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    Posted January 17, 2013 by
    Bethel, Connecticut
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    Allow me to introduce ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities, a Connecticut-based Service Dog organization that is striving to give back in these “ruff” times.
    ECAD’s mission is to enable people with disabilities to gain greater mobility and independence using special educated dogs. In doing so, ECAD accomplishes so much more.
    Most people know of assistance dogs, or have seen a guide dog, but have no idea of the education that goes into developing the animal or the owner.  While ECAD  ECAD has pioneered the concept of teaching at-risk teens at alternative schools to educate dogs for the disabled through the ECADemy© program. ECAD believes that for every donation made, every dollar raised, three lives are changed: the client, the student, and the dog. Let me tell you, this is true!
    A group that while small in numbers, is big in heart, ECAD works tirelessly teaching these teens with emotional and learning difficulties to become productive members of their communities. As a result, the students receive unconditional love from the dogs, develop a marketable skill, and gain the experience of helping someone less fortunate than himself or herself. The benefits are innumerable.
    ECAD services a wide spectrum of people with disabilities. From the “Canine Magic” program, geared toward children with autism, to Project Heal™ , catering to a broad range of veterans, and Open Doors™ which places dogs in private homes, hospitals, courthouses, and nursing homes to create physical and emotional independence; ECAD does it's best to pay it forward. Moreover, they do anything and everything to help mitigate the $25,000.00 cost for the care and education of each dog placed through offering scholarships and regular fundraising.

    ECAD is satisfying very important needs of a disenfranchised populace, and every ounce of support helps us on our way!


    For more information visit us @ : www.ecad1.org


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