Alaska Assistance Dog's mission focus is to use service dog-trained dogs in canine therapeutic programs for kids, teens and adults. The "trainees" learn healthy loving, touching and hugging while training up to 65 commands. The dogs provide the kids with self-confidence and self-esteem. AAD service dogs-in-training have worked with kids with autism, FASD and Reactive Attachment; teens in residential treatment for mental health, developmental disabilities and co-occurring disorders; adults in senior homes; and veterans interested in service dogs. AAD is present at many community events, for example, Homeless Connect, Reading Rendezvous, Access Alaska, Family Promise and AK Center for Resource Families. The dogs are used to educate businesses, social service agencies and the general public about service dogs. AAD also provides information, referrals and education about service dogs for all Alaskans.
How Pick.Click.Give. makes a difference
Pick.Click.Give. allows AAD to focus on the many small programs and contacts with the public that make such a difference. Funding allows us to provide therapeutic programs using service-trained dogs. Examples would be for kids with autism, in residential treatment facilities, at schools for special needs kids, and special programs for homeless veterans. We can participate in Homeless Connect with our dogs and, provide education programs to the many wonderful service organizations, such as Lions, Rotary and Elks Club. Understanding what a properly chosen and trained service dog looks like is hugely important in this day of fake service dogs and on-line purchased credentials and vests. PCG allows us to educate businesses, the public and potential service dog owners about the national standards that must be met.