Freedom Service Dogs of America treasures its volunteers

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DENVER -- At Freedom Service Dogs of America, its mission has been simple from the start, transforming shelter dogs to full-fledged service dogs for those in need.  Free of charge.

That mission statement would not be possible if it weren't for the volunteers such as Mitchell Allen. He's been volunteering his time at Freedom Service Dogs of America for more than 10 years.

More than 500 people volunteer at Freedom Service Dogs but fewer than 50 are a rare breed.

They take dogs in training into their own homes to be foster volunteers.

"I take dogs home for several months at a time, sometimes when they're young or have specific problems to deal with," Allen said.

The more time a dog in training spends at a foster home, the better.

Besides room and board, the foster volunteer provides exercise, socializing and additional training.  Essential experience for a successful service dog.

In return, the volunteers receive a whole lot of unconditional love.

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