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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Blind & Visually Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: Train great danes and other large breed dogs to assist people who have severe balance and mobility limitations.

Programs: Train great danes and other large breed dogs to assist people who have severe balance and mobility limitations.

Community Stories

111 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve never been to Massachusetts. That includes Boston or Ipswich. I’ve never met Mrs. White, Janine, Wanda, my favorite Jack Russell Terrierist, Megan, Linda, Hailey, Judy, Karen or Steve, Buds, or Mark and a lot more. But I do know and I see the look of loving and caring of each little being on this Farm. We grieve for dogs who have gone to Rainbow Bridge. We don’t know them personally, of course but fall in love with each of them a little more each day.

I give a small donation every month to support this unusual place but it makes more sense than many, many organizations. They provide a vital population, who no longer work but have made many friends thru chatting. You, too, can help and be a part of something special!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became a “Camera Person” about four and a half years ago. This was a total stroke of luck when I found them on Explore.org. I am in love with all the dogs. Both on site and those who are now working with their “person”. I’ve only seen love with all the volunteers and staff towards these special dogs. What is so admirable the young people who volunteer their time with Service Dog Project. These young people are our future and they are learning many, many valuable lessons. I’ve sent some funds to help with incidentals and hope to do more in the future. This is a very worthy charity and I recommend Service Dog Project.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Service Dog Project is such a wonderful organisation. They help individuals with balance and mobility limitations and trains and donates Service Dogs. They change people's life in such many ways, The dogs chose the applicants and so there is a match for life. For me, Service Dog Project is the most valued organisation in America.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is the very best orgnisation ever. They change so many lifes with the work they doe, for humans, dogs and donkeys.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Owner Carlene White and her dedicated staff train service dogs and give them FOR FREE to persons who are mobility impaired, with first preference going to Veterans and their families.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed SDP through the Explore.org cameras and Carlene White’s “Daily Doggie” blog for a while. All in all an amazing project. I love Great Danes and am delighted to see them get to serve and make so many people whole again. I decided to donate, and last week I got a chance to visit SDP for the first time. It was fun to see it all, and a true delight to get to hang out with Carlene who has a refreshing wit and wisdom.

1 Nancy L.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known this association for almost 8 years. This is the most giving and caring nonprofit organization that I have learned about. They breed, raise and train these amazing dogs to be helpful to so many people. They ask nothing in return but respect for the dogs, trainers and all who volunteer for them.Adults, children, veterans, all helped with Service Dog Project,Inc. I am amazed at what they do and from the heart and soul of a wonderful person who has turned this into the topnotch organization that it is.

Martina E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Carlene White, the founder of Service Dog Project, just turned 82 I believe. Her long life and and energy are the foundations for SDP., also lovingly called "Crazy Acres". Her wacky sense of humor means there is never a dull moment while watching these cams, especially MAIL CALL . I have attached one video as proof. The first thing I do in the morning, after getting my cup of coffee, is to pull up the DOGGIE DAILY. There you learn that typing is one of the few things Carlene has not mastered and we don't really mind at all. Her insights into Great Dane and human behavior have made her what she is today -unstoppable, goal oriented, funny as can be, and much much more. The Chicken Brick club is a major source of fund-raising. If you can spare $10 a month for a brick, you could possibly become a member of "THE SHAT UPON SOCIETY". This covers her $20,000 per month payroll and other ongoing expenses. Carlene worries every month whether we will make the 20K amount. I say "we" because we all play a part in this wonderful, magical place. I am a CP (camera person) watching from afar and buying my chicken bricks online. Five yrs ago I came disabled due to medical incompetence. I could have gotten a lawyer and won for sure but I did not want to take that route. The DOGGIE DAILY gets me going in the morning and I watch off and on throughout the day. This EXPLORE site has made such a difference to so many people all over the world. You will need to go the their website to learn about CHICKEN BRICKS AND THE SHAT UPON SOCIETY. It will be the best time you have spent learning about a true NON-PROFIT organization.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83j-nW22zek

1 Susan Frith W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been watching Service Dog Project since it went live in 2012 on Explore.org. This organization raises and trains Great Danes for people with mobility issues. Special consideration is always given to Veterans.
Through Explore.org you can literally watch the Great Dane puppies being born, raised and trained to become service dogs to people with mobility issues all thanks to Carlene White, the founder of Service Dog Project.
You can watch Service Dog Project 24/7 at: https://explore.org/livecams/service-dog-project/great-danes-indoor-room-puppy-cam

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization that raise and train Great Danes to become service dogs. Many lives have been changed because of this wonderful charity. Service Dog Project consists of a fantastic staff and many dedicated volunteers that keep the charity running smoothly. Over 45 lives have been changed because of these gentle giants, Great Danes. Thank you Carlene White and Service Dog Project for this wonderful charity.

5 Wendy G.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This charity does great work. They raise amazing service dogs that aid deserving people with mobility issues.

4 Patty G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following and supporting Service Dog Project for over four years. I follow them through the Doggie Daily and their live cameras. I can not tell you how exciting it is to watch puppies being born into such a loving and knowledgeable environment. And the ultimate joy is hearing another Great Dane has been paired with an individual to assist this person with normal day-to-day activities the rest of us take for granted. The stories from the recipients are amazing and the support their Great Danes provide is truly heart warming. I will always support this organization.

4 Helen L.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful thing they do. Helping those that can't be mobile alone and giving them the opportunity to be more mobile.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the best organizations out there. All funds go to the breeding and training of dogs for people with mobility issues.

3 Lisa Coates B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i have been watching this site for 5 years. They are very careful and conscientious when its time to breed. The dogs health comes first of anything. Carlene and her volunteers shed alot of joy to many individuals who could use a little assistance.

3 Kathryn B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with SDP in 2015 and loved it! The founder, Carlene, states it best- It is a working farm and you will WORK. Carlene may be considered "gruff" in personality; however, she knows what she is talking about. With age comes experience, with experience comes knowledge. She has opened her home to strangers all to help those in need. Her first priority are the dogs. Whether it is poo picking, feeding, training, fencing, or birthing, EVERYTHING is for the welfare of the dogs. I loved taking my vacation and working on her working farm. Hope to be back soon.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Service Dog Project makes my heart smile. This organization is truly what giving and helping others is all about. From young children who would otherwise be in wheelchairs, adults, who can now be independent and our fabulous Veteran's and at a cost of $0. This little piece of heaven is run on donations and mostly volunteers. Carlene White had a vision and has stuck with it being successful all these years. I'm sure there have been times when anyone else would have said "I quit" but I don't think quit is in her vocabulary. If you aren't aware of the Service Dog Project, just watch a few days and you too will fall in love with this organization and its mission!'mm

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this site as they not only provide service dogs to help people, they have a donkey rescue too. They help both people and donkeys! What a wonderful group of people they are.

The Service Dog Project trains and donates service dogs to individuals with balance and mobility limitations (possibly due to Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, CP, etc.). By providing the dogs at no cost to approved applicants, The Service Dog Project extends a valuable service to suitable individuals. Preference is given to veterans and their families.

All of the Great Danes are born, raised and trained on the farm and for the first month are watched 24/7 by staff and/or volunteers. Once the dogs are fully trained (usually a year or older) they are matched with a recipient and are then trained to meet the individual’s exact needs.

Again this is a great organization that deserves high praise.

13 SAlbes

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Stacy and Meet Pixie my Shining Star and hear our story.
I call SDP Disney then again better then Disney why is this?
Well here's our story.
I feel ill 4 years ago was diagnosed 3 years ago to the day today with MS short for multiple sclerosis. I woke up sick on Jan 24th 2014 and couldn't talk then I progressed rapidly no Dr. Could figure out what was wrong with me it took a year time till the day when I finally got the call.
Scary right? Well it was a long road from there on out.
I eventually lost my left leg use and walked with the help of my family my children, fiancé, parents. For months at home how did I get around? I got on my bottom and scooothed yup on the floor to make it easier for them all at home.why, you ask? Cause I refused the cane, walker and my house wasn't suitable for a wheelchair nor would I use one. I wasn't mentally ready. People stared at at me when out in public "omg look at her walk" yes people really made these statements as I held on to things so I didn't fall. Remember I have no feeling in my left leg anymore. So let's fast forward to shorten up a really long story.
I heard about SDP I was like wow this I can do. Look kids I can have have a loving pup help me. I never thought I would have my life change the way it did. I sent in an application I went for a visit and right there I was accepted. I cried all the way home. A long 3/4 hour drive home of pure joy and excitement!
I met my sweet hero when I went back for training on the sat after Thanksgiving of 2016 Nov 26. We set eyes on each other I didn't pick her she sure knew I was meant to be with her and her to be with me.
I have not fallen, Pixie has taught me how to walk again and changed me and my confidence to all my life's challenges. She never leaves my side. We are one! A team! She has picked me up off the floor helped me walked stairs, jumped in the shower (tmi,lol) to help me, walked me when I was tired, slept with me in the hospital beds, guided me through busy crowds to keep me safe and out of the way of tripping over my two feet. She is my hero. I can go on and on. She saved me in so many ways and helps me everyday with such Pride and joy!
I could not be where I am today if it wasn't for the most kind hearted act of Carlene and all the hard work that her amazing staff do each day. I'm forever grateful for my gift all cause such an amazing place!



4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a CP since Walter was a wee pup. This site gives me so much information & education. But more than that I get joy from watching ALL the animals on each camera.
Thank you so much to Explore & every one at Crazy Acres for making my day great.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following SDP through the Explore.org cameras, Facebook and Carlene White’s “Daily Doggie” blog since the first day they started with the cameras. I am astounded by the tremendous work SDP does with their Danes, training them to help people of all ages with their mobility and our beloved Veterans with PTSD, etc.
The stories from the recipients are nothing short of amazing. Lives have been changed immeasurably. Children who can now attend school (minus a wheel chair), shop at malls with their friends (minus their parents), just the FREEDOM these dogs provide. Adults who cry with joy that they can walk across the street that has curbs, attend the theater, walk through the grass. Small things we take for granted that these people were robbed of, they now can do. Veterans who would not leave their house, or in wheel chairs, felt like everyone was watching them…the Danes takes the focus away from the Veteran and makes them feel secure.
These dogs are DONATED, they cost around $20,000 per dog to raise and train. Hundreds, maybe thousands of people like myself donate so that these recipients can live a happier life. Recipients are not arbitrarily matched. The dogs pick their "person". Cannot say enough good/great things about this charity. They are Priceless.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have learned so much from just being able to view the upbringing of these beautifully trained Great Danes. From spoon feeding to get the animal to recognize and become aware with each bite who they are. To being placed with the correct person. Carlene White is such a wonderful person and knows much about many things. We are blessed to have this ability to view not only the Danes but the birds and the donkeys. They are all loved and cared for extremely well. I have been watching them on cam since 2012 and have never seen anything bad or inappropriate happen to any animal. I am proud of Carlene and wish I could make such a difference in so many peoples lives. Much respect SDP

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Have followed this organization for over a year- hours and efforts put in are EXCEEDINGLY over what ANYONE would put in- all young and old pitch in to help Carlene, along with the various companies who supply her with items for those gorgeous dogs--she has bred, raised and distributed them to so many who are in need of them- there ARE PARAMETERS that must be met to obtain a dog--those who feel THEY need one may no t be the same as what the standards are BUT that is the issue. Those people sacrifice time, effort and money for those animals so when people write such negative remarks it saddens and sickens so many of her followers. I have never met this woman but pray daily for ST. FRANCIS to guard and protect her and the animals. All who follow should place their opinion in the proper prospective- no one should be judging her or the work she does but they do. Yes, we are all entitled to our own opinions but SERIOUSLY????? THINK BEFORE YOU WRITE- God Bless COLLEEN and her Staff and her effort.
Agnes Pucillo

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I've read a lot of the reviews and I must say some of the negatives boggled my mind. Number one , everywhere on the website and any place else you look it will tell you veterans get priority!!! Number two some of these folks have multiple illnesses to which it tells you everywhere you read about this organization, they are for MOBILITY assistance only. they don't open doors, tell you when to walk at a crosswalk etc. We all would like a beautiful, well trained animal but we have to be unselfish and let the ones who need them for their quality of life to which they have been trained for receive them. As for Carlene she is a sassy wonderful lady who has her focus on helping others and has no time to dwell on people who want to take her off course. I would love to have one of her dogs but I don't fall into the weight of the person per dog requirement but I'm not going to bad mouth her for having these requirements since I know its the dog she's thinking of. These are her babies that she so generously shares.

Review from Guidestar

5

Donor

Rating: 5

Service Dog Project provides a life changing experience for those who receive a great dane service dog. I believe strongly in what SDP does and regularly donate to this charity.

5 Kathy C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These people are totally dedicated to improving the lives of both adults and children who have mobility issues. Danes are much better suited to this function, particularly with adults simply because of their size and trying to assist a 180# man who just lost his balance. These dogs start training the day they're born. It's unfortunate but I don't know any other breed of dog who is better suited to this challenge and is so trainable for the job as a Great Dane. Carlene and her staff do a superb job at fulfilling the planning of new litters to accommodate the needs of clients as well as the training necessary from the very start of their lives to fulfill the commitment to provide fully trained service dogs toward their goal while following all the guidelines and rules set for them to accomplish this.

2 Helen R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Inspiring and disruptive support with Great Danes - seeing is believing

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been viewing this organization for 2 years now on explore.com. Their intent is to match stout Great Danes with a recipient that not only is in need of vertical mobility assistance, but also can provide emotional assistance as well. The dogs are cared for 24/7, and allowed to be dogs on an open air farm on their off hours after training. These dogs are the sweetest, happiest and caring dogs that you could ever meet When they get to work, they know exactly how to behave around their partner that has been meticulously matched to them. Carlene, the women who started SDP is a gem. She is very wise to the world and to the world of dog behavior. She will make sure that a dog is matched to a recipient, but the recipient must also understand the purpose of the great gift that Carlene and her crew provide. They have spent a lot of money and labor preparing these dogs during the months and years it takes to train these dogs for the skilled job ahead.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a lot of respect for Carlene White and SDP. They are the most caring and compassionate people I have ever seen. They work tirelessly to breed the best service dogs available to all disabled people that meet their criteria. Who could ask for more!! Cudos to all the staff and volunteers who do such an awesome job!

8 Kathy M.5

Donor

Rating: 5

There are no words to express just how Wonderful Service Dog Project is!!
You will have to search a Very Long time before you find a better group of people. All of the Staff, Volunteers, and Camera People are the most down to earth, dedicated, and loyal people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

The amazing and caring work they do with these Service Dogs, and Perfect Pets, is beyond reproach. To watch, (as they forget that there are cameras everywhere), the love and devotion to every living being on the farm....is heartwarming.
Supporting our Military Veterans, their family members, children, and others in need should bring a tear to every eye watching, and or taking part in this Project. No matter how big or small. I myself, am extremely proud to be a part of SDP!

If you want to take a break from all the negative going on in the world, and see what Authentic Kindness, and Selflessness looks like....go to Servicedogproject.org, and see it Live! Be prepared though... you will become addicted!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Service dogs from Service Dog Project make dramatic changes in the lives of every recipient. Every story I have ever read of the way the lives of recipients of service dogs from Service Dog Project are changed is inspirational and heartwarming. As a teacher of young children I am incredibly touched by the strength of the loving and trusting bonds that develop between the great danes and children facing massive mobility and health challenges in their lives. I love that the matching process involves allowing potential recipients and service dogs to meet and for dogs to be able to in effect 'choose' their person, and once a pairing is identified, that training for the specific needs of the recipient get underway. I am in awe of the commitment and caring of all staff and volunteers involved with Service Dog Project. I watch SDP from afar (New Zealand) via the live webcams that allow us to see the realities of everyday life unfolding there 24/7.

8 HoundMom

Donor

Rating: 5

Service Dog Project, Inc sets the bar for other non-profits to measure themselves. What other organizations offer such transparency? None. The general public is granted 24/7 audio and video access to the various daily goings on at Service Dog Project via a number of webcams on explore.org. Through those cameras one can see exactly where and how their donations are used. Service Dog Project takes on the entire cost of breeding, raising and training Great Danes to be mobility service dogs. Those dogs are then donated, free of charge, to recipients; with preference given to our amazing Veterans and family members of Veterans. The owner, staff and the army of volunteers are all amazing people. The Service Dog Project as a non-profit is second to none.

8

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following Service Dog Project since the Annenberg Foundation's Explore.org cameras went live on the property more than five years ago. I have never been so impressed with an organization. Founder Carlene White trains and totally donates her Great Danes as service dogs to those with mobility issues such as MS and Parkinson's disease, to veterans with PTSD and other debilitating problems, and to children whose diseases make their mobility otherwise impossible. All training is done by skilled trainers at SDP, and begins practically at birth with name recognition, recall, "wait" training, and exposure to any type of situation that future recipients will encounter. All dogs are potential service dogs, and every conceivable effort is made for them to be successful. However, occasionally a dog will have a gait or some other reason they will not be able to help with balance issues, and these are given to loyal volunteers or staff members to become Perfect Pets.
Potential recipients are encouraged to volunteer at SDP. Recipients are required to be the total caregivers of their dogs, so remaining as active as possible is one of the criteria for placement. Being at SDP allows potential recipients to bond with their canine partners, important because it is the dog that ultimately picks their person.
To realize just how life-changing these partnerships are, one only has to read the blog entries, SDP chat, etc. Things we take for granted, such as being able to get out because now a recipient can step up on a curb, allows mobility previously impossible. Some recipients are now in medical and law schools. Others go out doing public speaking and have become active advocates. Testimonials are heartfelt and heartwarming.
SDP is supported by an army of camera people, volunteers, and staff. Purina has so generously been donating most of the dog's food, and there have been some very generous grants awarded. Carlene White takes no salary, and all of her dogs are totally donated to recipients. I am so proud to be a supporter of this amazing organization.
Patricia Benward

Review from Guidestar

17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a CP member since 2015, I just stumbled on their website and have been watching it since. It's wonderful to see all the love each and every dog receives there and how well they're taken care of down to the horses, donkey's and hens. All animals !
Carlene White runs the farm like a well greased machine . The staff and volunteers are great people and work very hard to train these beautiful Danes to become Service Dogs which are given to people with mobility problems and veterans.
I was lucky and was able to visit the SDP aka Crazy Acres last year and it was one of the best experiences of my life!

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This project is profoundly life-altering for those individuals who "qualify." The founder of SDP, the paid staff, the volunteers & the CP's are completely dedicated to this mission. It's obvious that all of these people's passion for what they do to give the "qualified" recipient a new lease on life is totally sincere. There are many projects for service animals, but this project is unique. I would suggest anyone who questions the reputability, the fairness with regard to distribution of the service dog(s) and especially the dedicated, countless years of experience breeding and training skills the founder of SDP possesses make an appt. to visit the farm and get educated!

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Carlene, the owner, has requested that her loyal supporters post positive comments on this site, thus all the 2/9/2018 posts. As an Explore.com watcher of many sites, I can say this... The dogs are wonderful at SDP and the intent is wonderful. A great staff and some fabulous volunteers. However, the owner is crude, rude and unprofessional (and I am being kind). I think she means well though...but giving her the benefit of doubt. As far as her "fan club" that has done all of these posts today? Well, not very impressed by them. They constantly belittle new viewers. However, that is not why I am only giving one star. I would like to see the 80 year owner who is cranky and forgetful to step down. It is time.

Review from Guidestar

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a healthcare professional who has worked in rehabilitation I'm well aware that persons with significant mobility and balance issues cannot be treated and managed with a "one-size fits all" plan. Each requires highly customized treatments, assistive devices and adaptations specific to the individual and their particular needs. In that regard, to expect that a Great Dane service dog will be the answer to the difficulties of every such person is unrealistic. Ms. White, of the Service Dog Project, recognizes those situations for which her Service Dogs have the best potential for bringing successful assistance to someone who is mobility/balance impaired. She also identifies those persons who will likely not benefit. The Service Dog has an important, big job to do. Ms. White and the trainers respect that, and strive for a successful, MUTUALLY happy and life-changing pairing of the person and their dog. There are many factors she weighs with her trainers when they review the needs of an applicant. Sometimes the answer is, unfortunately, that they simply cannot be of assistance. No doubt it's disappointing. However, the success stories of the persons who have benefited from the carefully trained, individually matched Great Danes from the Service Dog Project, and Ms. White's care in placing her dogs appropriately, demonstrates many times over that she understands fully the capabilities of the Danes she raises and trains. She and her staff do great work for the mobility and balance impaired persons they serve.

9

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following and contributing to the Service Dog Project for the last 2 or 3 years. The level of dedicated staff, paid and volunteers exceeds any other charity that I have ever seen. The dogs that are donated to their recipients are truly a life saver for all. Carlene White deserves to be honored for her dedication to not only the dogs but to the recipients. It should be noted that she also rescues donkeys and horses. I wish I had unlimited funds to donate to this outstanding organization because I can’t think of another more deserving than SDP.