Canines With a Cause Northern Nevada began in 2018 with a dog training program in Warm Springs Correctional Center in Carson City. What made this program special was the offenders training dogs for the CWAC program, they were all incarcerated veterans.
Veterans residing in the prison had special quarters where the dogs lived and trained to be service dogs for other veteran dealing with Post Traumatic Stress. Not only were the inmates benefiting from the dog training program, they were helping other veterans.
Training for service dog team soon followed, local veterans interested in obtaining a service dog were referred by the Reno VA Hospital, Vet Centers or word of mouth.
The Warm Springs dog training program was put on hold in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, CWAC is currently working with the Nevada Department of Corrections to resume the program.
Training classes and dogs are currently available for veterans in the Reno/Tahoe area. Seamus, Nevada Program Manager and Trainer has years of working with service dog teams and will help qualified veterans with the application process.