|March 2016||Volume 16 Issue 03|
Hawai'i Visitor Industry
38th Annual Charity Walk
It's that time of year again, and we are excited to be participating in the Hawai'i Visitor Industry's 38th Annual Charity Walk! The Walk will be on Saturday, May 14th at the War Memorial Soccer Field. This wonderful event is a great opportunity for anyone who has ever thought about donating to our program, as every dollar raised will be matched up to 100%, and will help us to provide Assistance Dogs free of charge! If you would like to volunteer to collect donations, register for the walk, or make a donation, please call our office at (808) 298-0167 or send an email to:
Hospital Facility Dog - Ipo
Congratulations to Ipo, who graduated from ADH in December and has since been making rounds at The Queen's Medical Center on Oahu! With handlers Michele Hadano and Landon Kurata by her side, Ipo has already helped hundreds of QMC's Orthopedic patients. Ipo comforts patients and their children during their stay in the Orthopedic Unit, and is beloved by the medical staff who look forward to seeing her everyday. Ipo has also been united with another ADH Graduate "Yoda", who has worked at the Queen's Cancer Clinic since 2012. We are so proud of the work that Ipo and Michele are doing, and cannot wait to hear more of their successes in the years to come! For more information on Ipo and Michele, click here to read a recent article in the Queen's Print Connection.
"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog."
-- Edward Hoagland
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.
"W" Litter Update
The youngest members of the ADH Ohana have just turned 7 weeks old and are doing great! The "W" litter are happy, healthy, and growing bigger everyday. Despite their young age, these puppies have already begun their training as Assistance Dogs by being introduced to various sounds and noises, as well as learning basic commands such as sit, down, shake, and come here. Thanks to everyone who participated in our Facebook "Name the Puppy Contest" and helped us give the "W" litter their names. Our newest heroes in training are Wilson ("Willie"), Wrangler, Wesley, Walker, Willow, Winnie, and Wendi. Like our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram for more puppy news!
Mahalo Kamehameha School's Maui!
Kamehameha School's Maui 6th Grade Class came to our facility for their Community Day earlier this month. Students were given a presentation of our history and mission, watched training demonstrations, took a tour of the property, hiked on Freedom Trails (our new wheelchair accessible path), and helped with the training of our youngest puppies in the agility yard! The class was extremely helpful, courteous, conscientious, and the dogs loved them! Mahalo nui loa.
Muchas Gracias Marina!
We would like to give a special thanks to one of our most devoted, kind, and energetic interns, Marina! Hailing all the way from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marina participated in our internship program three years ago. Marina is currently studying Occupational Therapy in Buenos Aires, and plans to start a Hospital Facility Dog program in Argentina. Marina has also spent her last three summers (our winters) helping us with the dog's training, and has been pivotal in putting on our Valentine's Benefits. While we miss Marina's big smile and contagious laughter, we are proud of her for fulfilling her dreams. Hasta la próxima vez, adios!