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  May 2015 Volume 15 Issue 5  


Mahalo to our wonderful volunteers, graduates, and staff who joined our Charity Walk team. Thanks to all our dedicated supporters like Declan, pictured above, whose donations will help us continue to provide Assistance Dogs and lifetime follow-up support free of charge! For the past several years, Declan has asked for donations to ADH instead of birthday presents. We are so thankful for his big heart and dedication to helping others. A special thanks to the Maui Hotel and Lodging Association for sponsoring this wonderful community event.


We are expecting the arrival of not one, but TWO litters of Labrador puppies in the next two weeks. Ipo, pictured above, and her classmate, Maggie, are the proud mothers to be. Their new puppies will need lots of toys, treats, blankets, and puppy food! Please help us prepare for the arrival of our newest heroes in training by participating in our online puppy shower.  Visit our Amazon Puppy Registry.

"What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

 -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Apprentice instructor, Jennifer Billot, and puppy in training, Jake, visited IMUA Family Services this week to share stories with children during their reading time. Jake loves children and will begin working full time at the Children’s Justice Center next month. We love partnering with such great organizations in the community that are making such a positive difference in the lives of Hawaii’s children.

Photo courtesy of The Maui News/ Matthew Thayer 


Each week, Jenifer Owens, and therapy dog, Emmitt, bring joy and laughter to children who need it the most. There are many children living at the Maui Homeless Shelter and many have had to leave their pets behind.  The keiki look forward to Emmitt’s visit each week and appreciate his big smile and unconditional love. The children also participate in our Paws for Reading Program and have the opportunity to groom Emmitt who loves all the attention. Mahalo to Jenifer and all of our wonderful volunteers who share their aloha with those in need!


Our second research study is nearing completion and the results so far are extremely promising. Thanks to our partners the Makana Aloha Foundation, Clinical Labs of Hawaii, and the Rehab Hospital of the Pacific for making this possible. In this ground-breaking research, we have taught three dogs, Abe, Angel, and Akamai to detect life threatening infections in hospitalized patients. We have been asked to share our research at the first international Medical Scent Detection Conference at Cambridge University this fall.

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