My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Four Paws To Freedom, Rancho Cordova, CA, USA
RRUFF Healing Heroes has worked with this amazing nonprofit since 2014, helping fund their service dog training program for disabled veterans with PTSD and other invisible disabilities. Their dedication to improving, and even saving the lives, of veterans and civilians alike proves that a service dog can make a difference. They have excellent trainers with extensive training. Master Trainer, Terry Sandhoff, has been training dogs for more than 15 years. Her program has reached a level of credibility that 4Paws2Freedom has been accepted as a candidate for certification by the ADI (Assistance Dogs International). We have seen first-hand the success of this program for the many veteran/dog team graduates over the past five years. When asked what is the most important thing your dog has done for you, without fail a veteran will say "My dog saved my life"
Review for Kitten Central Of Placer County Incorporated, Newcastle, CA, USA
The work Kitten Central does on behalf of the newborns is nothing short of miraculous. Having seen what they do close up and personal I cannot believe how committed these volunteers are. They set the standard for what it means to give all you have for a cause. Keep up the great work
Review for Rocklin Residents Unite For Fido, Rocklin, CA, USA
Founded in 2010 this nonprofit, which originally established Rocklin's first off-leash dog park, has now expanded. The primary mission of RRUFF is to serve disabled veterans and the canine community through it's Healing Heroes Program.
22 veterans die by suicide every day. RRUFF Healing Heroes exists for the sole purpose of being a catalyst for hope and change. We do this 1 veteran &1 dog at a time by funding service dog training for disabled American Veterans with PTSD and other invisible disabilities.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after you have been through a trauma. A trauma is a shocking and dangerous event that you see or that happens to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or others' lives are in danger. When you are in the military, you may see combat. You may have been on missions that exposed you to horrible and life-threatening experiences. These types of events can lead to PTSD. Other factors in a combat situation can add more stress to an already stressful situation. This may contribute to PTSD and other mental health problems. These factors include what you do in the war, the politics around the war, where the war is fought, and the type of enemy you face. Another cause of PTSD in the military can be Military Sexual Trauma (MST). This is any sexual harassment or sexual assault that occurs while you are in the military. MST can happen to both men and women and can occur during peacetime, training, or war.
One in every five American Veterans are diagnosed with PTSD and 22 Veterans die by suicide every day. These are saddening statistics that haunt our nation. Is there something that can be done to help these Veterans?
RRUFF-Dog Park inside Johnson-Springview park, the only off-leash dog park in Rocklin, has taken a stand to help our Veterans. RRUFF has created a program to fund service dog training for American Veterans suffering from PTSD, MST and other invisible disabilities. The “Healing Heroes” program reaches out to veterans within our community to help them heal through the bond they share with their dog. Healing Heroes provides funding for service dog training classes at Pet Food Express, Roseville; funds group service dog training classes for American Veterans enrolled at American River College and recently discharged veterans at Beale Air Force Base. Other training locations are in Rancho Cordova and Placerville. All classes are taught by 4Paws2Freedom service dog trainers under the guidance of master trainer, Terry Sandhoff.
RRUFF completed construction of the “Special Needs Area” inside the dog park in 2014 for the purpose of providing an outdoor site for service dog training. 4Paws2Freedom uses the area for outdoor veteran service dog training classes in addition to regular indoor classes. This site is also available to other service dog training groups in addition to veteran’s groups. Currently Guide Dogs for the Blind and Canine Companions for Independence use the site for their Puppy Raiser classes, all at no cost to them. Local rescue groups such as Haven Dog Rescue use the area for Adoption Days. Local dog meet-up groups like Sacramento/Placer County Bulldogs have monthly gatherings.
Did you know? Sierra Ranch Veterinary Clinic & Pet Rehabilitation Center is a long-time supporter to the Healing Heroes program. They not only offer financial assistance to the program, but also offer discounted veterinary services. They believe in giving back to our community and feel strongly about supporting area rescue groups, the Placer SPCA and local nonprofits. Additionally, Allegiant Giving is partnering with Healing Heroes with the intent of helping us expand our program to include more veterans and offer more services expand our program to include more veterans and offer more services beyond training. The Honor Group provides funding to Healing Heroes to purchase dogs for veterans in the program as needs arise.
How can you help? Making A Donation- no matter the size- helps fund a full one- year class for a Veteran and their dog in need of service dog training. Your 100% tax-deductible donation stays within the community and helps local Disabled American Veterans suffering with PTSD, MST and other invisible disabilities. Sierra Ranch Veterinary Clinic & Pet Rehabilitation Center will match your donation up to $10,000!
To make a donation or to learn more, visit the Healing Heroes website http://rruffhealingheroes.org/ or call, Victoria Curtis 916.435.0196 c: 415.806.2778
Review for Four Paws To Freedom, Rancho Cordova, CA, USA
4Paws2Freedom trainers work with veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The veterans and their service dogs in-training work together under the guidance of Master Trainer Terry Sandhoff and her staff of highly qualified trainers in this one (1) year program designed to minimize the negative effects of PTSD as a result of military service to our country. This program has changed and saved the lives of countless veterans. 22 veterans die by suicide every day. 4Paws2Freedom makes a difference every day - 1 veteran & 1 dog at a time.