FurOutWest are happy to announce our charity for the inaugural year is the community’s first choice. Assistance Dogs Australia.
Founded in 1996, Assistance Dogs Australia is a national charity which trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with disabilities, providing them with greater freedom and independence.
Assistance Dogs Australia provides a free service to people with disabilities. Their recipients include those born with developmental disabilities like cerebral palsy and spina bifida, those who acquire debilitating illnesses like multiple sclerosis, and those who have been in tragic accidents and will never walk again. They also provide dogs for children with autism, people living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and are excited to launch a new pilot working with people living at home with dementia.
Each Assistance Dog takes two years to train and requires an investment of over $30,000 – however, Assistance Dogs are provided to people living with disabilities free of charge throughout Australia.
As a result of their fantastic program, these highly trained service dogs allow recipients to have greater mobility, gain confidence and allow them to have higher self-esteem.