Throw Away Dog Project - A New Year and New Projects: An Interview with Carol Skaziak, Owner and Founder

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If you have been following SUP Creative Group and our blogs, you know that one organization who we admire greatly is Throw Away Dogs Project.  I had a chance to sit down with Carol Skaziak, Owner and Founder of Throw Away Dogs Project, to catch up and discuss some of the really big changes going on with the organization. 

Last year, around this time, when we interviewed Carol, the organization:

  • Had one of their dogs, named Ice,  nominated for the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards
  • Started to train Arson Dogs
  • Started to train Certified Therapy Dogs
  • Started to work with rescued Pit Bulls- Wildflower was the first recruit for K9 Officer training

Fast forward a year and now the organization has been blessed with a full training program for Pit Bulls becoming K9 Officers.  This program is saving lives and with each dog they place in a police station, they are changing the image and perception of this breed.  The program is titled Pit Bulls for Police so be sure to follow the transformation and journey of each K9 Officer on social media via #PitBullsForPolice

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Officer at Kenard Police Station (IN)

So who are some of these new K9 Officers?  Let’s meet them….

K9 Wildflower

This happy girl was the first to help Carol and the trainers create the program and give them a better understanding of the breed.  She is a hard worker that enjoys her job as a K9 Officer with the Wetumka Police Department in Oklahoma.  Carol explains, “Wildflower is kicking in doors and making the big arrests.  We are very proud of our girl!”

K9 Jasper

As of 9/30/18 K9 Jasper officially became an Officer for the Kennard Police Station in Indiana.  The announcement from Throw Away Dogs stated, “Upon finishing his Narcotic Detection Training with us, Jasper will meet his new handler and head to his new home and forever life.  Kennard Police Department in Indiana welcomes our boy! Jasper was a stray, misunderstood dog that was picked up and sent to a shelter. After he sat in the shelter, he was pulled by a wonderful rescue called Prince William Humane Society and given a second chance. Throw Away Dogs welcomed this handsome pup into our program several weeks ago and he has kicked butt with training. K9 Jasper will be protecting the citizens of Kennard Indiana.”

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Throw Away Dogs Project, Pit Bulls for Police Program Ambassador

K9 Munchkin

This sweet boy is one of the babies from the Ontario 21 and immediately after training he found a home.  This is what Throw Away Dogs Project had to say, “A permanent placement has been found for #Ontario21 Dog fighting victim “Munchkin”.  He will have his forever home WITH US at Throw Away Dogs!  We announce that Munchkin will now serve as our Organization’s Ambassador for our 💙Pitbulls For Police Program 💙.

Munchkin is now a trained Narcotic Detection Dog. We fell in love with this special little boy from day one when we were evaluating some of the dogs from the #savethe21 Canada Dog Fighting Ring. Welcome Munchkin to our home and the rest of your life!

Thank you to Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary for being the voice for the Ontario 21 victims.
https://www.facebook.com/Dogtalesrescue/

And a very special thank you to Pit Sisters Rescue for taking in 14 of the Ontario 21 Dogs and welcomed them and rehabilitated them for a year. Your love for these dogs do not go unnoticed.
https://www.facebook.com/PitSisters/

All of this would not have been possible without our friends from Aladdin Nation who brought this “full circle “ together!  Everything happens for a reason. “
https://m.facebook.com/aladdinnation/
 

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Officer at Hanoker Police Department (VA)

K9 Dallas

As of 9/30 K9 Dallas became an Officer for the Honaker Police Station in Virginia.  This baby was born from a mother who was one of the survivors of the Ontario 21 Dog Fighting Ring that took 2 years to resolve and involved several rescues and charities in America to help save these poor souls. 

Throw Away Dogs Project states, “#savethe21 Ontario Dog “Dallas” graduated from Throw Away Dogs Project this weekend. Our Organization trained this Pitbull to be a Narcotic Detection Dog and donated him to Honaker Virginia Police Department. Dallas was born into a tragedy that started a Global Campaign from Celebrities, Politicians, Sports Figures, and families around the world demanding that all the dogs seized and deemed “rehab-able” be released and spared their life.  After a 2 year court battle that took place, the Judge ruled dogs could be spared and ordered them out of the Canadian Province.

Throw Away Dogs K9 Dallas’s story is now featured in 2 of the Nation’s largest newspapers.
Washington Post
Chicago Tribune

What does this mean? ........
This is another stepping stone towards ending discrimination towards this misunderstood breed. It’s going to take time but we will do it. We are proud to be a part of such passionate people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference for the Pit Bull breed. None of this would have been possible with our friends at
Pit Sisters
Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary
Aladdin Nation

 

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Service Dog Liberty training with his owner.

Other highlights to report about are K9 Service Dog, Liberty and the new home of Throw Away Dogs Project in New Jersey:

Service Dog Liberty

Service Dog Liberty is making progress in her training and bonding with her family.  She is trained to push buttons, turn lights on and off, open door handles and the refrigerator, help on the train, plane, and bus and in a car.  As well as to support the clients head if he falls. 

The announcement from Throw Away Dogs Project stated, “Throw Away Service K9 Liberty took a big step with training this past week. We reached that phase where Liberty leaves our home and makes the transition to David’s house. We still train consistently on a daily basis with her but now it’s time to get David and his family more involved with her training. Liberty adjusted well and she continues to be a rock star Service Dog.

K9 Liberty is being trained to assist David who has Cerebral Palsy. Liberty will assist David with his mobility and perform tasks for David that he is unable to do.”

There are 8 other Service Dogs that went through training with Throw Away Dogs Project; 6 went to Veterans and 2 Young ladies, who the dogs serve more as Emotional Support Dogs.

Throw Away Dogs Project Ranch

It took 5 years of planning but as of 10/5/18 Throw Away Dogs can check off one of the items on their Bucket List as they have purchased land to build their training ranch.  This 22 wooded acre, of which 7 will be cleared and built on, in Ocean View, NJ, will be the new home of Throw Away Dogs Project and a sanctuary for their dogs in training. 

They need all of us to help with this endeavor as it will take a lot of funding to build out this complex.  Here is what they have to say, “Today is “SETTLEMENT DAY” for us and the property will be officially ours!  Please consider making a donation to the link below to help us build our facility. We need to start immediately as we can’t stop our mission to wait for funds. We need to build a home and training center for our dogs ASAP.

Click on the link below to make a donation. ALL donations made on “this link” will go directly to the building of our facility.

REMEMBER your donation IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE and we are almost at the end of the year.  Now let’s go repurpose more dogs!

To donate:
https://www.gofundme.com/help-build-throw-away-dogs-ranch

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