|May 2016||Volume 16 Issue 05|
Charity Walk a Big Success!
We'd like to thank all of our supporters, volunteers, and walkers who helped us in raising over $13,000 for this year's Charity Walk. A portion will be matched by the Maui Visitor Industry! This will help us to place our Assistance Dogs free of charge with the people who need them most. We'd also like to give a special thanks to 13 year old Declan Levin, who was this year's top fundraiser. For many years, Declan has asked for donations to ADH in lieu of birthday presents! We'd also like to thank everyone who volunteered and walked this year.
Puppy of the Month: Theo
Theo is a calm and confident puppy who is currently in the Basic Training Class. He is always eager to learn and is a very good student! Theo has also been spending the last few weeks with us at Sadie's Place, while his puppy raiser is on vacation. Luckily for us, Theo is absolutely in love with our new puppies and he has been an excellent mentor to the "W" litter on campus. Theo has never met a person or dog he didn't like. He is progressing very well in his training, and we are very excited about what his future holds! Mahalo to puppy raiser Elaine Randall and her family for doing such a great job with Theo!
"Dogs are miracles with paws."
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.
Graduate Spotlight: Courthouse Dog Ollie
Congratulations to graduates Joanne Sheng, Kauai's Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, and Courthouse Dog Ollie. Having just graduated last month, Joanne and Ollie are off to a great start. They have been very busy meeting the staff at the Kauai Prosecutor's Office, helping victims of traumatic crimes, and even meeting the Mayor of Kauai! They were recently featured in The Garden Island, Hawaii Tribune Herald, Hawaii News Now, and on KITV! We are so proud of both Joanne and Ollie, and are very excited to see the wonderful things they can do for the people of Kauai.
Click on the links below to learn more about Joanne, Ollie, and the work that they do.
St. Anthony Students Visit Sadie's Place!
This month we were visited by the 1st graders of St. Anthony School who came to our training center for an educational presentation. The students were some of our most prepared yet, having watched all of our website videos, and were able to answer all of the questions that we could throw at them. They were also treated to a training demonstration by Akamai, who impressed the class with some of his advanced training skills. Willow also showed the students what goes into the training of some of our three month old puppies. Mahalo St. Anthony students for being such a great audience!
New International Interns
We are very happy to introduce the newest members of the ADH Ohana, interns Kana Hirasawa of Japan and Gina Chik of New Zealand. Both bring with them great experience and education in this field. After becoming a nurse in Japan, Kana realized that her passion was working with dogs. She volunteered with our former intern, Sae Hokoyama in Japan, and recently received her degree from Bergin University of Canine Studies. Gina worked for The Blind Foundation - Guide Dogs in New Zealand for the past four years. They have a great work ethic and are doing a great job with our puppies in training! If you see them around, be sure to give them a warm welcome!!