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International Assistance Dog Week

International Assistance Dog Week is August 6-12, 2017.

  • What is it? International Assistance Dog Week was created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations
  • What do assistance dogs do? Assistance Dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of their family.
  • What are the goals of International Assistance Dog week? The goals are to recognize and honor the hardworking assistance dogs; raise awareness and educate the public about how these specially trained animals are aiding so many people in our communities; honor the puppy raisers and trainers of assistance dogs; and recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities.
  • Are all assistance dogs retrievers or are they other breeds as well? Assistance Dogs can be from a variety of breeds including, but not limited to: Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Standard Poodles, as well as shelter dogs.
  • can I get more information about Assistance Dogs? You can go to the websites for International Assistance Dog Week (www.assistancedogweek.org)
  • What kind of activities can I take part in during International Assistance Dog Week? You can take part in an event someone else is organizing in your community or organize your own. It can be small or large.
  • Who is sponsoring International Assistance Dog Week? International Assistance Dog Week was established due to the efforts of Marcie Davis, a paraplegic for over 35 years and CEO of Davis Innovations, a consulting firm based in Santa Fe, NM. Davis is the author of “Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook." 

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