My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for OccuPaws Guide Dog Association, Madison, WI, USA
I moved to Madison, WI five months ago, and one of the first things I did was meet the Schultzes, who founded and run OccuPaws. Since I used to be a pro dog trainer, I soon began volunteering to teach classes, participating in training at Oshkosh prison, and helping write the curriculum for puppy raisers. My experience with OccuPaws has been 100% positive. Everybody I've met that volunteers with OccuPaws is very dog-savvy and enthusiastic, and they are all interested in and knowledgeable about dog behavior and positive-reinforcement training. OccuPaws is a very financially sound organization with accessible treasury reports. The organization only has one paid employee: an experienced harness trainer that does all the advanced training for the guide dogs. So any donations go directly into the program rather than paying for a bunch of directors' salaries. OccuPaws puts on very unique and well-attended fund-raisers, and are always getting creative to find funds to continue the program. In addition, I have spent time at the Schultze home, where puppies stay when they first come into the organization, and where the Schultzes themselves care for 1-3 program dogs at any given time. The Schultze's home and large grassy fenced yard are both extremely clean and tidy. Besides the yard, they have two spacious indoor/outdoor kennels that the dogs use occasionally. (All OccuPaws dogs are normally full-time indoor dogs--the kennels are used for occasional convenience on nice days). I just wanted to add something about their home, because I'm always reading about "hoarders masquerading as pet charities," so wanted to assure that everything with OccuPaws is on the up-and-up! I highly recommend supporting and volunteering with Occcupaws!
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