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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: Improving lives through canine-assisted therapy.

Target demographics: veterans, children, the elderly and individuals of all ages.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 55,000

Geographic areas served: Central Texas

Programs: Hounds for Heroes service dogs for veterans, Bow Wow Therapy Dogs, Therapy Dog Visits to Hospitals and Nursing Homes, Train Your Own Service Dog, and K9 Summer Camps. All our programs utilize the bond between dogs and humans.

Community Stories

104 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family has been participating with the Dog Alliance for years. . My daughter took a dog camp with Susan Windham when my daughter was only nine years old. Years later, Susan is still there. We have been consistently impressed with Susan's kindness to dogs and humans, and my daughter took camp with Susan several times. When she was older, my daughter took regular dog training classes with the Dog Alliance for her chihuahua mix. (at least five classes, maybe more, all were excellent) My daughter and her dog especially loved the agility classes with Kathleen Reish. Now, years later, my daughter has been able to volunteer at the Dog Alliance at the camps and on outings. We are also raising a puppy who will some day be a service dog. When you walk in the door, you may be greeted by Neenah at the front desk - a delightful, kind, professional woman who started at the Dog Alliance as a volunteer and liked it so much she got a job at the Dog Alliance. Our experience as puppy raisers and volunteers has been excellent. Susan (the wonderful camp teacher) has been absolutely incredible and supportive for our dog and for our daughter. Debi Kraker, the executive director, is an exceptional dog trainer and administrator - Debi is kind, knowledgeable, and effective. We had a rough time for a few weeks when our service dog in training puppy and our daughter got sick at the same time. Susan Windham met us after hours, and took our foster puppy from us get the puppy healthy and we could take care of our daughter. Susan figured out what was wrong with our foster puppy (food allergy) and helped us by providing the resources needed to support our foster puppy's health. As an organization for volunteers, the Dog Alliance has been flexible, fair, and downright wonderful. This was in huge contrast with fostering for another local animal organization that gave us much less support. As clients, for camp and classes, we have been amazed at how much we have learned. Even experienced dog owners can learn a lot from the Dog Alliance. Volunteer puppy raisers have weekly classes, outings, email and phone support, supplies, basically whatever support we need in order to train our foster puppy to eventually become a service dog. We are glad that the Dog Alliance is part of our lives, and we are grateful for the staff and volunteers that make the Dog Alliance special.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Dog Alliance is amazing! I started with training classes for my dog about 7 years ago. I have taken various dog training classes over the years, and it is a wonderful environment for dogs and people alike!

Eva C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Dog Alliance has brought so much joy and love to the many many children who get to participate in the Bow Wow Reading program. The children love Gracie and she loves them. She has spent many hours listening to them read but primarily just being there for them as they talk to her and share their own stories. We could not have participated in this program without the incredible training and support from The Dog Alliance. They just make it all work!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

It is a known fact that dogs positively impact our physical and mental health. Studies consistently prove that serotonin increases and daily walks help our cardiovascular as well as toning muscle and providing the opportunity to be social. If you can't tell, my work in in the health field! The Dog Alliance, through its Hounds for Heroes program, works alongside our veterans to provide trained service dogs helping combat PTSD and to assist with physical restrictions. Awesome organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My dog Bailie has been involved in the pet therapy for over six years with The Dog Alliance. She has worked in both predictable and complex therapy. Some of the jobs that she has held include working with senior citizens, Bow wow reading with kids, special needs kids (autism, down syndrome) and mentally challenged adults. The dog alliance is awesome. I don’t know how Bailie would be able to help people the way that she does without an organization as supportive as the dog alliance. Our next challenge is going to be helping suicidal veterans if we can find an outlet to do that.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Dog Alliance always has a positive atmosphere, which is upheld by its instructors, volunteers, and staff. I am always welcomed warmly, treated with respect, and get to see people building stronger bonds with their dogs. It's an awesome place with great services and products. Highly recommend.

LindyLou

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Dog Alliance is a terrific group. My dog and I first took a Therapy Dog training class and after qualifying we have been visiting nursing homes for over 10 years. With my other dog, a young very frisky one, we have been taking training classes. The classes are so fun for both of us that we have taken lots of them over the years. And, the young frisky one is now a really well behaved very social good dog. The teachers at the Dog Alliance are the BEST.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wire dachund seemed like a natural to be a pet therapy dog. So, when I retired, Frodo and I took the class at Austin Dog Alliance to become a pet therapy team. I was so impressed with our teacher and with the other students, both canine and human.
We qualified as a predictable team and have been volunteering at a local nursing home in the memory unit. Once a week Frodo and I go and visit with the residents. They LOVE him. He snuggles with them in their chair or in their bed--as they wish. The hardest part of our job is leaving. I hate taking him away from any of his fans in order to see another fan. Our visits are very rewarding for us.
We also are volunteers at some of the various classes for kids at the Austin Dog Alliance. It is always fun. I am so impressed with the different teachers. They have big hearts and really care about their students.
Frodo has taken so well to being trained by the kid trainers that we are continuing his "education" at the ADA by taking more training classes in tricks and in agility. I really believe in the Austin Dog Alliance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been associated with Dog alliance from past couple of years as a volunteer and also getting Leo trained as a therapy dog. Have enjoyed every moment of it! The training was thorough and the trainers were extremely friendly. Loved the place and people:-)They supported us at every step during training.
It is indeed great that they have taken Bow wow reading online to reach to wider audience. Kudos!!
All the best from me and Leo

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Dog Alliance is an amazing organization. My pup Sophie and I have become involved in the Bow Wow Reading program. It is a win-win for everyone because not only do the kids love reading to her but Sophie loves it too! Thankful for all the good work in the community that The Dog Alliance does.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with The Dog Alliance since 2013. I was looking for two places to volunteer, one that helped people and one that helped animals. Luckily I found one non-profit that does both. TDA is a great place with great people that does great work giving dogs a purpose - helping people lives. The Hounds for Heroes program helps our veterans and first-responders who are experiencing PTSD. The Bow Wow Therapy teams visit locations across Central Texas and Bow Wow Reading Dogs help at-risk-readers in Central Texas Schools.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Dog Alliance has been such a blessing to our family! We started going there for puppy training classes, and my kids quickly became involved in dog camp. My kids (with our dog Chipper) attended multiple camp sessions each summer, until they became old enough to become counselors. They learned obedience, agility and nose-work inside and out! Now my kids have both served as dog camp counselors, and they LOVE working with the dogs and kids! My high-school-aged son then started therapy dog classes with Chipper, and they are now the youngest licensed dog therapy team with Bow Wow Therapy Dogs. The staff are so welcoming, and they have given my son the opportunity to assistant teach multiple classes. My kids have not only learned to work with dogs- they have been given opportunities to develop leadership and interpersonal skills, all while supporting this incredible organization that does so much for veterans and families. We cannot thank Debi, Susan, Joni, Carolyn, Nancy, and the rest of the staff enough!

Donor

Rating: 5

My connection with The Dog Alliance goes back to 2010 and it has been a privilege to watch them grow over these many years. Today, TDA has an extensive volunteer base who love to share their trained therapy dogs with children and adults in schools, hospitals and senior care facilities. This Bow Wow Reading program combines with another key and very impactful program. Hounds for Heroes provides trained service dogs to broaden the lives of our veterans impacted by PTSD. Dedicated staff and committed volunteers. Loved The Dog Alliance!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Dog Alliance is a fantastic organization. I started out as a volunteer with them about 10 years ago and quickly fell in love with the organizations mission and joined the board. Their Bow Wow Reading program is crucial program for helping at-risk youth gain confidence in their reading abilities. The Hounds for Heroes program trains service dogs for veterans with PTSD and has been very impactful in their lives. The Dog Alliance also offers numerous instructional classes that are open to the public to assist them with training their dogs including a train your own service dog program. These training programs provide customers with high quality dog training while also helping to support other programs that serve the community.

Tina H

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Dog Alliance utilizes many avenues to reach into the community and make a difference in the lives of people. There are Bow Wow Reading Dogs to help kids with reading, and Therapy Dogs for stress relief at schools and businesses, nursing homes and hospitals.
The Hounds for Heroes program provides opportunities to work with Veterans in need of a Service Dog. It is an honor to help give these women and men that served our country a companion to assist them.
Volunteer options are varied and it seems there is always something for everyone. I've met some of the greatest people at The Dog Alliance, sure to be life-long friends.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wanted a volunteer opportunity that combined dogs and military Veterans, and finding the Hounds for Heroes program at Austin Dog Alliance was just the beginning of my volunteer journey with this wonderful group now called The Dog Alliance.
The positive atmosphere of volunteers and staff interacting with dogs, clients, the public, and each other gives me a sense of belonging. I've participated in events that used my strengths and events that allowed me to stretch out of my comfort zone, and the staff and other volunteers make me feel supported and appreciated.
The Dog Alliance programs, classes, and events are all devoted to one thing...making the lives of people better with dogs. My life is better with The Dog Alliance, too.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Dog Alliance has been nothing short of amazing to us. This organization provided my husband with a service dog for his PTSD and they have been there for every question and every concern, especially in the beginning as everyone was adjusting. Huge shoutout to Susan- she has been amazing.
My husband’s PTSD is now much better managed thanks to Leo and The Dog Alliance. Having a service dog has been life changing for him. He is much more comfortable in public, he is able to relax more in general, and he’s even had his medication doses decreased.

Sonja C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We just adopted Rolo from The Dog Alliance and it was the very best experience. They are very knowledgeable on dog training, they truly adore all of their animals, and they spent several visits with us to help integrate our other dog with Rolo. It has been truly amazing, and has made our hearts overflowing!

rrcatlady

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I know that this group does awesome work with therapy dogs, support dogs, helping kids read with dogs, and saving homeless dogs. They work with shelters and rescue groups, and every summer they do a wonderful Kids Camp with training classes. They are largely volunteer-run.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Austin Dog Alliance does wonderful work by training and matching therapy dogs for veterans, conducting dog training camps for kids, helping hard-to-adopt dogs from shelters find homes, and many other wonderful programs to help people and dogs.

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Kristin H.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Outstanding classes and teachers. Had my willful doxie in Dog Manners 1 and 2 (with Alyssa Schmidt as our instructor). Alyssa was able to help me with a pretty stubborn pup and offered alternatives to the standard instructions (like practicing down on a mat vs the floor). Great weekly re-caps to help with practice at home. Never felt pressured to take more classes (but will!). Moxie also loved her time there!

Gretchen W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have a real passion for helping your dog be it’s absolute best companion no matter what your needs are. They specialize in persons with special needs from PTSD to autism spectrum disorders. They have some of the best animal behaviorist around and their training facility is lovely and inviting.

1 Kristi Lutz C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a new dog mom and didn't know where to start. Then I found Austin Dog Alliance. My new little buddy and I attended "Dog Manners" classes to learn the basics. The instructor was very knowledgeable (and patient), and It was super fun for both me and my dog. Can't recommend ADA enough!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

While taking a puppy manners class, one participant was havi g a difficult time with their puppy. After class, the instructor worked one on one with the puppy and owner for 20 minutes till the puppy and owner were showing progress and at ease with each other.
The instrucors are caring and willing to go the extra for the owners and their dogs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a retired Police Officer due to an on the job injury, and suffer from mild PTSD. I’ve been a volunteer at The Dog Alliance for 5+ years now. This place is doing God’s work in my mind, training and pairing these dogs with service men and women, who need them.

My volunteer job is very simple. I come once a week and let these service dogs in training just be dogs for an hour or so. I play with them, throw a ball for them and just have fun with them.

I think the dogs do way more for me, than I could ever do for them. I refer to The Dog Alliance as “My Happy Place” and all the trainers and staff there, are fantastic.

Thanks
Jeff

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Before you sign up to volunteer at this organization, please do your homework. If you aren't part of a dog therapy team then there is nothing of substance for you to do. There's only 4 or 5 dogs there and you never get to do anything with them. They said they were children friendly so I had my 13 year sign up as well and there is absolutely nothing for her to do. The place is beautiful and welk kept but don't be deceived by the looks- no one that I spoke to there was warm and friendly. I was really excited about volunteering there so maybe I will try back one day but for now, I think I was nothing more than $35 in their pocket. Please look around and find some place that really needs you, this place does not.

1 Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for over seven years and also served on the Board. The Dog Alliance has always stayed true to their mission and I have seen first hand the power of positive canine connections. I have trained two therapy dogs through The Dog Alliance and it is the most amazing experience. Their Hounds for Heroes program also does amazing work training dogs to become service dogs for veterans struggling with PTSD or mobility challenges. I highly recommend The Dog Alliance.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Austin Dog Alliance for three years now. They certified my therapy dog and now we are able to volunteer around the Austin area at schools and UMC Brackenridge. They are extremely supportive and appreciative of their volunteers.

In addition to the pet therapy, ADA rescues dogs and trains them to be service dogs for Veterans and First Responders with PTSD. This program has helped so many individuals.

I highly recommend Austin Dog Alliance!

2 Lynn113

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with The Dog Alliance for almost 10 years. I am currently visiting schools, events, nursing homes and a variety of other locations with my therapy dog, Gracie. Gracie is the second therapy dog I've visited with. She brings smiles wherever we go. The work we do with children helping them improve their reading skills is magical. The improvement I see in these children over the school year makes every minute we spend with them worth it. I so strongly support the work that The Dog Alliance does, that I have served on the Board of Directors for the past 3 years. Gracie and Murphy, my other dog, take a variety of training classes at The Dog Alliance. The staff of trainers on board there is second to none.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with Austin Dog Alliance since 2008. I've primarily volunteered as the human half of two pet therapy teams. It never ceases to amaze me what an impact these dogs have on everyone they meet. The training staff at ADA is awesome. There is such a wide variety of training classes offered, something for dogs of all ages and levels. I've also been involved in the Hounds for Heroes program for a little over a year. I'm now training my second potential service dog. The first dog I trained went to a veteran with PTS. It was such a heartwarming experience to see the joy he brought to his forever person. I'm really proud to be associated with such a wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I would not reccommend volunteering at Dog Alliance. The place is beautiful and people are nice for the most part, but you are lured in with the promise of being able to make a difference and there really isn't anything to do. You rarely get to interact with the actual dogs and when you do the entire set up is not organized at all. Maybe I will try again next year, but for now I feel like all the volunteers are an extra $35 per person in their pocket and nothing more. Please take the time to check out all of the possibilities for volunteer work and find some place that really needs you.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wow! What a great staff and service for the community. I’ve had only positive interactions with staff who are enthusiastic and proud of what they do. As puppies go through the assessment and training process they are carefully screened so that only the most well-suited go on to become service dogs. While some may show early potential, not all ultimately have the discipline or temperament for placement. Those who don’t are adopted to loving, qualified homes, so it’s a win-win situation!

As a veteran ABA provider, I’ve witnessed the positive effects of service dogs paired with children on the autism spectrum, including increased engagement and decreased anxiety. This is just one of the diverse populations served by Austin Dog Alliance. This is a great group of people who may be able to help you or someone you know. Check them out!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I retired, I started looking for volunteer work that would allow me to give back to my community. Having worked in healthcare for 25 years, I was interested in working directly with people. I heard about the impact that therapy dogs can have on the health of residents in nursing facilities and how bow-wow reading dogs can help children succeed in school. I wanted to see if my dog Aussie could qualify. After training at The Dog Alliance, Aussie and I have had many adventures at nursing facilities, libraries and schools. Thank you to The Dog Alliance for helping me achieve my goals and for training Aussie to be a better companion!

3 AmandaLovesABA

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an individual with a degree in Psychology/Behavior Science, and various years in the Behavioral Health/Behavior Analysis field, it is an honor to write a review for the Austin Dog Alliance to honor their incredible contributions to the greater Austin area, such as: their Hounds for Heroes program to help veterans in need of service animals, their Bow Wow Therapy Dog programs, and have also offered Group Social Skills programs to children on the Autism Spectrum. The Austin Dog Alliance hires only the best staff that work tirelessly to provide quality services, and possess various different skill sets to facilitate animal therapy and service dog training. The Austin Dog Alliance's contributions have made a lasting impact on the community by working with people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities to help improve their quality of life with therapeutic services.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Dog Alliance has an amazing and hard working staff. I am super impressed with their Hounds for Heros program and everything else that they do for our community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Austin Dog Alliance is a vital part of our community. It is a cause near and dear to my heart. Bow Wow Reading Dogs program provides at risk readers with a therapy dog and it is provided in different settings so that it is accessible to as many people as possible. Service Dogs are also provided to veterans free of charge.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love what this organization does for veterans and am proud to support it.

2 QueenLuluBear

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor to the Austin Dog Alliance and I highly recommend this organization! Not only do they have the CUTEST social media updates in the world (I mean, watching a litter of lab puppies grow up and become trained therapy dogs?? Too adorable), but their services do real and lasting good in the community. Whether it be helping kiddos read, providing therapy to veterans, giving workplaces and schools a break from the stress through play time with pooches, or training service dogs for people with disabilities, I know my money is being put to impactful use. The people I know in the organization are full of integrity, and I know that their volunteers work hard to serve the community and work with people of all backgrounds. Keep it up! And keep those puppy pictures coming on Facebook. :)

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Austin Dog Alliance provides a wonderful service an helping to provide the community with therapy and service dogs. They take the care and time they need to train and foster these dogs to be attuned to the specific needs of their owners, taking into account that there are several qualifications that need to be met before they go into service. These services are invaluable to those who require a support or service animal. As a donor, I am happy to support such invaluable work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

These folks use their volunteers as unpaid employees. They do not care about the welfare of any of the volunteers. You would also think that it being a facility with dogs that you would be able to interact with the dogs and that DOES NOT happen. Please be careful when signing up.

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Debi 08/11/2018

Unfortunately, this volunteer did not understand that helping with an event was a very common activity for volunteers and volunteers are not paid.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

This place is horrible! They find and rescue random dogs, have their volunteers train them and then pass them off as service dogs to ill prepared veterans. Out of 9 dogs, I witnessed 3 returned by the veteran and 5 fail out of the program all together and be put up for adoption. I do not recommend this place at all for a quality service dog.

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Debi 08/11/2018

We very carefully select dogs from shelters to train as service dogs. Even though the dogs are trained 7 days a week for 12 - 18 months, the success rate is only about 20%. Career change dogs are placed in loving family homes as pets. Occasionally dogs are returned for a variety of reasons. This year, we had a dog returned when she retired from service work due to her advanced age. She was placed in a loving family home as a pet. She can now live out her life doing short excursions and long naps. Sadly, the related post was written by a terminated employee. We hope the employee can find a place of employment where they can thrive.

3 Julie279

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had always wanted to have a Therapy Dog since they had been so important to my granddaughter when she was ill. She was in the hospital for 2 months and the highlight of her day was visits from the Therapy Dogs. With the Dog Alliance they provided the structure and classes for me to work with my dog Moose. They guided us through Therapy and Advance Therapy training and testing. We volunteer as much as possible and I am so proud to be associated with the Dog Alliance. They take such great care in the training, teach children how to interact and care for dogs, Bow-Wow Reading, and the Hounds For Hero's program is so amazing. This is a great organization that provides so much for all of our communities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always wanted to have a Therapy Dog to share with people. They had been so instrumental in my granddaughter's recovery from brain surgery. I found the wonderful and caring staff at Austin Dog Alliance and that started by journey with Moose. Austin Dog Alliance has provided the safe and nurturing environment for Moose and I to become a well honed team. We have taken their class that are taught by the great staff there and we are now Complex+ certified. Our latest volunteering was at ABIA to help the stressed out travelers. This was a unique and very rewarding experience for us. From Hounds for Heros, Bow Wow Reading, hospitals, nursing homes and the list goes on for the great giving that the teams of Austin Dog Alliance provide services. A++ all the way.

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1 Chitra S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Dog Alliance is an absolutely fantastic organization with individuals who help others improving lives by harnessing the therapeutic power of dogs, from helping our young children learn to read to providing comfort to our parents and grandparents in their senior years. Dogs enrich our lives in so many ways, bringing happiness and comfort to young and elderly the same.
After taking the Dog Alliance Pet Therapy class that was taught by one of my favorite, knowledgeable, experienced and most entertaining instructors Carolyn Honish, my dog Dolph, and I are now Certified Pet Therapy volunteers. We visit elderly, individuals going thru rehabilitation in nursing homes as well as spending time with kids in the Bow Wow Reading program in libraries. It is one of the most rewarding experience to see Dolph bring comfort and smiles to so many individuals. We look forward to being part of this organization for many years to come.

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Debi 12/27/2017

Welcome to the group. We are honored to work with you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We took our dog to The Dog Alliance for basic obedience training. After the class we asked about their therapy program and were told our dog would be a good candidate. We then took their therapy dog training, then tested and received our therapy dog certification. Now we are sharing our wonderful dog with residents at nursing homes and being an ambassador for the organization. God blessed us with a wonderful dog and a wonderful organization to help us serve others as a demonstration of his love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently been enrolled as a volunteer at The Dog Alliance, and am so glad that I did. I've had the opportunity to interact with the staff and be introduced to the awesome programs this organization offers. It has been very uplifting to see the outcome of the hard work that these employees/volunteers do. To see the furry four-legged humans working hard and so diligently to show off their skills is so rewarding. The interaction between the animals and the humans is incredible. I am so proud to be a part of this organization, and encourage others to join in and help this non-profit organization continue to flourish and be rewarding to all!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

"The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog," M. K. Clinton, The Return.

The Dog Alliance is helping the world become that nicer place through our mission of improving the health and well-being of individuals and families through therapeutic programs incorporating the powerful connection between dogs and humans.

Programs have been developed to train dogs adopted from shelters to become service animals for veterans suffering from post traumatic stress, through the Hounds for Heroes program. Additionally, emotional support dogs are trained for families with a special needs member; i.e., someone with autism or suffering from generalized anxiety disorder or other emotional disturbance

The Dog Alliance also has 175 trained pet therapy teams that provide volunteer services.in nursing homes, hospitals, schools and libraries throughout the area. Plus, the Bow Wow Reading Dog teams receive additional supplemental training before working with at-risk readers throughout local school districts.

Additional services offered to the community are Job Skills Training Programs, which provides canine-related employment training for young adults with mental or physical challenges. They are taught technical skills for jobs in shelters, dog day care, boarding kennels, grooming facilities and veterinarian offices. Students are also trained in the social etiquette of finding and keeping employment. Also, they will receive assistance in finding paid employment opportunities after successfully completing the program.

I cannot speak highly enough of The Dog Alliance and the compassionate and valuable services they bring to so many deserving people in the form of highly-trained, loving and hard-working dogs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with The Dog Alliance is through the Job Skills Program that they offer. Having two sons of my own with high functioning special needs, discovering the S+CORE program gave me hope. These very deserving young adults are walked through the entire process of being ready and presentable for a job interview, writing a professional resume, the interview process itself and with extensive hands-on training with the dogs, the ultimate goal of gainful employment working with animals in our community. Always by their side is Susan Windham, who has an obvious love and passion for what she does. Once these individuals are employed, Susan will go to the place of employment, if needed, and work directly with management to ensure proper on the job training is taken place and be a mentor for the employer and the new employee. If someone wants to succeed in this program, The Dog Alliance will make it happen. I have hope for my sons future that he will be able to what so many of us take for granted. THANK YOU to The Dog Alliance, Susan and Debi Krakar, the woman who had a vision to make things better and started all of this.
"Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen."
- Orhan Pamuk

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Austin Dog Alliance (now The Dog Alliance) since 2012 and I can say unequivocally that I have never seen a more devoted group anywhere. These folks strive constantly to improve conditions for individuals in the community via the influence of dogs: dogs helping children enjoy literacy, helping differently-abled young adult develop work skills, training therapy and service dogs and teaching, always teaching how to make the lives of dogs, and people via dogs, better every day. They send therapy dogs to hospitals, schools, courtrooms and nursing homes quite literally on a daily basis. Here is service in action. Kudos!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization led by a truly inspired woman, Debi Kraker. They have over 300 volunteers who serve the community with pet therapy visits to schools (Bow Wow Reading), hospitals, retirement and nursing homes and special events around Central Texas. They rescue and place dogs in homes with an almost 100% success rate as they take the time to carefully home train the dogs and screen the families with whom the dog will live. Their services to families with children on the Autism spectrum is the gold standard and they have a Youth Association for teens that works with and supports them and other animal welfare organizations throughout Central Texas. I have never enjoyed volunteering as much as I do with the Austin Dog Alliance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Susan with Austin Dog Alliance worked with my autistic daughter for almost two years to help her overcome her fear of dogs. My son loves dogs and was so sad that we couldn't have one. We had a hard time visiting other families and going out to parks. Now my daughter is comfortable with dogs and with the help of Austin Dog Alliance we have a wonderful sweet dog that we all love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping others with the assistance of a furry friend has been a dream of mine for over 20 years. I finally found the best dog in the world...and a fantastic organization to match! Austin Dog Alliance provided me and my dog with excellent training, support, and guidance to make my dream a reality. My dog and I are now making positive impacts on the lives of kids and adults across the Austin area. Thank you Austin Dog Alliance!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization that has provided me the opportunity to help others through volunteering with my dog, Beau. Everyone is very helpful and ADA is very organized with their events. Beau (Therapy dog) and I signed up for the 6 week therapy training session and successfully passed the exam after. The instructor, Carolyn Honish, was extremely helpful and nice! Class was fun and a great way to bond with your dog, regardless. I would highly recommend affiliating with this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been very actively involved with Austin Dog Alliance for a year and a half and am amazed with the impact in people’s lives that they facilitate. The service dog program, Hounds for Heroes, provides service dogs for veterans and first responders with PTSD. They also offer training for young adults with disabilities to train them for jobs working with animals. The program most close to my heart is the therapy dog training and certification. My wife and I are both certified handlers and our dog is a therapy dog. We see the impact that ADA enables every week.

Just one example, we walked into a nursing home for the first time and saw a resident sitting in the corner alone. She smiled when she saw our dog, Chaucer, so we took him over. She had a huge grin on her face and talked to Chaucer the entire time as she petted him. I turned around and the entire staff were taking pictures. This woman had never spoken or smiled since she entered the nursing home. She had also never interacted with any other resident. The next time we came at our scheduled time, the woman was waiting in the front of the common area, interacting with other residents and has every week since then.

I have become so passionate about the charter and impact of ADA that I am now on the board of directors! It is an amazing organization and making an incredible impact! I am proud to be part of it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic group of individuals who help others by providing a service that brings happiness and better health to those in need. My dog, Rex, and I are a volunteer registered Therapy team. We visit people in the hospital, nursing homes, schools, etc. There are many heart-warming stories for which we have been privileged to be a part thanks to all the efforts by the staff at Austin Dog Alliance.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Five years ago I rescued a young German Shepard from a local shelter . He had been seized from a breeding facility . He had spent his first year outside . He had never worn a collar , been shown any love or even had a toy to play with . I enrolled in classes at the Austin Dog Alliance
to help me teach him basic manners . The trainers there saw some thing intuitive about my dog . After we had completed two manners classes they urged me to continue into therapy training with him . We have just completed our third year as a therapy team . My dog has taught me so much about compassion and patience . It is all because of Austin Dog Alliance .

Laura326

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Austin Dog Alliance's work with people -- especially children -- on the autism spectrum, veterans with depression or PTS, at-risk readers, the elderly and the infirmed is inspiring. I've watched them first hand and seen the joy their dog teams bring others. And I've spoken with vets whose lives have been made possible with an ADA-trained therapy dog. I've also had the pleasure of taking two dog training classes myself. Their reward-based dog training method works beautifully. I cannot recommend more the work of any other animal-based nonprofit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Austin Dog Alliance is a wonderful organization. Many of the therapy dogs I've met were trained there, and the dogs and their handlers make a huge difference in people's lives. We are on the list for an emotional support dog for our daughter with autism, and having that dog will make all the difference in the world to us. Our daughter attended the autism camp at ADA and had a blast with the fantastic dogs and guides! I'm so glad Austin Dog Alliance is helping people with specific needs to connect with the magical dogs who can help them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love Austin Dog alliance. Such great people and they help people and animals in need. If only there were more organizations like this .

1 Bradley4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a great organization to be working with and supporting. I own a clothing company that donates to help keep their dog training program for veterans with PTSD alive. Ive been working with them for about two years and have had heard nothing but great things about their work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Austin Dog Alliance provides quality services to communities by enriching people's lives through beloved four legged animals. The facility itself is very theraputic where it gives plenty of spaces for dogs and owners or trainers to exercise. Volunteering for Austin Dog Alliance has given me opportunities to meet other dog lovers, quality trainers, and also most importantly reaching out to the communities to tell about the great programs ADA offers. I am very happy to be a part of this organization!

2 Aaron60

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a special needs student who got my service dog Roxi from Austin Dog Alliance. I struggled with social cues, interaction with peers and fitting in. I was unable to attend classes due to my disabilities. Roxi came into my life and saved me. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't stop and think about how lucky I am to have Roxi to help me be a normal student able to function and thrive in high school. The people at Austin Dog Alliance put Roxi and I together and I will always be thankful to them for all their training, guidance and support.

1 Diane199

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As soon as I walked through the door of Austin Dog Alliance, I knew I was where I needed and wanted to be. The people are sincere and professional and the mission far exceeded my expectations. In addition, I was welcomed with open arms and have embraced Austin Dog Alliance with all my heart, time and energy. As part of the service dog care team, I have a great deal of responsibility and the people who give that trust to me are dedicated to the dogs and the mission and take the work seriously. I highly recommend the classes, as well--my dog and I took a class together and loved it--we are a better team because of it--the instructors are top rate. They are a smart and honest operation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I and my pup took the Manners II class here. It was organized and very informative. Kathleen the instructor was great as well. I liked it so much I have decided to volunteer and work on the service dog care team. What a great purpose and service ADA Id offering to the community. I am privileged to be able to be a part of it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I took my 4 month old puppy for puppy manners training. The trainer was awesome- lot of patience with all the puppies and humans being trained.

1 Jim_174

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people that work and Volunteer here are amazing. They do great work for the Community and for Veterans. If you are looking for a worthy Organization to Volunteer for, this is the one.

Marcy9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My dog and I have been a pet therapy team with Austin Dog Alliance for five years. We took the pet therapy training course and certification offered through ADA. They were excellent and we were well prepared for the many varied circumstances we've encountered through the years with Bow Wow Reading in elementary schools, interactions with children at the Travis County Courthouse in Child Protective Services court, and lots of events. The other programs Austin Dog Alliance offers really serve a broad spectrum of needs in our community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just completed a Manners 1 class with my dog at Austin Dog Alliance. Kathleen was a fabulous instructor. The class was well organized and stayed on-task with good individual attention to each of the dogs in the class. The facility is beautiful, clean and well kept. I will be going here for any future training needs.

Diane189

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We took dog training and dog therapy classes at Austin Dog Alliance (ADA) and were very impressed with the quality of their facilities, their trainers and the courses. We are now a therapy dog team and ADA has helped place us in appropriate facilities including schools and retirement homes. Their encouragement, support and resources are exceptional. I am very impressed with ADA and would recommend them to anyone looking for anything from basic dog training to agility, therapy dog, service dog, and many other programs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My therapy dog and I just moved to the Austin area. Austin Dog Alliance came highly recommended by our former therapy dog group in Dallas. This organization does so many wonderful things for both people and dogs. The staff is simply amazing; friendly, courteous, helpful, and knowledgeable. Although I am a new member, I already feel at home and am privileged to work with some truly heroic people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of being associated with Austin Dog Alliance for the past several years both as a volunteer and as a client. The training staff has been wonderful with my rather difficult border collie. ADA is extremely supportive and appreciative of their volunteers.