cm_lovingcanine2Local nonprofit Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs (TLCAD) has spent 20 years changing lives by training and providing service dogs throughout San Diego County and Ione, CA.

Three programs form the heart of TLCAD’s mission. At Ease service dogs help service members and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, or mobility limitations. Leash-On-Life service dogs help individuals with autism. The third program, Prisoners Overcoming Obstacles & Creating Hope (POOCH), is run through correctional facilities in San Diego and Ione, CA. With support from TLCAD volunteers, inmates care for and train future service dogs. “Our mission is to transform lives with service dogs, and each dog starts transforming lives as soon as they enter the training program,” said TLCAD Development Director Fara Khaleeli. “We are also able to rehabilitate incarcerated populations by training incarcerated individuals to utilize positive reinforcement to train service dogs for those in need.”

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