This great detailed numbers page from the NEADS 2016 Annual Report stands in stark contrast to what’s available from most service dog organizations.
Is it reasonable to expect the biggest service dog organizations in the U.S. to make accurate statements about their programs? And to be clear and straightforward about things like how many dogs they train annually and in what categories, and the number of veterans they’ve served?
I think so. Don’t you?
That’s why I’ve been really disappointed lately with a few very prominent things I’ve seen from those organizations. I talk about those in detail and why they are so important to you in this latest podcast.
I also talk briefly about why I’m not a fan of the proposed Canadian General Standards Board service dog standard and don’t want to see anything like it here in the U.S., and the amazing growth of the Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy raising program here in Texas.
Update 07/13/17: There’s an excellent new very detailed podcast from Jonathan Mosen | The Blind Side about the problems with the CGSB standard that was posted after I recorded this one. I don’t necessarily agree with all the concerns expressed there, but it’s important to know that they exist and apply far beyond just this proposed standard, and he summed things up very well when he said it’s like “using a sledgehammer to crack a nut”. I added the link below – last day to comment on the standard is tomorrow, July 14.
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Ten Largest Service Dog Organizations in the U.S. by Assets – 2016
|Canine Companions for Independence||$56,352,754||$22,124,348||255||366|
|K9s for Warriors||$11,278,391||$8,705,687||41||73|
|Puppies Behind Bars Inc||$9,916,660||$3,132,436||17||10|
|Paws With A Cause||$6,200,945||$3,906,182||55||?|
|4 Paws for Ability||$5,349,541||$2,758,142||128||103|
|Support Dogs, Inc||$5,348,058||$1,433,617||19||19|
|Can Do Canines||$4,458,846||$1,458,715||33||34|
|Patriot Paws Service Dogs||$4,212,489||$3,673,694||26||?|
|Warrior Canine Connection||$2,740,802||$1,941,816||34||?|
Veterans initiative diagram from the Canine Companions for Independence 2016 Annual Report. It wasn’t clear to me. Is it clear to you?
What’s not in the CCI 2016 Annual Report – the category numbers. This is from their 2015 report.