"Canines With a Cause" is excited to have 5 new dogs in our training program, Molly, a beautiful little Pit Bull Terrier, Duke, a Black Lab blend, Oliver, a very sweet Border Collie, Cody, our honor roll Aussie Mix and Charlie, a goofy, tap dancing Lab blend. They have been in training for 6 weeks and are doing exceptionally well, Charlie and Oliver already have potential homes.
CWAC is also excited to have a new home at the "Gateway to Canine Partnerships" facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Gateway has been training service dogs since 2004, we are happy to be sharing their space. We will miss the Friends of Animals (FOAU) Ranch and our wonderful Summit County volunteers, we are currently working on a program that will allow CWAC to have a presence in Summit County once again soon. More to come...
Tomorrow, March 3rd we will be having an open house for our veterans, volunteers and others interested in joining our program. If you are located in the Salt Lake /Park City area, please stop in. The Gateway facility is located at 40 North 800 West, Salt Lake City, Utah. The open house will be held from 10am to noon.
With tears of joy in our eyes we said good-bye to little Jack on Christmas Eve. Jack was one of the original "Canines With a Cause" in the first phase of our program. Phase one was beyond our expectations, it has been an amazing experience for our group, people and dogs. I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to everyone who made the successful beginning of this program possible; our generous donors, the dedicated volunteers who helped us train the dogs and took them out on field trips including a trolley ride on Main St. in Park City, our trainer Skye Potrais who taught us that positive reinforcement works not only for training dogs, but in our interactions with other people. Patrick Mahoney, our safety net for the veterans when they needed someone to talk to and support in their day to day lives.
Some of the dogs will continue training with their new people to be Psychiatric Service Dogs and others will just be constant loving companions, giving their people a reason to get up in the morning and unconditional love. We have learned so much and are now ready for Phase two.
Tomorrow we will be picking 5 dogs up from Salt Lake County Animal Services in Salt Lake City, UT. The dogs have been spayed or neutered and passed medical check ups, they have also had behavior assessments. The training will once again be held at the Friends of Animals Utah Rescue and Rehab Ranch in Summit County, Utah. Everyone is excited to meet the new dogs and start training.
We are very excited to announce that Best Friends Animals Society's Community Training Partners will be taking over all aspects of the training program for "Canines With a Cause". We are excited to have them on board, they bring knowledge, experience and talent to the program.
Thank you again for your ongoing support, we are looking forward to expanding the "Canines With a Cause" program to other areas in need this year and begin training in local correctional facilities. More to come....
Happy New Year!
It has been a very exciting past few weeks at the Friends of Animals Utah Rescue and Rehab Ranch. The fall weather has been perfect for the Canines With a Cause (CWAC) currently residing at the Ranch for outdoor walking and enjoying peace and quiet. The dogs are entering their third week of training and they are all doing wonderfully. Our volunteers are working with the dogs five days a week and the veterans are coming to participate each week taking their dogs to the next level of training.
The bonding has also began with several of the veterans who have brought their families along to meet and work with the dogs. The CWAC dogs will soon be ready to make home visits and also spend time at the Veterans Hospital in Salt Lake City cheering up patients and meeting new people.
Meet the dogs:
Fiona is a beautiful little girl who ended up at Salt Lake County Animals Services. We can't understand why as she is sweet and soft, her fur is like velvet. She is one of our top students and will be a very loyal and loving dog for her lucky family.
Joey is a little cattle dog who somehow found himself in a shelter. He is very smart and very hug-able, he will be a wonderful companion for someone who loves to spend time outdoors hiking as he is a working breed. He is also great at just being loved.
Jack is Mr. Personality, very busy. We think he is a mix of Jack Russell and Basset Hound, whatever mix he is works, as he is as cute as they come. He loves to play, one of his favorite games is being pulled around on the floor by Doug. He will also be a great outdoors and indoors companion. Jack was left in a drop box at a local shelter.
Little Miss Dixie is a southern charmer. She is a little older and wiser than the rest of the group, sweet and mellow. Dixie is a Shepard mix and would be happiest with a couch potato person, just snuggling. We can't understand how anyone could have left her behind.
Doug is the life of the party, very handsome and playful. He comes on like a dork but we know better, he's one smart dog! He has already stolen the heart of his soon to be family, lucky boy!
Cassidy the black lab is another sweet mellow girl looking for a family to love and take care of her. In return, she will do the same, she was the shelter favorite.
Thank you for your support for this important program, more updates and photos will be coming soon....
On Thursday, September 16th, eight dogs will be rescued from Salt Lake City shelters and come to the Friends of Animals Rescue and Rehab Ranch to meet their new prospective families. War veterans and their families will meet the dogs and get ready to begin training for their new furry companions. The "Canines With a Cause Program" will begin next week!
New statistics from the Veterans Affairs Department reveal that one in every four veterans will return home with some form of Brain Trauma or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, suicide rates for veterans are higher than they have ever been.
Veterans and their therapists report drastic reductions in P.T.S.D. symptoms and in reliance on medication after receiving a dog.
Please check back next week to meet the dogs, see photos from the open house and meet our veterans in the kick off program.
Since the project's inception on the Global Giving network in March 2010, the Dogs4Vets program has raised $8,265 online with a matching grant from a donor for a total of $20,765. We are so grateful to all of you who have given so generously—thank you!
The program is scheduled to officially kick off the third week in July at the new Friends of Animals Rescue and Rehab Ranch located in Summit County, Utah. The 16,000 square foot facility will be celebrating its grand opening on June 26th and we are blessed to have such a wonderful space for our dogs to stay while they are in our program.
We will launch our 6-8 week pilot program with 4 shelter dogs, 4 veterans from the Salt Lake City Veterans Administration, a clinical psychologist, a dog trainer and a number of volunteers to help care for the dogs during their stay at the Ranch. We are very hopeful that the pilot program will also allow us to train a few volunteers and some other dog trainers so that with the next phase of the program we will be able to rescue even more dogs from local shelters and match them with veterans with PTSD. We already have an amazing amount of interest from the community and anticipate that the number of veterans interested in having the unconditional love and support of a furry companion is going to be overwhelming.
It is our goal to eventually take the program into youth correctional facilities. Our trainers will provide the education and support necessary for the incarcerated youth to care for and train the dogs during their stay in the facility. When the dogs are able to achieve “good canine citizen” status they will then move on to find their forever home with one of our veterans. This planned extension of our program will allow the prisoners to experience the joy, compassion and sense of responsibility that can come from rehabilitating and training a dog, as well as learn valuable skills that can help them find a job upon release.
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