This program helps EVERYONE involved, from the dogs who get rescued from shelters, the trainers in the prison who never reoffend, society at large because the inmates who train come back into society more healthy and law-abiding, and most of all, the homes where the dogs are placed. These dogs bring safety, peace, and joy to children and veterans otherwise experiencing difficulty, and the effects are nothing short of miraculous.
Want to know what makes this an even better program? People in need aren't turned away because they don't have thousands of dollars to pay for the dog; this program GIVES the dogs to qualified families who can be responsible for the upkeep of the service animal.
My family attended the service dog graduation this year, and I was just in tears when I saw how much the program helps people. We are currently awaiting our son's service dog through this program, and we have high hopes for a positive transformation in his life as I've seen happen in the lives of other children.
This program has my heart. I have been to the prison were the inmates train the dogs, I have delivered dogs from the prison to socializer homes and I have experienced the joy of watching a child and a veteran receive their service dogs. It is an incredible program the helps children, veterans, inmates and dogs become a team for the betterment of mankind.
Most incredible Service Dog program. Absolutely magical!
I trained service dogs with this program for a couple of years and it totally changed my life. I don't think I am as proud of anything else that I have done. This program improves every life that it comes in contact with; the volunteers, the recipients, and everyone in between. Completely amazing mission and run by completely amazing people.
One of my 5th grade students had a service dog this past year for his aspergers. This child was a totally different child because of his service dog. Prior to having "Emma", this child was very withdrawn and would have frequent meltdowns, which alienated him from his classmates. It was a complete turnaround when Emma joined the picture. She gave him the courage and confidence to participate in class and socialize with classmates. This student even became an active member of the 5th grade student council, an honor that only 22 out of 190 students had the privilege of doing. As far as having a dog in the classroom, she was just like another student. You couldn't even tell she was there. The best thing that ever happened to this child. They now have an inseparable bond.
K-9s4kids saved our son Elijah from a dark place and brought him back to the light of a happy and wonderful life that every child deserves. We received Emma his service dog and instantly the miracles started to happen. This program and the AWESOME people who give their time, money and sacrifice of self to help others will always hold a special place in our hearts! No words in a review could ever describe the day we got our son back, the smile on his face, or the gift of hope for a real future for Elijah.
After presenting a workshop on Website Design and Marketing, my husband was approached for advice regarding this organization's Website. When we realized the extent of their cause; (a) helping children and veterans with special needs, (b) rescuing dogs from shelters and elsewhere, and (c) engaging female prisoners to train the dogs, thereby helping to rehabilitate the women (they have 0% recidivism), we decided to volunteer our services. We couldn't think of a better cause to support. Everyone involved, from the dogs to the prisoners to the recipients are very committed and it is an honor to be a part of this organization.
I cannot praise this wonderful organization enough. My now 17 daughter, Madison, has a seizure disorder. Her seizures are uncontrolled and we never know when she will have one. It made us afraid to even leave her in her room for a long period of time without checking on her. That is until we were blessed with Buckmaster from K-9s 4 Kids. He has truly changed our lives. Buck is trained to come get us if Madison is having a seizure. There have been countless times that he has woken us up at night to let us know she is seizing in her bed. He is a truly remarkable dog and Madison's constant companion. This organization is filled with compassionate, professional and knowledgable people whom I am so glad I have the pleasure of knowing.
I have attended two graduation ceremonies since my nephew received a service dog (EMMA) through this wonderful organization and the many volunteers who dedicate many hours to make a dream come true for many children. Through this program with Easter Seals and K-9 4 Kids, these dogs are trained and placed with children per individual needs (medical, social disorders, handicaps, etc). Only through this program was it possible for my nephew, Gaige, to be afforded the much needed opportunity to receive such a special dog and true friend. Emma has played an enormous role in not only her service to Gaige with Asbergers Syndrome, but also a much needed friend. These dogs provide a child with assistance along with their desire to love. It is so true that a Dog is the Best Friend you could ever own. They never complain, they always strive to please, and they never will abandon you; unlike most humans in this world today. These volunteers not only train these dogs but make sure each dog is personally fit to each child in need. I was personally touched at graduation both times attended as Ms. Frances McGowen, Emma's trainer, and all the many volunteers who also planned a grand finale with class sessions and a ceremony of recognition that was just awesome. I would like to invite anyone to learn more about this program and see how you might be a part whether by donating or by being a volunteer. Thanks to all of you and God Bless.
Our 11 year old grandson, Gaige, received his best friend Emma, a year ago. Prior to receiving this life saving service dog, we lived in constant fear and heartache as we watched him revert into himself more each day until we were afraid we had lost him altogether. He had a very difficult time at school, bullied and "in his words" said, "I am invisible". After speaking to Director Frances McGowin several times, instinctively she knew what Gaige needed and arranged a meeting between the two. Our grandson instantly reacted to Emma & we felt a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders as well as ours. He finally after 10 years had a friend. Emma saved him. How can you thank this program, these people...there is no adequate way. They gave us back our grandson who was hurting, sinking into that black hole we could not go...OMGoodness, we owe everything to Frances, Ashley Taylor (Emma's trainer), Easter Seals. Our hearts, our lives are forever grateful. We learned to never give up. They did not allow us to give up.