I have a friend–a very good friend–who works with an organization called Canine Assistants based in Alpharetta, Georgia. If you haven’t heard of it, don’t be surprised. They are just a small group of wonderfully kind, dedicated people who train dogs to assist people who need a little or a lot of help. My friend is one of the volunteers who takes a puppy into a home full of love and teaches him or her the basics of living with a family, plus taking this precious animal out in the world to get him or her used to the noise and activity of the world all around.
I had hoped to participate in their fall festival this year, as in previous years, but particularly because the main character of Maisie’s List is a veterinarian. Alas, with a global pandemic, it was not meant to be. Perhaps I can find another way to help.
From a single non-descript property that you could pass everyday and not even know it, they place 75-100 dogs per year–1500 total since 1991. At any one time there are as many as 120 dogs on the farm. They serve those who need help with general mobility, seizure response, diabetic alert or who need a companion. This is life-altering stuff.
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From their website:
If a person cannot afford a dog can they still receive one from Canine Assistants?
Yes! We operate on a needs basis and many of the people who need a service dog most cannot afford one. Therefore, Canine Assistants covers the education, food, and medical costs for the life of every dog placed.
Please visit their website. Be prepared to “Ooo” and “Ahh” over the incredible cuteness. Raising and training these beautiful dogs is not cheap and they could really use your help. https://www.canineassistants.org/