How to Lend Holiday Help to Canine Assistants
Canine Assistants is a wonderful nonprofit organization offering service dogs, seizure response dogs and companion dogs for those with physical disabilities and other types of special needs. This organization relies solely on donations to provide trained dogs at no charge to those in need. We've asked our expert Gary Arnold of Canine Assistants how you can help them this holiday season.
Is Canine Assistants planning any special fundraising events for the upcoming holidays?
Gary: We have GA Gives Day coming up on November 17 — a 24-hour online fundraising extravaganza. Please share our social media posts and donate through the GA Gives Day link on November 17!
How can potential volunteers sign up to work with Canine Assistants or groups like them in their local communities?
Gary: Individuals can visit canineassistants.org and click on the volunteer link to learn about all of our local and national volunteer opportunities. Corporations in the Atlanta area can contact Canine Assistants through firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about corporate volunteer days.
What can potential volunteers expect once they are accepted on the local level in the Atlanta area or through the national volunteer program, Noah's Team?
Gary: Our volunteers go through specific classes and are assigned mentors to help them understand our service dog teaching methodology. They assist Canine Assistants with a wide variety of tasks including fostering and acclimating dogs to new environments, cleaning, fundraising and helping with recipient camps. Canine Assistants has about 250 active volunteers who help our program year round.
How can people donate to Canine Assistants? If money is tight, can they donate supplies instead?
Gary: Anyone interested in giving a financial donation can send a check to our headquarters at 3160 Francis Rd Milton, GA 30004 or donate online through the homepage. Supplies are always welcome! We have [an online] wish list for specific veterinary items, and a wish list on our website that includes all needed cleaning and operating supplies.
Can people donate to sponsor a specific dog's training or a dog for a specific recipient?
Gary: Canine Assistants does not sell service dogs, but certainly monetary donations can be made for a specific demographic, age range and geographical location for a future recipient. The puppy adoption program found on canineassistants.org is a great way to sponsor a dog and follow him or her through the teaching process.
To give a really meaningful holiday gift, can people donate to Canine Assistants in someone else's name and have that recipient notified of the donation?
Gary: Absolutely! Canine Assistants has special cards to send in honor or memory of someone during the holidays. You can find more information on our website.
Does Canine Assistants have any special needs in terms of supplies, other donations or assistance at this time of year?
Gary: Financial contributions are always welcome and appreciated during the holidays! Other items frequently used are creamy peanut butter, squeeze cheese, printing paper, [puzzle toys], 1-inch three ring binders and other office supplies.
Help Canine Assistants continue their great work with those in need by making a donation today! Looking for a pet-based nonprofit in your area to support during the holidays? Use our Pet Places map to find one.
Photo Credits #1 & #2: Canine Assistants
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