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Jessica JackyraRTH-386-001Assistance Dogs Organizations2/24/14
Canine Assistance ® is a non-profit organization directed at training great dogs tohelp special people. This organization was founded by executive director Jenifer Arnold,but began through the vision of her father Henry during Jenifer’s childhood. It all began when Jenifer was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis as a teenager causing her to become bound to a wheel chair for 2 years. This caused Jenifer to feel isolated and alone with her disability; Jenifer knew she needed help but didn’t know how to get it. Luckily her father had an idea; there was an organization in California that trained service dogs that helped people in wheel chairs. The problem was that the waiting list was extremely long and worked mainly with those located on the west coast. It was too far to be able to help Jenifer, and that is when he decided to start a program in Georgia and help those closer to his region. Ten years after Henry’s death, their dream came to life in Milton, GA 1991.The mission of Canine Assistance focuses on the companionship of service dogsto assist those with physical and emotional needs as well as enabling a person to achieve greater independence, confidence, and happiness overall. Since this organization has started it has placed over 1,000 dogs to those in need, operating nationally and providing service dogs at no cost to recipients. It is not a problem if an individual does not have the finances to cover the costs of having a dog; Canine Assistance works with it sponsors to cover the costs of training, food, and medical costsof every dog’s life that is placed. Additionally with the help of Delta Airlines™ every recipient is flown out to the training facility for free, in order to meet their matches. Applicant can be anyone who has a physical disability, seizure condition, or special needs. They must fill out a medical history form, provide personnel references,
and then be interviewed by the organization determining their standing on the waiting list. The application process can be lengthy with approximately 1,600 people on the waiting list and could take anywhere from 1 to 5 years, possibly longer. The waiting list is needs-based, with the individuals who have the greatest needs at the top. Each applicant is evaluated on how much a dog could help them physically, emotionally, or socially. They accept applications from all 50 states, usually placing dogs with children no younger than 7-8 year of age and ranging to those in their late adulthood.

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