Dogs For Good Continues To Reign
Jun, 12 2020
We can learn so much from our pets. Dogs in particular are very intelligent animals. They are able to comfort in times of distress and are especially useful on a practical level.
In 1986 Frances Hay set up a charity inspired by the way her own dogs instinctively wanted to help. Her vision was to support disabled people by training assistance dogs to make life so much more easier. Two years later Dogs for the Disabled was a registered charity.
Now in 2020 that charity has become Dogs For Good and continues the same ethos that Frances began back in 1988.
Their thirty year experience has given them so much insight into the positive benefits of working with highly trained assistance dogs to bring many people independence and companionship.
The dogs not only support physically disabled children and adults but also families with a child with autism. This fantastic charity has explored new ways dogs can help individuals, families and communities.
Dogs for Good is best described in the following three ways:-
- Trains assistance dogs to help adults and children lead more independent lives, at home and in the community around them.
- Provides advice and support to people who want a pet dog that can help them overcome specific challenges within their family.
- Trains and supports community dogs and their specialist handlers to work in activity and therapy in communities and schools.
The charity prides itself in valuing and respecting each person, treats each dog as an individual, strives to help them all fulfil their potential and to learn from them. They engage with everyone openly and honestly, in order to provide great service that can help to change lives.
They are three distinct services Dogs For Good offers people, this includes:-
- Assistance Dog:- Their assistance dogs support adults and children with a range of disabilities and also children with autism
- Community Dog:- Community dogs and their specialist handlers help people to improve their independence, wellbeing and skills.
- Family Dog:- The Family Dog team gives advice and support to help families with an autistic child to get the most out of their relationship with their pet dog.
There are a variety of options if you’d like to get involved. You could fundraise, volunteer, be a corporate donor, give a gift in your will, donate in memory or other ways to support. You may also wish to sponsor a puppy.
To find out more information on any of the options listed above please visit the following website:-https://www.dogsforgood.org/get-involved/
Alternatively you could write to the charity at this address:-
The National Training Centre
Dogs for Good
The Frances Hay Centre
You can contact them on this number:-
Demand for the services are high and they need more fundraisers and volunteers to be able to support more people. They open enquiries for their services to certain geographical areas at a time, and for short periods of time. This ensures they’re able to assist people across the country. Find out more about applying for an assistance dog by logging onto this website address:-https://www.dogsforgood.org/how-we-help/assistance-dog/assistance-dogs-adults/
Dogs for Good has this inspiring vision for the next generation of dog handlers:-
“To create a world in which everyone and every community is able to benefit from the help of a trained dog.”
^Alex Ashworth CCG UK Blogger