The Joys of Living Assistance Dogs (JLAD) provides skilled, devoted assistance dogs with the perfect combination of companionship, obedience and usefulness to support and assist a person living with disabilities to build a life of greater freedom and independence. JLAD is accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI) to breed, train, and place service/assistance dogs with people with disabilities according to their guidelines.
JLAD is also under contract with Partnerships in Community Living (PCL) to provide weekly therapy dog sessions in the residential treatment homes for the developmentally disabled. Our dogs also work as dog-assisted and social-support therapists to promote emotional support and healing. JLAD has been providing these services to people with mental, physical, and developmental disabilities primarily in the Pacific Northwest since 2004.
JLAD and the Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America have teamed up to offer a volunteer program called Help for Heroes. Help for Heroes is an opportunity for veterans to care for and train puppies to become assistance dogs for their disabled comrades. These programs work independently with the common goal of providing services in the areas of responsible breeding, raising confident puppies, positive dog training, education, human/animal bonding, and support for people with physical, mental, behavioral, and developmental disabilities. JLAD and the team of supportive and caring volunteers help people learn new skills, heal emotionally and spiritually, manage symptoms of mental illness, connect with animals and other people, experience joy and laughter, and all this leads to increased independence and community involvement.