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COURAGE SERVICE DOGS

Plymouth, MN   |  www.courageservicedogs.org

Mission

At Courage Service Dogs, we are passionate about helping our community public safety workers cope with the devastating effects of trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Lisa Burkett

Main address

10647 57th Place North

Plymouth, MN 55442 USA

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EIN

46-4559423

NTEE code info

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are currently seeking assistance to cover costs associated with puppy raising and service dog training. Due to COVID-19 we have been unable to conduct any fundraising events this year. Despite the inability for our dogs to currently work, we continue to accrue expenses related to their care, training and well-being. As a small organization it is difficult to raise the funds required for even the basic supplies.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Service Dogs Assisted Therapy

Courage Service Dogs trains English Labradors to be used in our Service Dog Assisted Therapy Program. After they are fully trained with specific tasks, we provide therapists with the use of our dogs during individual and group therapy. We train each therapist on how to assist first responders with the barriers that PTSD & trauma may cause during therapy sessions.
This differentiates us from most therapy dog programs that provide support and comfort with their dogs, but do not train them to perform specific service dog tasks. Our service dogs live in our carefully selected permanent foster homes and are transported to a therapist's office by our staff of volunteers.
PTSD is a huge sacrifice made by those who protect our lives on a daily basis. We are determined to give back to these heroes and do what we can to make their lives better.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Emergency responders
People with other disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities
Victims of crime and abuse

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In 2019 our dogs worked over 1500 hours and assisted hundreds of individuals. Due to COVID-19, in 2020 we were only able to provide services between January and March. The clinics our dogs work for have been closed and therapy sessions have been conducted online. If the current health situation allows us to return to providing services in January of 2021, it is our goal to have our dogs working over 2000 hours next year. This would allow us to add more clients to the caseload of each service dog.

We will continue to reinforce the training of our dogs so they will be ready to return to work once it's medically safe to do so. We acquired a new puppy in June of 2020 and have placed her in a permanent foster home. The puppy has already begun her training program. We are working together with our largest client (a mental health care system in the area) to find additional clinicians and therapists to add to our program. Once it is safe, we will also reconnect with the local fire departments who are members of our pilot fire station program

We currently have personnel to meet our goals. However, as we add dogs to our program, it will be necessary to find volunteers who can assist with dog transportation. This likely won't be a problem, as we have several resources to draw from. We have some financial reserves that we are using to cover the most basic expenses.

We currently have five dogs who work from 8-20 hours per week. Each dog works a four hour shift and has an average caseload of four clients per shift. At the beginning of 2020, were in the early stages of developing a pilot program with local fire departments. Some are interested in respite visits from our dogs on a weekly basis, while others are on the path to acquiring a "station dog" that will live at the station. We are looking forward to returning to the planning of that unique program. We would also like to add another puppy to our training program. This will allow us to provide uninterrupted support as our older dogs begin to reach retirement age.

Financials

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Operations

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COURAGE SERVICE DOGS

Board of directors
as of 06/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lisa Burkett

Courage Service Dogs

Term: 2014 -

Leslie Anderson

Melissa Scanlan

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/8/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

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Disability