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Review for ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities, Torrington, CT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In May of 2008 I was in a horrific car accident resulting in being paralyzed from the chest down. Prior to my accident I was very independent in life and also was very active in my community. I served as the towns volunteer Fire Chief for four years. After my accident I became very depressed not being able to do the things I once did freely. I had heard about service dogs in rehab but didn’t understand fully what they would do for me. Two years after coming home from the hospital I received a call from ECAD advising me that my application for a service dog was approved. Since being paired with my dog Mack, my life has changed dramatically. I am once again out and about and still involved with the fire company as much as possible. Mack accompanies me to college and is of great assistance. I cannot imagine my day without Mack as he is a great boost for my confidence in many day to day tasks. I cannot thank ECAD enough for the wonderful job they do with these dogs and the great job they do in the matching process!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Gaining independence throught the process of gaining a service dog and true companion.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Put together a better public educational campaign to make people relise what they actually do for people with disabilities.

Role:  Client Served & Recieved a service dog.