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Review for ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities, Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Kimberly Specht and I was referred to ECAD a little over a year ago. I am a military veteran and heard about ECAD from another veteran who received a dog from here. I applied and made contact with ECAD in April of 2009--I left with my dog after two weeks of "boot camp" with my dog, Toby, in November 2010. The process was swift, but thorough. The staff was professional, considerate, compassionate and friendly. My dog is ADI certified having been trained and cared for his entire life. I'm part of a lifelong team here with ECAD. I love coming to visit, volunteering, teaching everyone about the programs and watching their eyes light up. The dogs make all the difference in the world. ECAD just wants to help everyone they can; you can feel it, see it and believe it!

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

I received my service dog, Toby, in November 2009. I've also been volunteering the last 3 weeks.. It's been so nice to spend so much time here with the staff and dogs!

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

get the word out about them!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the benefits from receiving my dog, Toby, and then the love and friendship of the staff---they're family

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Love 'em all!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

First, expand! More money, more dogs, more dogs, more students/clients! A larger facility, consistent staff, materials and supplies!

Ways to make it better...

there was nothing that could have been better

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not enough money,not enough hours in the day and not enough staff to go around. They work 24/7, for the love of the mission!

One thing I'd also say is that...

Toby is the best dog ever!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Client Served & Received service dog/volunteer time and service.