Human Services

ASSISTANCE DOGS OF THE WEST

Santa Fe, NM   |  www.assistancedogsofthewest.org

Mission

• Assistance Dogs of the West (ADW) builds successful working partnerships between clients and dogs that empower people and opens doors to new opportunities. • ADW raises and trains dogs with kindness and respect to assist children and adults with disabilities. These training methods are used by our professional staff, recipients, student trainers and other volunteers. • ADW teaches students of all abilities to help train our dogs. These student programs instill confidence, responsibility, communication skills and respect for diversity. • ADW educates and advocates for people with visible and invisible disabilities and their right to have service dogs for greater independence in daily living.

Ruling year info

1995

Principal Officer

Ms. Linda Milanesi

Main address

PO Box 31027

Santa Fe, NM 87594 USA

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EIN

85-0431646

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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

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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?

Assistance Dog Student Trainer Program

We teach students to train dogs to help people. Some of the ways we provide this service is through: 
Assistance Dog Student Trainer classes in middle and high schools that instruct students how to train assistance dogs.
After school Assistance Dog Student Trainer programs that teach school children 8-18 to train assistance dogs
Assistance Dog Student Trainer In School and Day programs for student trainers with developmental and physical disabilities
US Veterans with PTSD Assistance Dog Trainer programs
Teenage teaching assistants who provide peer coaching in educational programs
Currently 290 tudent trainers are involved each year, learning leadership, community service and inclusiveness, compassion and positive communications and the value of education through teaching/training dogs in the ADW Assistance Dog Student Trainer program. Student trainers are valued members of Assistance Dogs of the West, representing truly stellar examples of young community leaders and advocates for well-being.
These student dog training programs enrich the community, inform ADW’s continually improving curricula and provide program revenue.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$227,255

For people with disabilities (19% of NM population), assistance dogs provide physical and emotional support. Children with autism, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, community members with traumatic brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, degenerative skeletal diseases, diabetes and a vast array of psychiatric disorders are examples of the ADW client base. In the Client Placement process, trained ADW dogs promote greater independence and self-reliance, offer non-judgemental love and companionship, and increase fluid communication. With ADW dogs, human partners overcome daily physical challenges, gain balance, and can respond to seizure onset. They realize consistency in the world of autism, gain comfort, safety and social integration from PTSD, receive medical alert of diabetes dangers, and so much more. ADW trains 35 dogs annually to a minimum of 100 commands. The process takes approximately 18 to 24 months. 
 The Assistance Dog Client Placement Training (CPT) Program is a set of multiple interviews and a two week intensive course designed to enable both child and adult clients to manage their own dogs and begin to build the special bond between animal and owner that is necessary for a successful working team. ADW currently conducts three CPT courses per year, usually with extensive client/trainer meetings in the months before and after the course.
We also offer an Owner/Self Training program for people who wish to work with ADW to train their own dog for service work.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults
Budget
$238,103

ADW places courthouse/facility dogs with agencies around the country. These dogs help children, that have been victim to or witnessed a crime, as they go through the judicial process.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Budget
$170,286

ADW works with veterans through Veteran's Court to train service dogs. These veterans come to a training group on a weekly basis to train their dogs. Many of these dogs are then placed with their fellow veterans.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Budget
$174,356

Where we work

Accreditations

Assistance Dogs International Inc. 2011

Assistance Dogs International Inc. 2015

Affiliations & memberships

Assistance Dogs International (ADI) 2011

Assistance Dogs International (ADI) 2015

Pinon Award for Courageous Innovation 2018

Financials

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ASSISTANCE DOGS OF THE WEST

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Peggy McDowell

McDowell Construction

Term: 2011 - 2020

Jill Felice

ADW Founder/Program Director

Linda Milanesi

independent marketing consultant

Peggy McDowell

McDowell/Satzinger Construction

Lou Ringe

Linda Berkeley-Weiss

Shoreline Labradors

Dion Silva

Los Alamos National Bank

Louise Ann Fernandez

Whitney Sunderland

Kim McGinnis

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

service dogs, assistance dogs, youth development. developmentally disabled, autism, PTSD, seizure disorders, diabetes, courthouse dogs, facility dogs, physical mobility challenges