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Canine Partners of the Rockies Inc

One Person. One Dog. Partners in Life.

aka CaPR   |   Northglenn, CO   |  http://www.cpotr.org

Mission

Canine Partners of the Rockies enables Coloradans with disabilities to lead more independent and gratifying lives through partnership with highly skilled service dogs.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Kyle Lephart

Main address

PO Box 33136

Northglenn, CO 80233 USA

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EIN

75-3025982

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The National Institute of Health states that persons with disabilities are one of the most marginalized groups in Western societies. These inequalities are manifested through various disadvantages in the psychosocial, cultural, and economic domains. A person with physical disabilities often can benefit from the help of a service dog, who can increase independence and quality of life. As of 2021, about 13% of the US population lives with a disability and Colorado is no different. We believe that service dogs can positively impact the lives of those living with a disability.

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?

Puppy Raising

Volunteer puppy raisers raise and train our puppies until the dogs are approximately 18 months old. The puppy lives with the volunteer during this time, learning manners and basic commands. As a future service dog, the puppy is allowed to go anywhere with the puppy raiser as a service dog-in-training, providing the puppy with learning opportunities in a variety of social contexts. Puppy and volunteer attend weekly classes with our trainers who provide guidance on caring for the dog and teaching basic behaviors. We also have a community of puppy sitters who care for young puppies whenever the volunteer leaves town or needs a break. We never place puppies in kennels or use commercial boarding facilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Experienced dog handlers (advanced trainers) take on the job of training dogs that have completed the 18 month puppy raising program. The advanced trainers are responsible for teaching advanced service dog skills and preparing the dogs to be paired with a Colorado partner. All partners are carefully screened to identify their needs, determine whether they would benefit from a service dog, and to select the dog that would be the best match.

Population(s) Served
Adults

People who have applied and been accepted as assistance dog candidates are individually matched with a dog and trained in one-on-one sessions with a qualified advanced trainer to become the dog's handler and life partner.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Canine Partners of the Rockies (CaPR) visits service organizations, clubs, schools, churches and businesses to talk about assistance dogs, their work and the process of raising, training and placing dogs. We do not charge for our presentations, but accept honorariums if offered. Our visits with children are tailored to their age level and include interaction with a CaPR Canine Ambassador.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Assistance Dogs International (ADI) 2014

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of service dogs trained and placed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Each year, the demand for service dogs in Colorado exceeds the number of trained dogs that are available for placement. Our program works to meet this demand by raising, training and placing skilled assistance dogs with Colorado residents who have mobility impairments and other disabilities. We also place dogs with professionals who use animal-assisted interventions in medical and behavioral health treatment facilities. These specialized teams are able to reach more children and adults over time than a single assistance dog partnership.

We begin the process of developing a service dog by carefully selecting puppies and dogs that will help perpetuate the ideal physical and behavioral service dog attributes. Trained volunteers raise and train the puppies in their homes and attend classes to prepare the puppies for service dog work. When the dogs enter the Advanced Training Program they learn specialized behaviors from trainers who only use positive reinforcement techniques. After the dogs complete advanced training, we match them with Colorado partners based on several criteria, including the personality traits and life-style requirements of the partner. We teach prospective service dog partners how to adapt to life with a service dog over several individualized training sessions. This includes preparation for each team's public access test using testing standards developed by Assistance Dogs International (ADI). We continue to provide support and training to our program graduates and their dogs throughout the life of the dog, and we manage the adoption process for retired service dogs to ensure they are placed in loving homes. This life-cycle approach results in successful and long-lasting partnerships while upholding the highest standards of ethical and humane treatment for these wonderful dogs.

We have joined the Assistance Dogs International breeding coop in order to have a steady supply of service dog pups in order to meet the need of clients on our wait list. We have have a Puppy Program Coordinator that works to recruit and support volunteer puppy raisers that will board, raise and train the service dogs in-training. We have hired additional trainers that can support the training of our volunteers and our dogs. The trainers also work closely to match our clients with the best service dog for their needs, and they provide follow up support to graduate client/dog teams. We have increased our fundraising initiatives by holding annual events that engage the public and developing a business partnership program to garner support from local companies that are passionate about helping Coloradans. We have also hired an experienced grant writer to pursue new funding opportunities.

Financials

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Canine Partners of the Rockies Inc

Board of directors
as of 12/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Terri Thornton

Alison Bessho

Gary Keyfauver

Mitch Allen

Diane Goss

John Drinane

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/27/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability