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Freedom Service Dogs, Inc.

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Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Human Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Freedom Service Dogs, Inc. (FSD) is a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from shelters and trains them to assist individuals with disabilities, thus increasing each client''s independence and peace of mind.

Programs: FSD assists people with a broad range of impairments, including children with developmental disabilities, and provides trained dogs for professional therapists in Animal-Assisted Therapy. Freedom Service Dogs' mission is to: - Rescue dogs from shelters and train them to assist people with impairments - Provide trained service, skilled companion, and social dogs to assist clients, teach the client to work with their dog, and provide lifetime support for the client-dog team. - Educate the public about the access rights and etiquette for all types of assistance dogs. The program starts with extensive temperament, health, and soundness evaluations of abandoned dogs. FSD adopts out dogs that fail the program and releases them to private homes. Volunteers attend a Handlers' Class to learn to help with dog care and training. Volunteers also help with education and office work. Clients attend the Handlers' Class plus a three-week Placement Class to learn to work with their dog. FSD provides lifetime support for the team. Since 1987, FSD has trained and placed 125 service and skilled companion dog teams.

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