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Amazon Prime Days

Don’t miss the AmazonPrime Day sales on OCT. 13 & 14th while at the same time saving the lives of shelter dogs that transform the lives of those with mental illness by using our amazonsmiles link . This provides the opportunity to buy ahead for the holidays and save money while at no extra cost to you a donation comes to our non-profit. A beautiful way to buy what you want while giving to those in need.


CoinUp Donor Match


#stepup&coinupAt this time in our journey through the stress, anxiety, social isolation, loss, grief and the multitude other ways this pandemic is impacting us your support is even more essential. We need your generosity more than ever to continue the work we do saving the lives of shelter dogs that transform the lives of those struggling with mental illness. You can make a huge difference in the lives of so many at this time. If you need our services please continue to reach out to us.  We are here for you. Sending everyone our healing thoughts, energy and gratitude.

We hope you and your family are healthy and safe. Without a doubt, this is a challenging time for all of us, which means the need for your generous support has never been greater.

There’s a simple way everyone can step up and give at any level without adding one more task to your To-Do list. Round up and donate your “digital” spare change with Coin Up App when you use your debit or credit card for everyday purchases. For every new donor until May 31st, Coin Up will donate Continue Reading →


Mandel Alum Jane Miller on Maximizing Her Impact on Lives with Ordinary Dogs Through Imagination and Passion


September 19, 2018 ~ We caught up with Jane Miller, a Mandel School alumnus who will be part of Alumni Authors Alley on October 12. Miller is a licensed independent social worker, psychiatric service dog trainer, certified dog behavior consultant, celebrated author, and founder of Healing Companions, Inc.  Healing Companions is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting people with disabilities such as depression, post-traumatic stress, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic attacks and more, by partnering them with Psychiatric Service Dogs In-training (PSDIT).

Her book, Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives is a groundbreaking book that provides a window into the new world of Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs) and how they can offer some of society’s most vulnerable people a second chance at life. The book is a great read that offers hope and shares stories of how these dogs have changed and enhanced the lives of their human companions.

Jane Miller Mandel AlumnusIn Healing Companions, Jane Miller introduces these amazing dogs and explains how they have helped vulnerable people improve their lives in profound and unexpected ways. PSDs have allowed them to gain self-esteem, self-confidence, assertiveness, and so much more. These dogs provide emotional support, as all dogs do, but they are specifically trained to perform certain tasks unique to each individual’s needs.

Q: When did you discover the ability of dogs to perform the work of PSDs? As a child of divorced parents, I learned early on the comfort of our black lab, Tasha. She was my best friend and confidant, especially through the trials and tribulations of adolescence. But really, Umaya, one of my golden retrievers, set my life trajectory.  At age four, Umaya contracted cancer. I was working at a clinic and seeing clients all day.  Umaya’s oncologist suggested that Continue Reading →


Another Great Meet and Greet


Another successful meet, greet and adoption for Brody, a shelter dog that received his basic training from one of the inmates we trained.  This training takes place thanks to all of your generous support and donations. Meet Brody as he meets Tracy and her retired psychiatric service dog, Finola. Brody and Finola got along beautifully and had a wonderful play time together and Brody captured Tracy’s heart. I am thrilled to Continue Reading →


Successful Meet and Greet…

First, we would like to thank Gina Lallo, Founder of Forget Me Not Animal Rescue, for donating Colton to our program, Joette Mehalio, Foster mom and training home for Colton and Jennifer Mauger, CPDT-KSA, KPA-CPT, Owner/Trainer L’Chaim Canine, for helping train Joette to prepare Colton for Brian. We are deeply touched, grateful, and appreciative of everything they have done for Brian, Colton and Healing Companions, Inc. A truly magical gift that will change so many lives. Thanks so much for everything.

Colton and Brian’s meeting went really well and Colton has been placed with Brian.  Brian was so thrilled and Continue Reading →

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