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December 2013 Volume 13, Issue 12
Happy New Year! Here are some of our accomplishments and the lives that were touched thanks to your support.


Thanks to tremendous community support, 2013 was the most successful year ever at Assistance Dogs of Hawaii! To start things off, over 25 exceptional puppies went through the training program, which set a new record!

Team Training Camps and graduation celebrations took place in the spring, summer and winter. Graduates included new Service, Wounded Warrior, Skilled Companion, Courthouse and Facility Dog teams. Lifetime follow up support is provided to graduates free of charge to ensure the continued success of each team. ADH provided over 50 follow up visits to graduate teams in 2013.

This year, ADH partnered with Kapiolani Medical Center, Clinical Labs of Hawaii, and scientists from the Pine Street Foundation in a groundbreaking research study. Five dogs were taught to provide early detection of life threatening infections for people with disabilities, the elderly and hospitalized patients. The results of the study are extremely promising and will soon be published in a medical journal.

Therapy Dog teams provided comfort and companionship to hundreds of Hawaii veterans with PTSD this year. ADH has also trained several Service Dogs for veterans with physical disabilities.  We are honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve the brave men and women who serve our country.


During 2013 our full-time hospital facility dogs visited over 2,000 patients at local hospitals. These dogs provide companionship, comfort and courage at a time when support is most needed.  Dr. Wendi Hirsch of Kapiolani Medical Center says "Tucker is the best medicine we have.  Words can't begin to describe the difference he makes everyday."

Our programs benefited over 1,000 people at hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters and special education classes. The program continues to grow and now includes a READ Program for children at local libraries.

Several local high school students with special needs gained valuable work experience by working for a semester at the ADH campus. The training and education they receive will help them find gainful employment after graduating.
How Can You Help? Assistance Dogs of Hawaii provides Assistance Dogs and lifetime follow up support free of charge to those in need. Donations of all amounts help make this possible. Thank you!
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