Kids and Canines works with at-risk teens, teaching them how to train assistance dogs. The bond between student and dog help these at-risk youths succeed . . . and then the dogs go on to have productive working lives, providing independence to individuals with disabilities.
After training, our dogs go on to assist individuals with physical disabilities in performing daily tasks, or helping children with autism lead fuller, more independent lives while easing stress on parents and family members. Some of the dogs also work with professionals in schools, health care facilities and crisis counseling centers. Our recipients happily report that their dog quickly becomes an integral part of their lives.