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ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities

  • Torrington, CT
  • WWW.ECAD1.ORG

Mission Statement

Our mission is to educate and place dogs with people with disabilities so they will have greater independence and mobility.

Main Programs

  1. ECAD's Project HEAL
  2. ECAD's Canine Magic
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Dobbs Ferry, NY. 10522

East of the Mississippi

from FL to Maine

ruling year

1996

Principal Officer since 1995

Self-reported

Mr Dale Picard

Co Principal Officer since 1995

Self-reported

Mrs. Lu Picard

Keywords

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Assistance Dogs,ECAD,ECADEMY PROJECT HEAL, VETERANS,,AT-RISK-TEENS, YOUTH, VETERANS, WOUNDED WARRIORS, volunteer,disabilities, Autism,children

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Also Known As

ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities

EIN

06-1436718

 Number

5985294573

Physical Address

149 Newfield Rd

Torrington, CT 06790

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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For every dollar donated 3 lives are changed

Our clients -- that need these dogs to be more independent

Our students -- that educate the dogs

Our dogs -- that are raised with love and live with someone that truely needs them everyday

Programs

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

Program 1

ECAD's Project HEAL

ECAD's Project HEAL© is a program that honors and empowers Wounded Warriors by providing specially trained Service Dogs to increase independence and make a difference in their lives.

Our Project HEAL© Service Dogs are individually trained by at-risk teens in our ECADemy© program. These specially trained dogs pick up dropped objects, open and close doors, open refrigerators, pull wheelchairs, prevent overcrowding in public, interrupt nightmares and flashbacks, remind to take meds, warn of approaching strangers and reduce anxiety and stress, all the while providing unconditional love and comfort.

ECAD charges a one time commitement fee of $500 to our Veteran clients, and looks to private funding for the remaining cost. Each veteran is provided with 13 days of Team Training instruction in our Dobbs Ferry, NY facility. Through our visits to West Point and the Bronx VA Hospital we've become more aware of veterans' needs and expanded on our knowledge of how a Service Dog can help a veteran. ECAD's Therapy Dog, Blip, has been participating in TBI groups at the VA hospital. We've also invited veterans to come to Childrens Village to act as mentors to the boys and participate in Service Dog training classes.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 2

ECAD's Canine Magic

ECAD's Canine Magic is a specialized program focused on providing Service Dogs to children with Autism. These dogs assist a child with autism in areas of social, emotional, and cognitive development, but the dog's primary duty is to increase the child's physical safety by "anchoring". This is a method in which the dog wears a harness that is attached to the child's belt. The child also holds the harness and is taught to walk with the dog, but a third party facilitator (usually a parent or teacher) holds a second leash attached to the dog's collar. The parent can then give the dog a command to "stay" if the child becomes distracted, frustrated, or tries to bolt away, enabling the child to function well in situations that were previously impossible to handle.

Category

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Dobbs Ferry, NY. 10522

East of the Mississippi

from FL to Maine

Social Media

Accreditations

Assistance Dogs International Inc.

Videos

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Financials

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EAST COAST ASSISTANCE DOGS INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr Dale Picard

Co Principal Officer

Mrs. Lu Picard

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We are positioning for ECAD to continue long after the founders are no longer involved, with the values to remain focus forward with the main purpose to place the best dogs with children, adults, and veterans that desire independence in their lives obtain it..   ."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

MR Dale Picard PRESIDENT

BOARD OF DIRECTOR, VOLUNTEER

Term: 2009 - 2011

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