ADS is feeling very grateful. The Catherine and Maxwell Meighan Foundation has provided ADS with a generous donation. We are thrilled to have received their support since 2015 and as a result we are able to continue to help families living with autism receive much needed help from highly trained service dogs. Thank you to The Catherine and Maxwell Meighan Foundation!
Autism Dog Services (ADS) is thrilled to hear that Unity for Autism has generously committed to funding the acquisition of ten additional puppies to help increase the number of children and families assisted by our service. In addition to acquiring puppies, Unity for Autism has also committed to funding the work of a skilled autism service dog instructor (Erin Finochio) to assess, train and pair our service dogs with children. These gifts enable ADS to work towards reducing the wait list and have more service dogs assisting children to achieve safety, companionship and independence. Thank you to Unity for Autism for your continued support.#unityforautism Unity for Autism
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We believe that good things happen when people come together. Even great things. We get to know our neighbours. We do things to help each other. We become more resilient. That’s why this year’s theme for the Aviva Community Fund is about bringing people together to create change within our community.
To celebrate 10 years of impact, we’re donating another $1 million to fund charitable initiatives across Canada. Because communities are better together.
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Thank you donors, sponsors, participants and volunteers who helped make the Parade of Pets & People last week a success!
Thank you to the following donors:
Landmark Cinemas, Waterloo
Waterloo Brewing Co
Pet Food Outlet, Welland
Cave Spring Cellars
Chateau des Charmes
Dave McMahon’s Dog Training 10 week obedience course
Global Pets, Brantford
Westmount Animal Hospital, Kitchener
Complete K9 Services, Waterloo
NLPT (Dillan) Cambridge and Stratford
Hishon Transport (Dillon Ossendryver)
Specialty Adhesive (Dan Curl)
Veterinary Purchasing (Pat Hinnegan)
Tails Wag Inn Inc (Katie Hulshof)
Gilmour Road Veterinary Services (Liz Pask)
Active Souls Project- Sascha King
Once Upon a Lash- Nina Sucevic
Truth Niagara - Sharon Turcotte
Brantford Fire Dept
Northridge Golf Course
Arrowdale Golf Course
Sobeys - Shellard Lane, Brantford
Snyder’s Family Farm, Bright, ON
Mary Kay - Lori Melitzer
Home Depot - Kitchener
Our wonderful breeders have found us some fantastic puppies. Now all we need are amazing people in the Guelph/KW-Cambridge/Brantford/Hamilton areas to cuddle these cuties and help raise them to be successful service dogs.
Thank you to all the bidders who supported the ADS On-line Auction. Over $2400 was raised.
We welcome Advanced Dog Trainer, Erin to the ADS Team!
Erin is a professional dog trainer with over 15 years of experience. Upon graduation in 2003 from Triple Crown Academy for Professional Dog Trainers in Texas, Erin was hired on as an instructor in the school. She has taught in many different disciplines of dog training from basic through advanced obedience and behavior modification, to dog sports such as agility and scent detection. Additionally, she has experience in training Service Dogs for Autism and PTSD. Erin is also a Registered Practical Nurse who worked in the Mental Health field. She is excited to have the opportunity to bring her nursing skills together with her knowledge and love of dog training.
During her downtime Erin volunteers with a local animal rescue organization. At home she has two dogs of her own. She enjoys training and competing with her young German Shepherd Dog in Schutzhund and Scent Detection. Her smaller and older Pomeranian prefers to lounge around and cuddle. When not spending time with dogs Erin, her husband, and their two children enjoy travelling and sports.
Service Dog, Dessa has been placed on trial with Wyatt. Watch the video below to see their progress.
The trial period is the time when the family is trained by ADS staff instructors on how to utilize the Service Dog paired with them at home and in public. ADS staff provide training for the child and parents who acquire ADS Service Dogs. Upon completion of that training, the team will formally enter our program and the Service Dog will provide assistance to the child until it's retirement. ADS retains ownership of the Service Dogs and ADS instructors continue to provide follow-up support by phone, email and in person to all Service Dog teams as required.
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ADS was approved for funding from The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation. Thank you for helping us to help children with autism and related disorders. Your support has made a huge impact on children and their families over the past three years.