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?
Call 815-200-9020 and and we will assist you in selecting a class time and location that is best for you.
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. A behavior assessment is completed by our experienced trainers and is required before dogs are brought into our classes. All dogs participating in the program must be up-to-date on their rabies, distemper, parvo and bordatella vaccinations. (Proof required)
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 can contact the Rockford VA Clinic at 815-227-0081 or a clinician at the Rockford Vet Center, 815-395-1276 or call Erin Rabon at Circle of Change (815) 200-9020 for help coordinating entry into the program.
For referral to our Madison class, contact your VA clinician or Donald Bialkowski, at 608-256-1901. 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. For help coordinating entry into the program call Erin Rabon at Circle of Change (815) 200-9020.