DO YOU HANDLE SERVICE DOG ADOPTIONS?
No. While some of the veterans that participate in our program go on to get a dog or a service dog, Circle of Change has nothing to do with adopting or training service animals.
HOW CAN I JOIN YOUR PROGRAM?
The Circle of Change program works exclusively through referrals. A referral through the Veterans Administration Health Services or Veterans Center is necessary to participate in the Veterans Dog Program.
HOW CAN I GET MY DOG INVOLVED IN YOUR PROGRAM?
All of the participating dogs are screened carefully to determine if they are a good fit by COC's experienced trainers. Most dogs that participate have behavioral issues that mirror the veterans symptoms of PTSD.
DO I HAVE TO OWN A DOG TO PARTICIPATE?
Absolutely not. Our trainers provide dogs for the vets to work with.
CAN I BRING MY OWN DOG TO CLASS?
It isn't necessary to bring your dog to class, because dogs are provided. Working with dogs with issues creates a unique experience that you may not be able to enjoy with your own dog. Though, with special exceptions, your trainer may allow you to use your own dog with special permission.
WHAT MAKES CIRCLE OF CHANGE DIFFERENT THAN OTHER DOG/VETERAN ORGANIZATIONS?
We DO NOT provide service dogs
We DO NOT provide dog adoptions
Appropriate dogs are provided by trainers
Dog ownership is NOT required to participate
Benefits gained without the responsibility of ownership
HOW DO I GET A REFERRAL TO BE IN THE VETERANS DOG PROGRAM?
Veterans interested in a referral to our Rockford classes should contact Aimee Jerding at the Rockford VA Clinic at 815-227-0081 or a clinician at the Rockford Vet Center, 815-395-1276.
For Madison classes, contact your VA clinician or Donald Bialkowski, at 608-256-1901, for a referral. OIF/OEF/OND veterans, may contact Program Director Jay White at 608-256-1901 X11962. You may also get a referral from a clinician at the Madison Vet Center, 608-264-5342.