OUR MISSION is to enable people with disabilities to gain greater independence and mobility through the use of specially educated dogs.

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ECAD’s affiliates are an important part of the successes of the organization. Our affiliates’ missions align with our own and as such, ECAD endorses their work! Please visit our affiliate sites to see how you can not only help to change three lives with ECAD, but touch many more by also supporting our affiliates.

Service: When women come marching home

Service is a documentary which highlights the special challenges facing disabled female veterans as they transition from active duty to civilian life. 

Real Warriors

Real Warriors The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) launched a public awareness campaign May 21, 2009 that focuses on combating the stigma associated with seeking care and treatment for psychological health concerns. 

View the Real Warriors Campaign Web site, and learn more about the campaign themed, "Real Warriors. Real Battles. Real Strength." The Web site features articles and resources on a variety of psychological health issues, as well as video interviews with service members, their families and others dealing with psychological health or traumatic brain injury issues. The DCoE Outreach Center offering psychological health and traumatic brain injury information and resources is available 24/7 by a live chat from www.realwarriors.net or by dialing 866-966-1020. 

Pet Partners

Pet Partners is the leader in promoting and demonstrating that positive human–animal interactions improve the physical, emotional and psychological lives of those we serve.


PACE University

In partnership with ECAD, Pace University’s College of Health Professions has created an innovative and unique curriculum that is the first and only in the country to educate future health care professionals, including nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants about individuals with visible and invisible disabilities and assistance animals.



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Dayspring Pens located in Virginia Beach, Dayspring Pens specializes in crafting one of a kind, luxury gift pens made unique with custom engraving. 

"Dayspring Pens is proud to partner with Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities through a donation of engraved pens. It is an honor to be able to donate to an organization that works so diligently to enable people with disabilities to gain greater independence and mobility through specially educated dogs.

We hope that our donation of pens can show the respect and appreciation we hold for those who are vital to ECAD's work."

Each of the engraved pens donated features the logo of ECAD. "It is our great wish that the pens will do some good to help this incredible charity as they work to educate assistance dogs and connect them with disabled clients who can be helped and supported by these incredible canines."




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ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and we depend on generosity of people like you to continue changing lives.

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