Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • People with Disabilities
  • Veterans & Military Families


PO BOX 4343ROCKFORD, IL 61110 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Circle of Change improves the mental wellness in populations that are at a higher than average risk of suicide through innovative dog training programs.


Circle of Change Dog Programs offer Veterans, First Responders and Youth suffering with a mental health diagnosis or a trauma history, a path toward wellness through dog training & handling classes. Participants train either their own dog, puppy, or dog that requires some obedience rehab. Dog ownership or experience is not a requirement to participate. Class-time is an opportunity for rebuilding community, increasing self-confidence, enjoying healthy peer interactions and rediscovering a path towards healing. Puppy or dog participants attract a lot of attention in our programs, however, we are a human-focused program. Battling the negative effects of mental illness and rediscovering a positive outlook, post-trauma, is the ultimate goal of all 3 programs.


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