Early Alert Canines is a small non-profit organization. We rely on our close-knit team of staff and regular volunteers.
Carol Edwards’ passion for working with dogs began early when her brother unexpectedly presented her with a German Shepherd/Labrador mix. At the age of 13, she began her career in obedience training and since then, she has loved working with dogs, including the hands-on approach and behavioral science aspect of dog training.
Carol served as a puppy raiser and Puppy Raising Group Leader for Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) from 1998 – 2003, teaching new teams of puppy raisers annually. Her service to GDB included teaching basic obedience, supervising socialization, trouble-shooting canine behavioral issues, and mentoring both new and experienced volunteer raisers.
In 1999, Carol joined forces with Mark Ruefenacht on The Armstrong Project, an intensive research venture designed to assess the possibility of training service dogs to reliably scent-identify and alert on hypoglycemic episodes in insulin-dependent diabetics. The success of The Armstrong Project lead to the founding of Dogs4Diabetics (D4D) in October of 2004. As Program Director, Carol led D4D for 7 years as it trained 85 teams throughout four western states.
Determining that no other not-for-profit diabetic alert dog program exists for children under the age of 12 and wanting to expand into this area, Carol launched Early Alert Canines (EAC), in December 2010. EAC is an independent non-profit organization that shares the vision of placing full access service dogs with insulin-dependent diabetics, as well as, placing skilled companions with younger children.
Victoria is inspired by those who serve others with compassion and kindness. Her diverse background includes hotel development & operations, sales & marketing, project management, community outreach & nonprofit development. She is motivated to make a positive difference in the community and values the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues, businesses, local government and the neighboring community.
Victoria’s favorite part of working with EAC?
“Everyone involved with EAC is passionate, motivated and talented! The significant capabilities of an Early Alert Canine and the friendliness of our clients inspires me. I am honored to be part of such an extraordinary organization and to help advance our mission by developing opportunities to grow the program and serve more people.”