ADS Provides Children with Autism and Their Families Companionship and Support Through Offering Specialized Service Dogs

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“Puppies are still coming into our service dog in training program for 2020,” says Vicky Spadoni, Executive Director with Autism Dog Services.

“Puppies are being added on a regular basis,” says Janine Brubacher, Puppy Program/Adoptions Manager. Brubacher states “We are in need of individuals or families that will house the pups, socialize them by taking them everywhere and attend ADS run training classes every two weeks in the Guelph/Cambridge and potentially Hamilton area in the future.”

Brubacher adds, “all dog food, equipment, training support and vet care is provided by Autism Dog Services.” Foster families or otherwise known as puppy raisers generally have the service dogs in training for 12 to 18 months before they are recalled into advanced training.

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“Yes, you need to give the dog back to ADS but, it is such a rewarding volunteer experience, especially when you attend graduation and see your once pup now grown and supporting a child with autism and their family,” says Vicky Spadoni. “These service dogs provide Quality of Life and so much more,” says Vicky.

So please consider this amazing opportunity to be a foster family or puppy raiser if you are retired/semi retired, stay at home parent, young active family, work from home employees, individuals with flexible schedules or have the ability to take the dog to work or school.

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About Autism Dog Services

Autism Dog Services is Southwestern Ontario’s leader in providing service dogs for children and families living with autism and related disorders. Our mission is fostering the integration of children with autism by training, placing and supporting dogs that offer safety, companionship and independence Autism Service Dogs offer many benefits to children and families, the three key benefits that the service dogs are specially trained for and provide are: Safety for the child, constant friendship, and behavioural support. Autism Dog Services is proud to support children and families living with Autism, and related disorders that would benefit from the support of a specially trained Autism Service Dog.