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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Create a sustainable and replicable program that engages veterans throughout the U.S. to train dogs from high-kill shelters as cost-effective service, emotional therapy and companion dogs.

Results: Since our inception in September of 2010, we have placed 165 dogs in loving homes.

Target demographics: Shelter Dogs, Veterans and Children suffering with PTSD

Direct beneficiaries per year: 95 dogs, 71 Veterans

Geographic areas served: Utah

Programs: Assessment and placement of shelter dogs for Veterans and others in need of a well trained companion or emotional service dog. Free training program and support for those adopting through our "Train the Trainer Program". Dogs are also "pre-trained" in the Utah State Prison with inmate trainers. Free adoptions and support for seniors wanting senior dogs and cats.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Initially I was looking to adopt or foster a dog but the more I learned about Canines with a cause the more I knew that I needed to offer what I could to this organization. It was a fantastic experience volunteering with Canines with a Cause! Saving homeless dogs and helping veterans is such important work, I looked forward to volunteering for the dog training sessions every week. I know that even though there is not monetary compensation the rewards that I received by spending time with these great people has added such great value to my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful opportunity to foster a CWAC dog. The goal of this organiation is such a win-win for all involved. The more you understand the far reaches of this program....the more it's importance to the communities it touches becomes apparent. Take a moment....learn more and I'm sure you'll want to be supportive and involved in some way with Canines with a Cause.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with CWAC, then hired a year ago. I have been working with shelter dogs and veterans closely. It is awesome to see how dogs can change a veterans life. I constantly point our to our participants any change I see in their own personality. I see a lot of smiles when thing go well. This is a great organization that I am happy to work for.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I used to train Seeing Eye dogs for the blind in NJ. I did this for 15 years. I loved the whole process of matching the right dog to the right person. Then, watching them blossom into a team was amazing to watch. The hard work I put into training a dog for a blind person and then watching what I did for someone was VERY rewarding. Because of my husband's job, I moved here to Utah and got involved with CWAC because of a good friend of mine. This program helps to match veterans with PTSD with the perfect dog that they themselves, through the expertise of a head trainer, will take classes to learn how to train there own service dog. Being involved with this whole process brings me back to my days working for The Seeing Eye. I feel the same reward for taking a shelter dog and matching them to a veteran who can change their life forever.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Canines With a Cause is such a great organization! They save 2 lives - the Veteran and the Dog! Their Executive Director works so hard to make sure that the needs of the Veterans and their Companion Dogs are met. The difference between the Dogs and Veterans once they start to work together on training is a wonderful site to behold !!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful thing to Save 2 Lives! I love helping Canines With a Cause save dogs on death row in shelters and place them with Veterans who have PTSD and need help putting their lives back. The dog training program really helps to make sure the Veteran and the Dog get the help to be able to stay together as a family. The Veterans love their dogs so much and in turn, the dogs love them. It is a match made in Heaven!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the animal welfare community for years and have seen many organizations. I'm very impressed with the Canines With A Cause organization. Their idea to bring our veterans much needed help by matching them with a dog that needs a home is brilliant. Thank you CWAC for providing a much needed service to those that have served our country and our animal friends that provide so much unconditional love to us.

JoAnn O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always been a huge supporter of animal adoption and the saving of animals. My brother is a Captain in the Army, so the helping of veterans is a personal passion of mine as well. Our veterans are returning home with many personal issues and changes in their lives. To connect them with a companion that will provide them with unconditional love is the perfect idea for both.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They do some amazing things with the dogs that have really helped people with disabilities. They are saving the lives of many people and animals at the same time. Awesome job!!!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit, combines my favorite passions Dogs and Veterans. The service they provide is life changing for recipients and volunteers. I've been able to connect with some amazing people and I found my best friend and companion through this orginzation.