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Service Dog Project Inc

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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

104 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3

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.

10 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

4

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

4

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.

4 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!