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Topaz Assistance Dogs Inc.

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Causes: Animal Services, Animals, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Health, Human Services, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: The mission of Topaz Assistance Dogs is to empower individuals with disabilities by providing safety and independence through partnership with skilled Assistance Dogs.

Target demographics: Children and adults with disabilities

Programs: Training and placing highly skilled Assistance Dogs

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Janine S.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

From the first day I met Shoshana, I knew that I was in the right place. Her acute knowledge of training a service dog and matching it with the right person is based on years of experience. She is both dedicated and passionate about her dogs and clients and will take as much time as needed from the initial meeting to training (which includes the client) to handoff and beyond. Due to health issues, I became part of the Topaz family and was teamed with Ziva. It feels shallow to say that my life has changed for the better, but it is true. I often wonder how I functioned without her and the support of my “extended” family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My two teens and I became puppy raisers for Topaz Assistance Dogs at the start of 2020 Covid19 and quarantine. I have heard about service dogs, but because of Topaz, I now understand the magnitude of the positive, life changing impact this organization brings to children and adults with Autism and other physical and cognitive health conditions. The founder Shoshana is extremely knowledgeable and goes above and beyond to provide a high level of training tailored to each individual’s needs and lifestyle. Topaz is very professional and caring. It has been an honor for my family and I to be a part of this organization that enriches so many lives by providing wonderful dogs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m in my 4th year with Topaz, and Shoshana and Robbie are still very much involved with C’est Si Bon and me! Follow up reevaluations keep us focused and always training. They are always available for questions and encouragement.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Shoshana is a true angel! And Topaz Assistance Dogs is the real deal! Not only does she give back in her free time, this amazing nonprofit is serving the community and making differences in so many lives!

Timothy Paul B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is our third time going through the process of obtaining a medical alert dog for our daughter. Anyone that has been through this process knows it is not a short process and sometimes there are many obstacles that need to be overcome by the client as well as the trainer/provider. We have already been working with Shoshana and Topaz for eight months and have nothing but praises for her and the organization. Shoshana initially met with us and evaluated our need while one a trip to our region. She met with us for the entire afternoon and asked us as many questions about our daughter and her needs as we asked about Shoshanna’s experience and the environment she established at Topaz. We left that meeting with plans to travel to Topaz in two months in order to tour their facilities and have an opportunity to have our daughter work with Shoshana and some potential partners. Unfortunately, COVID-19 became our obstacle and but travel on hold.
When the world had started to open up, we traveled to Florida for our Topaz experience. Shoshana met with us over two days and it was a joy to work with her in her environment. She did some basic drills with our daughter with a couple of dogs and we even did some extensive public access drills. This opportunity gave Shoshana a chance to observe all of us working with the dogs and evaluate the various needs of our daughter. Through our discussions and visit, Shoshana realized abilities a dog would need to have in order to meet the multiple medical needs of our daughter. When we would start discussing the various situations, we have found ourselves in with our daughter’s health and it was so refreshing to see Shoshana’s reactions and the depth of understanding and empathy she has for our daughter’s situation. We ended the visit with all of us having a better understanding of the requirements for a medical alert dog as well as the next steps in the process.
I have nothing but positive things to say about Topaz and Shoshana. She has a solid plan to manage her organization and execute her vision of helping others in need. She knows what she is doing and has so much empathy for those that need a medical alert dog. I look forward to continuing this journey with Shoshana and Topaz and would recommend them to anyone searching out a medical alert dog.

Kitty Ziegler B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are thrilled to be working with Topaz to find the perfect Service Dog for our daughter. She needs a dog for mobility support as well as Diabetes support. Shoshana has been patient, kind and so thorough working with us. She’s assessed the needs of our daughter by watching her work with other dogs and studying her mobility. She carefully measured the height of our daughter and the height requirement of her future dog. We are in constant contact with her and look forward to a lifelong partnership and friendship with Topaz.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is wonderful to see such a kind and caring organization bring light and independence to those in need. I take pride in knowing that dogs from my own personal breeding program are helping build the foundation of Topaz Assistance Dogs! Seeing the dedication that the trainers put in and the outcome just amazes me. Keep up the great work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about my wonderful experience with Topaz Assistance Dogs! Shoshana and Robbie not only changed my life when they helped pair me with my dog (Lyra), they also changed the life of so many children... Lyra is both a hearing alert dog and a facility dog who works with children with special needs. I could not imagine not having Lyra as a part of my personal and professional life. Topaz went above and beyond with Lyra's initial training, the process of pairing Lyra and I, training me, and the follow-up training with both Lyra and myself. I truly love the Topaz Family!

AnnaGrace B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am in the process of getting my next service dog who will help me with mobility and diabetes. Topaz Assistance have been great while working with me and going through the process to find the right service dog for me. Everyone is patient and helpful to match me with the perfect dog. I’ve met with them to train and assess what I need it was a blast and can’t wait to see what they have in store for me in the future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Incredible and Amazing. Those are only two of the words I would use to describe Topaz Assistance Dogs. The time, effort, and care they put into training the dogs in all kinds of situations is far more than I would have imagined. They have even brought Dogs to my animal sanctuary for training so they could be exposed to different types of animals to help train them for every situation they might come across after being matched.

I have first-hand seen the patience and knowledge that is taken when they are able to transform an energetic puppy into a gentle dog that alert to its surroundings and is able to behave superbly in any situation that they are in.

They are incredibly knowledgeable and clearly love what they do. I would highly recommend Topaz Assistance Dogs for anyone in need of an assistance dog.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As and affiliate trainer with Topaz Assistance Dogs and having a Topaz Assistance Dog myself, I know first hand how life changing this organization is. Our founder Shoshana places great importance on matching the perfect service dog with a specific client. She takes time to get to know the daily lives and specific needs and requirements of each client to ensure we can provide the highly skilled and specialized service dog the client needs. She also takes the time to ensure that the client and service dog are a match personality wise too. This means Shoshana personally travels to our clients with the prospective service dog to meet with them and their family to ensure an unbreakable bond and specialized partnership is established and that the client and service dogs personalities are a good fit for each other. Topaz Assistance Dogs is an organization that truly invests in their clients and their service dogs. We provide lifetime support and continued training throughout the entire partnership. We truly are family and pride ourself on that support. My Topaz service dog truly changed my life and with her and Shoshana I have gained the independence I have longed for and now am able to give back and train service dogs for others in need!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Shoshana in the beginning of her training service dogs. She is an exceptional trainer and friend. When she started Topaz, I knew this was going to be one of the best service dog training programs out there. Her care and commitment to the dogs and to the clients is incomparable. She has built on her years of working knowledge of training and using a service dog to become one of the best trainers I have ever known. Her compassion comes through in everything she does. She has made Topaz Assistance Dogs, Inc. the top program I have ever seen. I always recommend people contact this organization whenever I am asked about my service dogs and where should people look to get one for themselves.

JJurgle

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Shoshana for many years. The love of our furry kids brought us together and her beautiful soul has kept us as friends. When she decided to open her own Assistance Dogs Non Profit organization, I was so excited for her and the lucky recipients of the pups. Shoshana is a perfectionist and gives 150% in what ever she does. Her organization is just that 150% of Shoshana and the pups she raises and trains for the many people in need are truly happier with their lives with a Topaz Assistance Dog.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Topaz Assistance Dogs is a small and very powerful non-profit agency who changes lives everyday! As an assistance dog training and placement agency, Topaz has the client placement protocols, training and matching experience, and overall structure equal to the largest and oldest agencies in the country. I am a trainer in this field with over 10 years of working experience for small and large agencies with multiple specialized credentials. As an independent contractor I also work for several other Service Dog agencies. Topaz offers exceptional client support and follow up with their local/regional Field Rep Trainers. I have worked very closely with Topaz for a year during this highly challenging and difficult year of 2020. While working with Topaz, I have always been included in training and client discussions, as well as the difficult and ever changing pandemic/covid-19 safety protocols. This agency operates with the highest level of care & empathy not only for their clients, but also for each and every one of their dogs! Topaz hand selects puppies/dogs for their breeding line, training programs and placements. ALL of these canine team members are raised and trained on their family farm and live in their homes and the homes of puppy raisers and trainers. Topaz Assistance Dogs has the personal touch and high accountability of being a small non-profit, that delivers a larger agency knowledge base, experience level, professionalism and standards.

jung0909

Donor

Rating: 5

I am an avid supporter of Topaz Assistance Dogs and their founders Shoshana and Robbie Tanner. Their dedication in raising and training their service dogs and their compassion for their clients are unmatching! A successful partnership between the dog and the handler is not only based on the quality of service dogs but their attention to detail in ensuring that the life long partnership is a true match and the "human" partner is ready for the relationship. This organization is one of the best!

Mike R.7

Donor

Rating: 5

Great Job! Proud to be a sponsor and donor! Robbie and Shoshana are super sweet and caring!

jen20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Topaz Assistance Dogs, is a top-notch 501(c)3 organization. They are an extremely professional service/assistance animal training organization. I'm proud of the things that they are doing to enrich the lives of individuals living with Autism and other mobility and cognitive health conditions.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Topaz is an AMAZING organization!!! Shoshanna & Robbie are so kind & caring & ALL of their dogs are family. Great feeling to know that their training has helped so many in need.❤️

Karla G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Shoshana for many years. She is knowledgeable about service dogs and dedicated to helping those with disabilities. Topaz is a reflection of that. Topaz Assistance Dogs strives to produce top quality service dogs. From their careful dedication to selecting the best puppies for training and future breeders to the quality socialization and training they receive. Topaz strives to produce healthy, happy, stable dogs who will be the best service dog they can be!

Jenna R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Topaz is truly one of a kind! They take so much time, energy, love, compassion to help others. They do amazing work with all their dogs and treat them as if they were their own babies! Truly remarkable!

Robbie T.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

As one of the founding Board Members, it has been such a blessing to be a part of a community like this. The volunteers, donors, clients, and everyone involved makes Topaz stand out as beacon of hope for those that benefit from the services provided. I would like to thank everyone that has made what we do here possible.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As one of the founding members of Topaz Canine Services, I am proud to be part of an organization that is making life-changing impacts on the lives of people with disabilities. Topaz Canine is made of dedicated volunteers who invest their hearts into making this possible so that clients may experience the independence these incredible dogs provide.

hazelangeleyes4u

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve known Shoshana for many years. I was always in awe of her training of her service dogs!
I always said she should open a school and when she did she impressed me more.
Definitely very highly recommend if your in her area & looking for a very well tasked trained service dog. Or if you want to volunteer for them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a fan of this school since it opened. I have donated to it because the owners/founders of the organization train their dogs amazing . I have known the owners prior to them opening the school and saw the wonderful work that they do by providing well trained service dogs to people with different disabilities.

d_rollzz

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i have known shoshana for years... she is an amazing woman, and an excellent dog trainer as well. i'm so glad i live in an area of Florida that she is servicing.

i have met several of her assistance dogs and have been super impressed.

when i found out shoshana was now going to be servicing my area of Florida. i got in touch with her and applied. my current assistance dog will be turning 10 in October and by the time my next assistance dog is ready my current dog will be going into retirement.

she believes every service animal deserves a retirement and i couldn't agree more

one of the things that make this organization great is that they don't just pair you with any assistance dog. she wants to make sure that the dog can do everything for you it needs to do, and that it's personality matches your lifestyle. after she accepts a client she then personally goes to that person home to make sure the assistance dog will be cared for and in a good environment.

she goes above, beyond, and then a little bit further. overall a great program top to bottom.

Jill Snyder C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Shosana and her team are great! She did a presentation to our TBI group and I was amazed to learn they are one of the few organizations that train their dogs for multiple disabilities. I true custom dog for the particular individual. Happy to promote and support them.

Bill S.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I discovered Topaz a couple years ago and was very impressed with the quality of training and passion for helping people through service dogs displayed by Shoshana. I volunteered to join the board shortly after this introduction to help Topaz grow and provide service dogs to as many of those in need as possible. As a retired IT executive I have a long career of working with results oriented projects and I see Topaz as an example of a results oriented non-profit with a mission to help the many people that can have a life altering benefit from a quality service dog.

Presley C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are not enough characters in this little box to convey they love, appreciation, and respect I have for Topaz Canine Services. The work they do is unlike any other in this community. They treat ALL tgeir clients like family, make you feel completely supported, and provide support in all areas along the way. Robbie and Shoshana are unlike any other. Their care and knowledge for the dogs is incredible and it shows. Not only do they help individual children and adults with disabilities but entire groups in the Autism community as well. My husband and I feel blessed to know them and honored to work with Topaz Canine Services!

Shoshana R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Topaz Canine Services is an organization that deeply cares about their clients. They strive for high standards within the industry not only with exceptionally trained dogs but ones that also really love their jobs!

Topaz Canine develops strategic partnerships by tailoring the dog's training for the individual's unique needs and lifestyle; not a "one size fits all" approach. Clients receive comprehensive follow up and life time hands-on support.

Sarah T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough good things about Topaz. They train amazing dogs and are amazing people. I have worked with them both professionally and personally. They are the real deal.

debra

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is one of the best out there for incredibly trained service dogs. Not only is the for the dog second to none, but they take the time to work with the new handler to insure that the partnership between service dog and handler is optimized and is a perfect match. They truly care about the dogs and make sure that the dog is suitable for the task it will perform for a person with disabilities. They also make certain that the dogs that are released from the program are placed in good homes where they will thrive.

In addition, this is my "go to" organization for information on service dog accessibility. They are actively working in the community to educate the public on service dogs and the rights of those who require those dogs.

This is an amazing organization!

Lessie R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Topaz Canine Services is the real deal. Shoshana and Robbie have the knowledge, passion and compassion to work with dogs and clients to bring out the best in both. They aren’t limited to one disability and are working with great planning and forward thinking to continue this endeavor for the best results for clients and canines. Love them! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

1 Shelley R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a client of Topaz Canine Services for almost a year. Topaz is dedicated to changing people’s lives by pairing their clients with a dog that is trained for the clients needs. The dogs give their handlers freedom, and confidence, to live their lives with confidence. Topaz has changed my life and of many others.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Topaz Canine Services is a tremendous organization. I am a senior citizen and have been a member of the ‘Topaz Family’ since fall 2016. Topaz’s ability to access and meet the clients’ individual needs is beyond compare. Topaz possesses the great skill required to be able to understand numerous disabilities and what is required to improve the quality of life for each client. After that assessment, the tremendous training skills come into play. It is thrilling to see the communication develop between the trainer/dog/client as the service animal is expertly trained by this organization to execute his duties. Topaz excels at meeting client needs in a most friendly and caring environment. That is why I call myself a member of the ‘Topaz Family’. Topaz Canine Services brings hope to many with an exceptionally trained service companion, the bonus of unconditional love and lifetime of friendship within the ‘Topaz Family’.