member

Rating: 5

I wish I could convey all that is good about this organization in one post. I can't. It is such an honor to be a part of the Board of Directors for such a trust-worthy and progressive organization. People who are in need of a medical service dog need not worry about paying for one of these specially-trained dogs. They may have to wait awhile, but they are never charged a fee for their dog. True, mostly Veterans and First Responders are on the waiting list because most of the donations received are earmarked for helping them, but that doesn't mean that civilians aren't also helped.

Complaints are few, but when they are received, they are treated with the utmost respect and transparency. It would not do any good for us to engage in a back-and-forth repartee. Instead, we do our own internal investigation and if a grain of truth can be found anywhere in the complaint, we resolve to make any change needed to do better. That is a duty we have to our sponsors, to hold ourselves accountable for those things we could be doing better. Honesty and openness are rooted deeply in our philosophy and the people we have employed are hard-working and professional.

So much has happened in just this past year to make it clear that we are doing what we should be doing in a most responsible and cost-effective way. So many people have been helped and so many more are awaiting the help that we can give. There is no better place for me to be spending may volunteer hours at than the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

In answer to Amber82: The wait times for the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs are described as follows:

1) With our original program we will fully train the dog for you and once it is ready, we will have you come spend a few days training with your new dog. Currently, the wait for this program is one year or less for a PTSD dog and one to two years for other disabilities such as mobility and hearing impairment, etc.

2) Our “Foster Pairing” program allows you to take a dog home within the first month. The wait for this program is about 6 months.

Please contact "Debbie@MedicalServiceDogs.com" to see where you are on the waiting list, if you'd like. Thanks.

8 Harley R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1



WHY WOULD THIS ORGANIZATION FIRE AN EMPLOYEE WITH A SEIZURE DISORDER, THIS IS ONE OF THE DISABILITIES THEIR DOGS ARE TRAINED FOR.

MY DAUGHTER HAD BEEN EMPLOYED THERE SINCE NOVEMBER. THIS PAST WEEK SHE SUFFERED A SEIZURE AT WORK AND WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL.TODAY SHE WAS CALLED BY A SUPERVISOR.....SHE WAS FIRED. OF COURSE OTHER REASONS WERE STATED, TOO MANY SICK DAYS....HER SEIZURES INCREASE WITH STRESS AND SHE ALWAYS HAD A NOTE FROM HER DOCTOR OR THE HOSPITAL.

HER STRESS LEVEL HAS BEEN THROUGH THE ROOF LATELY. HER DOCTOR HAD TO PUT HER ON ANXIETY MEDS TO TRY AND CONTROL THE SEIZURES. MANY TIMES SHE HAS COME HOME CRYING AND MOSTLY IT'S FOR THE DOGS. SHE LOVES THOSE DOGS AND FEELS THAT THEY'RE NOT PROPERLY CARED FOR. SHE HAS BROUGHT UP ISSUES REPEATEDLY ON DOG SAFETY THAT ARE ALWAYS IGNORED.

MOST RECENTLY THEY HAVE BEEN PUTTING UP NEW FENCES. MORE FENCES MORE DOGS, MORE DONATION SPONSORED DOGS, ONLY THEY ARE BEING RUSHED THROUGH LEAVING ROUGH AND SHARP EDGES IN THE CHAIN LINK EXPOSED. THE DOGS ARE BEING CUT CONSTANTLY AS WELL AS THE EMPLOYEES. MY DAUGHTER HAS COME HOME WITH MANY MANY INJURIES. NOT ONLY THE FENCE BUT DOG BITES AND NIPS AND SCRATCHES NOT TO MENTION FOOT INJURIES. SHE ACTUALLY TOOK IT UPON HERSELF TO START FILING DOWN THESE SHARP EDGES ON HER BREAKS, BECAUSE SHE FELT SO BAD FOR THE DOGS AND MANAGEMENT COULDN'T CARE LESS. I'VE ASKED HER SEVERAL TIMES IF SHE REPORTED THE INJURY....APPARENTLY THAT IS NOT ENCOURAGED.

CONTAMINATED PREMISES.THE YARDS ARE ALARMINGLY INFESTED WITH HOOK WORM. THEY DO TREAT THE DOGS BUT THE INFESTATION IS SO SEVERE THAT THEY ARE CONSTANTLY REINFECTED AND THE HOOK WORM HAS NOW ENTERED THE MUSCLES OF MOST OR ALL OF THE DOGS, MEANING THEY WILL NEVER GET RID OF IT. IT WILL LAY DORMANT UNTIL TIMES OF STRESS OR OTHER FACTORS. HUMANS CAN AND DO BECOME INFECTED BY THEIR PETS AND THE HEALTH RISKS TO HUMANS CAN BECOME PROBLEMATIC ESPECIALLY IF IT IS NOT DETECTED EARLY OR IF THE HUMANS IMMUNE SYSTEM IS COMPROMISED AS IS THE CASE OF MANY HANDICAPPED PERSONS. IF YOU HAVE A DOG FROM THIS FACILITY I STRONGLY SUGGEST TO SEARCH OUT AVAILABLE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PARASITE. THESE DOGS ALL LIVE OUTSIDE THEIR ENTIRE LIFE UNTIL THEY ARE PLACED, THEN, OFTEN TIMES THE DOGS DO NOT TAKE WELL WITH LIVING INDOORS AND STRESS IS PRODUCED SETTING OFF A NEW HOOK WORK PROBLEM IN THEIR NEW HOME. MY DAUGHTER WAS WARNED NEVER TO WEAR THE SHOES OR BOOTS INTO OUR HOUSE THAT WERE WORN AT WORK BECAUSE WE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE CONTRACTED THE HOOK WORM. IT IS SPREAD THROUGH THE ANIMALS FECES, EVEN IF YOU CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOG IT CAN REMAIN IN THE SOIL, WALKING BAREFOOT THROUGH THAT AREA IS ALL IT WOULD TAKE OR WEARING THOSE SHOES INDOORS.......PLEASE TAKE PRECAUTIONS AND HAVE YOUR ANIMALS TESTED.

UNSANITARY CONDITIONS... THE HOSES AND AREA USED TO WASH THE DOGS WATER AND FOOD BOWLS IS THE SAME AS WHAT IS USED TO CLEAN FECAL MATTER. THIS IS 3RD WORLD SANITATION AND PURE LAZINESS....THEN WHEN IT RAINS THE MUD CREATED ALONG WITH THE INFESTATION BECOMES A HEALTH HAZARD, IF IT SPLASHES ON YOU OR GETS IN YOUR EYES AS IT HAS DONE WITH ALL OF THE EMPLOYEES AT SOME POINT THE HEALTH RISK CAN BECOME CRITICAL ....THE LIST GOES ON AND ON.

THE VISITORS AND VOLUNTEERS ARE NEVER EVER SHOWN OR MADE AWARE OF THE MANY INFRACTIONS. THEY ONLY HAVE ONE BATHROOM FOR 20+ EMPLOYEES. WHEN THEY HAVE DONATION DRIVES THEY SHIP IN TOP OF THE LINE, "DONATION PROVIDED" BATHROOMS, AIR CONDITIONED WITH ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES, PROMPTLY REMOVED WHEN THE FUNCTION IS OVER.

EMPLOYEES ARE NEVER GIVEN PAY STUBS SO THEY CAN NEVER VERIFY THE ACCURACY OF THEIR AUTOMATIC DEPOSIT PAYCHECK. THEY ARE NEVER TOLD AT HIRING THAT THE FIRST FEW DAYS THEY WON'T BE GETTING PAID, THEY ARE ON VOLUNTEER STATUS .EMPLOYEES ARE NEVER GIVEN ANYTHING IN WRITING INCLUDING MY DAUGHTERS VERBAL TERMINATION SO THEIR "SHAKY POLICIES" CAN NEVER COME BACK AND HURT THEM.

I DON'T HAVE ALL OF THE LEGAL STATUTES FOR" NON PROFIT" STATUS FOR ORGANIZATIONS BUT FROM WHAT I'VE BEEN TOLD MONEY IS THE FIRST AND FOREMOST CONSIDERATION FOR THIS ORGANIZATION. THEIR "ANIMAL CARE SPECIALISTS" MAKE 9 DOLLAR AN HOUR AND THE WORK IS EXHAUSTING.THEY HAVE AN EXTREMELY HIGH ATTRITION RATE, VERY FEW EMPLOYEES LAST MORE THAN A FEW MONTHS, THEY DON'T CARE, THEY'LL GET NEW ONES. THEY DON'T EVEN CARE IF THE NEW EMPLOYEE LIKES DOGS, THERE HAVE BEEN CASES WHERE EMPLOYEES HAVE ABUSED THE DOGS. INSTEAD OF PAYING VALUABLE EMPLOYEES DECENT WAGES AND FAIR WORKING CONDITIONS NOT TO MENTION SIMPLY ADHERING TO FEDERAL ACTS REGARDING EMPLOYMENT OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE, IT'S EASIER FOR THEM TO JUST BE REPLACED. THE DOGS SUFFER FROM THIS THE MOST.
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6 Randy R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Life has changed so much and has become livable again. All because of Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs and their donors. The compassion they have for the recipients can not be compared to any other Non-Profit Service Dog agency that I have tried to deal with. Their love for Veterans and EMS workers hands above the rest. So I thank you all for helping me get my life to a "new" normalcy. Thanks

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Rodolfo Lorie, I am a disabled veteran who is a 2 time recipient from Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc at www.medicalservicedogs.org They are a 501c non profit. Each dog costs between $20,000 and $22,000 dollars to train and at no expense for the veterans, like myself, who receive them. They stepped up where the VA wouldnt. There are 22 veterans who commit suicide on a daily basis and I was almost one of them. My dogs name is Rocket. He helps me with all my medical conditions wether they are visible or invisible wounds. He warns me, shields me, alerts me to my medical needs and is the equivalent of my 4 legged nurse. He loves me unconditionally. I was lost but I was found, twice. He is my Guardian Angel. With Rockets help I have felt a new lease on life and I wanted to pay it forward, I wrote a song about Rocket, available thru their website with 100% of all donations going to them and you also get a cd in return! #winwin, theres also a music video of the song on youtube

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We love the fabulous team and trainers at GAMSD. They have changed our life and even become part of our family! Our dog Maci has helped stablize my husband in a way that medication never could. He is able to do so much more than before because of what a wonderful helper she is. We get compliments on her behavior everywhere we go, even when other dogs in public act up she is a perfect assistant who always keeps her focus on him. I don't know where we would be without her and the incredible training she has had. Their program is second to none and we recommend them to anyone we know who truly needs a service dog. I was nervous taking on this journey as a family but Maci fits with us as if she was always meant to be part of our family and that's thanks to Carol's team of trainers. They have been wonderful at assisting us even after we brought her home as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Chloe and I was paired a year ago, This organization has stood by our side the last 365 days! What a change in my life it has been! Carol and Cody are the best in the business!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I truly believe that Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs saved my daughter's life by pairing her with a wonderful service dog who is always by her side. With multiple medical issues, and after 7 years of therapy and medications, my child had lost hope. She was unable to go anywhere independently and panic attacks were the norm. One year later, the difference is miraculous. She was able to socialize at the weekly training sessions in Williston, and she's progressed to being able to drive around town with her dog and do the things that so many of us take for granted. I've seen so many people have a second chance at life with the help of GAMSD. Carol and the staff are always eager to help and encourage. Honestly can't describe how a well-trained and loving service dog can be all the difference in someone's life. I can't thank GAMSD enough.

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3 Conrad2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for Guardian Angels. Words cannot express my gratitude.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a recent recipient of a GAMSD i can personally attest to the difference my service dog has made in my daily life struggles. First off, i want to acknowledge the staff that put in the countless hours that molded my service dog into the companion he is today. The trainers were unbelievable. Justin and Meg were extremely knowledgable and supportive in our training while at the facility. Dustin, Carl, Debbie, Chris, everyone on the team was extremely helpful and supportive in the pairing and training process. I cant thank the staff of Guardian Angel Medical Service Dogs enough. You truly have made an everlasting impact on my life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GAMSD helped me to live a normal life..I am a Desert Storm Veteran and have PTSD from my service. I had become reclusive and only left my house to go to work or grocery shopping. Thanks to GAMSD i am able to do and go everywhere and feel secure going.
Thanks for giving me my life back

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Phenominal organization! First class and above board all the way. It is a mission, a calling, to everyone involved.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My loved one's super GAMSD service dog has been a blessing since she became part of our family awhile ago.

And, our family became part of the GAMSD family.

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs is a great 501(c)(3) non-profit that performs a labor of love in their dedicated training of service dogs for veterans and people with disabilities.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs (GAMSD) provides an immense service to people with disabilities. They are quite special in how they specifically train service dogs for each disabled handlers' specific needs and disabilities. GAMSD service dogs are "guardian angels" for the disabled veterans and disabled people they assist with their disabilities. When people meet GAMSD service dogs, they know first hand how unique and extraordinary these service dogs really are. Please help GAMSD with donations and volunteer services because GAMSD truly deserves all this support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Best organization, best people, unreal results. Guardian Angels makes the impossible possible, and teaches those of us who forgot how to live in peace, find our zen again. Nowhere else do you have the chance to save someone's life so directly, then shake that persons hand. I know this to be true because they saved mine.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Guardian Angels is a magical, wonderful organization which changes peoples lives for the much better, forever. They have helped me a disabled combat veteran, through their truly SUPER SERVICE DOG Ranger whom I was paired with, overcome six years of progressively more and more debilitating depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation.

Prior to pairing with Ranger, my life was in shambles. I did not sleep more than a couple hours a night and when I did sleep I would have awful nightmares, I would be so overcome with anxiety and panic during the day that I would find myself locked in a bathroom stall terrified, then when I would return home I would isolate myself out of depression. Most seriously I was in constant deliberation about taking my own life, something that I considered every single day. I had lost sight of the worth of my own life, and could not even describe what happiness was or could be. I was a walking dead man.

Within the first hours of pairing, Ranger was waking me up from nightmares, shielding me in public, and out of absolute necessity sleeping on top of my head in bed to make sure I knew he was there. He lifted every fear, anxiety, and depression from my shoulders with ease. We are really in tune with each other now, he catches my anxiety before I even know it is there, and delivers calm in life 24/7. I still struggle with PTSD, it will always be there waiting for the opportunity to jump into my life, but as long as I have Ranger around I know that we will meet whatever it throws at me head on, together, as a team.

Bottom line: I would not be alive today without them. They literally saved my life, and in addition gave my wife her husband back, and my son his dad back. They WILL change your life, so the real question is why aren't you calling them right now to allow them to change yours.

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