I contacted TADSAW in 2016 in reference to getting a service dog. I filed appropriately & submitted all documents. It's now 2020 and I have yet to receive a service dog through this organization. I have spoken with Bart numerous times and he seems unwilling to help and gave me the run around. His first "trainer" evaluated a pet dog i had to see if he would make a good candidate and this trainer whipped my dog with his leash and said "Nope, this dog wont make it. He's flinching too much." Bart "fired" this trainer and took on another. This trainer has yet to find me a dog in 3.5 years of waiting meanwhile others have gotten theirs. I recently found out that they haven't helped me because the current trainer says I attacked him over the phone...we have never spoken for more than minutes, him always saying "I'm checking the next shelter and I will keep you updated." I'm very patient & I've been waiting for his call since 2017. I havent heard from him since. This trainer also said that I lied on my application with how many dogs i own. Its been 4.5 years and I've acquired 3 pet dogs since then. Of course my application doesn't match how many dogs i have. Its been 4 years and I haven't been asked to update anything. So now my reputation in the community is tarnished because of this slander. I do not reccomend TADSAW. As a female veteran, they simply don't care. Very unprofessional to make someone wait nearly 5 years now, without communication. This is unlike any other organization I've ever heard of.
I live in North Carolina TADSAW has been a blessing. Spent 2 years trying to find a organization that help veterans train service dogs after my German Shepherd service dog passed 2 years back. I have a blue heeler now and trained him for about a year prior to finding this awesome organization.
I learned new tricks from my dog trainer Devon !!! Never even knew even after having a service dog prior to this one. Great team I cant believe so many people complain about having to travel and small petty stuff. Hell training for service animals can cost 20 grand or even more . ALL YOU NEED IS FUEL AND LOTS OF TRAINING TIME WITH YOUR DOG BEFORE THE NEXT TIME YOU MEET WITH YOUR TRAINER
After contacting TADSAW in reference to getting my husband a service dog, I got a call from the founder, Bart S.. The initial conversation lasted over an hour. Some things he said were rude and hurtful but I overlooked them thinking he was so passionate about what happens to service members that he could not help himself. However, we ended up going with someone else because my coworkers/friends surprised us with providing us with the training by a highly recommended trainer in the area. I sent B.S. an email as a courtesy so he would not be wondering where our application was or why he had not received it. His response was mean, rude and very hurtful. He told me that undoubtedly the trainer used an e-collar and congratulations I had done more harm than good to our dog. That hopefully he would be able to sense if my husband is having an episode, among other insensitive statements. My initial reaction was to respond but then I thought to myself....this man is ignorant, arrogant and condescending and I will not waste my energy or time trying to teach him how to talk to people or make statements without being hateful. It is unfortunate that he is the head of an organization that is supposed to help and be supportive of veterans. I'd like to believe the trainers are not like him and are better at their job than he is.
TADSAW has really stepped up for me. Granted, it does take a few months to get things going due to SD trainer & funds availability. Sometimes email response is delayed, but they are a busy group. My trainer, Lee, is/was great and is very patient at instruction/guidance. We were able to develop and reinforce my dog's natural alerting skills and eagerness to learn. My SD is a life saver and has really improved my quality of life. Be prepared for regular training that lasts over a year. Be patient because dogs aren't humans and learn differently. Don't expect instant results and a prepared service dog in just a few weeks/month. It takes work. TADSAW is worth the wait. If it wasn't for their sponsorship, I could have never afforded service dog training and guidance.
TADSAW .. Irt this organization or any non-profit for animals. well i just read negative comments about TADSAW, I occasionally read negative and positive comments of non-profit organizations.. and my thoughts are this. We need to take the time and help those that are struggling to maintain they're business. Its not an easy job to do.. As a former k9 military search and rescues handler I can honestly say that is a tough job to maintain one dog! But when an individual takes it upon them-self to run a non-profit Organization we should help them! Not try and tear down the Organization ... Its not easy. We all need help in our journey... Reach out and try to make the Dog Organizations successful... they have a hard job to do. ....SSGT USMC/USN 100% Disabled Veteran. God Bless all those who help Dogs World!! Dogs only live so they will love humans unconditionally ... Semper-fi.
Don't donate or waste your time to this poorly run organization. Bart S. doesn't have the management skills to pay his trainers, and he will damn and shame you when asking for it ("all for the better good of the veterans".) He owes me from April of this year (it's currently August) and became very defensive when I asked about payment. I don't think I'll ever receive it.
He also has no problem shaming you via email.
I have no problem posting screenshots.
Vets- do yourself a favor and help yourself through a legitimate organization. This was a joke and waste of my time.
I come from a family of veterans, but damn me for wanting payment for sessions I've done MONTHS prior. This is basically volunteer work with no contract.
Maybe you would do better if you marketed yourself. Maybe.
Don't let an American organization (501C3 or not) pull an American veterans card on you for some delay of pay scheme. The UNAMERICAN thing is to decide not to pay at all, and the truly shameful thing is to use veterans as a scapegoat for that purpose.
I am a combat veteran; I spoke with the founder/ director and he was incredibly rude and condescending to me not to mention the fact that he uses inaccurate information. I have seen many dogs "trained" by TADSAW and they are a total sham... not at all well behaved like service dogs should be. I do not recommend this company.
I have been a TADSAW trainer for almost 2 years. The program has helped numerous people and since it is a not for profit agency, yes, sometimes the paycheck is delayed. I am in it to help the veterans who put their lives on the line for me. I am in perfect health, mentally, physically and spiritually. Many veterans coming back are not as fortunate so I will continue to train them and their dogs with or without pay. At the time of this writing I am up to date on money owed to me. If you are a dog trainer only looking for a quick dollar, then don't become a TADSAW trainer. If you are a trainer and want your paycheck to come regularly then get your butt out their and solicit funds. Bart is only one person. And one wonderful person. I cannot say enough nice things about him--and (LOL) we don't always see eye to eye on things. For the sake of the active duty and veterans we all woke together. I personally have stories of the TADSAW dogs saving the veterans lives.
Holly Ridge, NC 28445
I live in NJ and Bart was very helpful and saw to it that local trainers got to work.
I will advise anyone wanting help you have to be proactive and work hard.
This is not a handout and requires plenty of sweat equity!
I have to disagree with the others. Mr. Sherwood came through. I am 100% disabled from the military. I could not afford to train a service dog. T.A.D.S.AW. came through and paid for all of the training. With this dog now, I know he is there for me. When I have nightmares or if I fall he is there to help me up. If not for Mr. Sherwood and the T.A.D.S.A.W. Organization, I would not of progressed. I kept in my home, would not go into stores didn't really want to be around people. I still have a lot of issues but this dog is slowly bringing me out. How long it will take I have no idea. But for those complaining about the program, there must be another reason that T.A.D.S.A.W turned you down. This is Oreo, my service dog.
Once he got all the paper work to summit for a payment voucher, he stopped responding to me. The owner was called to the carpet by VA and flat out lied about not contacting me. THERE were other lied about the type of dog I could have and various other things. Only when I asked for my papers to stop his getting pains by VA, did he respond. Fortunately I had saved all the texts and email. Once VA called him on his lie he changed his story. DON'T GIVE THIS GROUP ANY MONEY. THERE ARE BETTER VETERANS SERVICE DOG TRAINERS!!!!!!!
Well spoke with Bart and he insured I would get help and would be on the list. The in about 5 to 6 weeks a local trainer which is located in talking rock, ga. Would contact me and set up the process to look for a companion and then training. The time had passed and I reached out to Bart to see what was going on and he never responded. So in my eyes he and his so called help for veterans is a joke and a hoax. To let a veteran in nedd beleive that there is hope and help out there and then just like everyone else to let him down and blow him off. What a shame.My thoughts on TADSAW, a veteran who suffers from PTSD and needs help.Thank you