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Canines With a Cause

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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Aerous E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a veteran I know what it means to have non-profit organizations like this one looking out for me. As a disabled, I absolutely can attest to the saving power of animals in my therapy.

It keeps me from being depressed. it helps me know that there are creatures in the world that offer their love unselfishly.

Canines With a Cause is not only a good cause, IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL for many veterans who are suicidal, or lost with no hope. Men and women who are finding it hard to re-adjust to civilian life with special needs. CWAC is the best.

Hatty T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

staff members & volunteers helped us thru every step of the adoption of our addition to our family. Every detail was addressed & handled without a fuss. Transported our puppy to us without a moments hesitation. thank you!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome organization that does everything they can for the dogs that need help and also the veterans. I have not had the opportunity to adopt from them or help by fostering but I have watched them help lots of dogs and I hope to work with them once my circumstances allow it


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of knowing the Canines with a Cause team since the concepting phase for this amazing not-for-profit organization. I am continually at awe by the dedication and service this team provides to Military Veterans as well as well deserving shelter animals. The concept of this pairing is so logical and natural. The execution takes a loving and diligent team willing to make continual sacrifices on behalf of this program. To date 165+ animals have been placed in loving homes. This not only means that 165+ shelter animals have been saved from a life of total uncertainty, it also means that 165+ loving families have been given the gift of unconditional love and companionship. The time and financial resources necessary to make these connections happen are a necessary part of the equation - but the return makes every minute and dollar spent well worth it. BRAVO Canines With A Cause for your diligent work serving both the shelter animal community as well as the Military Veterans community. You are an incredible group!

Walt M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is to add more information to what my friend, Myron Peterson, had to say. I'm a Certified Peer Support Specialist, CPSS. I have talked to Canines With a Cause, and what they have to offer is much more. I have refered Vets there from the SLC, Utah VA Hospital. What doesn't get mentioned as their stories are being told, is that their services are free. They will find the right dog to match your needs, free, help you with the needed training for them to be a Service Dog, free, and depending on your circumstances, help you with other needs. Canines With a Cause needs to be made a Cause that everyone is aware of, be they Vet or cilvilian. If it hadn't been for Myron, I would still not know where to send Vets that really could use help with their MH issues. So one and all. tell everyone about them so that they are aware of the services available, be it friends, Doctor's, Therapist, or whoever. It's a much needed Service, and I greatly appreciate everything they are accomplishing. (Editors note; if any of this information is not as stated, please let me know so that I relay the correct information.) :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know of this charity only through Facebook as I'm not resident in the US, but that's my point: I wanted to support it by buying some merchandise; it was the first time they'd sent anything to my location, but they went more than the extra mile to advise me about the goods and to get them to me quickly and safely. More than can be said for many such organisations, even 'professionally-run' charities, for want of a better terms, as I believe most people in CWAC are volunteers. The work they do, which I know a little about from their Facebook posts, is excellent and vital. They never give up on a dog or a human.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Canines with a Cause provides a valuable service to the communities of Northern Utah and Southern Idaho. CWAC not only saves the lives of shelter animals who may otherwise perish to be overlooked in a shelter and brings out their best qualities and strengths through training and love, they also help save the lives of veterans who struggle with PTSD and other disorders. The dogs in the CWAC program flourish, often going from the lowly shelter pup who was given up or found as a stray, to a top performer when it comes to behavior and service. CWAC saves two lives with each adoption and is changing more lives every day.