11.07.2016 Animals

Help the Helpers

A national charity that trains and provides dogs free of charge to people with disabilities is seeking your help.

Assistance Dogs Australia trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to perform everyday tasks to provide support to people with disabilities such as paraplegia, quadriplegia, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, developmental disabilities such as autism, and mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It has also recently launched a new pilot project working with people living at home with dementia.

It receives no government funding or support and is solely reliant on donations and fundraising to meet the $30,000 cost of each dog’s two year training program.

Assistance Dogs are placed completely free of charge with their new owner, providing life-changing support for up to 10 years.

As a result of their program these highly trained dogs allow recipients to have greater mobility and gain confidence and higher self esteem.

There are various ways you can support man’s best friend to help others in need. They include sponsoring a puppy, making a donation or leaving a bequest.

Further information at www.assistancedogs.org.au or phone 1800 688 364