Grantee - Assistance Dogs of the West

Assistance Dogs of the West
Santa Fe, NM

Through educational and vocational programs, Assistance Dogs of the West provides trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities in order to increase self-reliance. The program uses professional educators to teach students to train assistance, psychiatric, social therapy and seizure dogs to work with people with disabilities. The PDF grant is in support of their partnership with the New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and Family Services, juvenile detainees ages 12-19 to train service dogs to perform 90 commands to help a person develop an assistance dog. The at-risk students gain knowledge, build responsibility and compassionate awareness of people with different abilities, while making concrete contributions to the community. The curriculum teaches leadership, behavioral health and positive concrete vocational skills through the hands-on responsibility of caring for an assistance dog critical to another person’s independence.