|August 2015||Volume 15 Issue 8|
Licensed to Snuggle
We believe that each puppy that comes through our program has a special purpose in life. Part of our job as trainers is to find just the right placement for each dog based on their temperament and skills. We carefully consider many factors and place each dog where their talents can shine and their potential can be realized. Hope was always a gentle puppy, who loved children and showed compassion for others. Click on the link to learn how she is now bringing comfort and joy to hundreds of hospitalized children each month.
August Puppy Pin Up- Tessa!
Tessa is a 3 month-old Labrador puppy who is very easy going and eager to please. Her puppy raisers are Val and Charlie Kulesa of Wailuku, who also raised Tessa's mother, Maggie. The Kulesa's puppies are raised in a great environment with lots of outing in public and interactions with family members of all ages. Mahalo to Val and her family for all their hard work and doing such a great job raising these future heroes! :)
"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up"
-- John Holmes
Assistance Dogs of Hawaii is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides children and adults with disabilities professionally trained dogs that will increase their independence and enhance the quality of their lives. We are committed to serving people in Hawaii with special needs through Community Outreach Programs and developing the potential dogs have to assist people in need through our Research Programs. Assistance Dogs and lifetime follow-up support are provided free of charge.
We Love Starbucks!
Mahalo to all the wonderful staff from Starbucks who volunteered this month at our Maui campus. Besides making great coffee, our local baristas impressed us with their skills in landscaping our new trails, painting fences and dog washing! We appreciate the generosity and community spirit of so many local businesses that support our program and mission!
Making New Friends
During our regular visit to Imua Family Services this month, Lani was delighted to meet the newest member of the pre-school class, a Guinea Pig named Popcorn. The class enjoyed watching the two animals gently interact and become friends. The children took turns giving treats to Popcorn and Lani, who waited patiently for her turn!
International Intern Program
This month we welcomed two interns from Korea, Yewon Sim and Heejeong Cheon. Both are graduate students in Occupational Therapy at the Far-East University in South Korea. The interns enjoyed learning all about Assistance Dogs and the many ways that they can assist people with different types of disabilities. They also volunteered with our Community Outreach Program. We appreciate the opportunity to teach people from around the world about Assistance Dogs and have hosted interns from North America, South America, Europe and Asia.