ASSISTANCE DOGS NORTHWEST
ASSISTANCE DOGS NORTHWEST AT A GLANCE
Assistance Dogs Northwest is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides children and adults with disabilities professionally trained dogs that will increase their independence and enhance the quality of their lives. We are committed to serving people in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho with special needs through Community Outreach Programs, and through developing the potential dogs have to assist people in need. Assistance Dogs and lifetime follow-up support are provided free of charge.
WHAT WE DO
April 1, 2021
Founder, Maureen “Mo” Maurer, has written a book and we are thrilled to announce it's launch!
In Wonder Dogs, Mo shares her story of being given a second chance at life and taking a leap of faith to follow her childhood dream of training dogs to help people. The book includes triumphant stories of her beloved dogs and their inspiring partners as they overcome incredible challenges to live life to the fullest.
Dog lovers everywhere will enjoy this fascinating, behind the scenes look at what goes into selecting and training Assistance Dogs. Anyone who loves stories about second chances and overcoming challenges will find in Wonder Dogs a whole pack of kindred spirits.
ADNW DOGS ASSIST IN FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19
October 29, 2020
Assistance Dogs Northwest is participating in a research study to teach dogs to detect the scent of coronavirus and help prevent the spread of infection. Once trained, medical detection dogs can be deployed in ports of entry and public gatherings, to provide rapid non-invasive screening for COVID-19. This work may prove integral in the fight against COVID-19 and be a method of screening large numbers of individuals very quickly.
This research is being conducted in partnership with Medical Detection Dogs UK, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and The Queens Medical Center in Hawaii. The ADNW team has previously partnered with Medical Detection Dogs UK on a research study teaching dogs to detect life-threatening bacterial infections in people. Learn more about that study here.
NEW PUPPIES ON CAMPUS
October 1, 2020
Meet Griffin and Gilligan, our newest heroes in training! These 2-month old puppies arrived on campus this month and have adjusted quickly to their new environment. Griffin and Gilligan have already started in the Kindergarten Puppy Class and are both star students.
NATURE TRAIL ON CAMPUS
September 4, 2020
We are happy to announce our new wheelchair accessible trail project is underway at our campus. This will be a delightful area for our graduates and community outreach participants to enjoy nature. The trail will also be used to exercise our dogs-in-training on a daily basis. We’ve also completed a new deck off of the training barn. The nature trail will go through the gardens, orchard, and agility yard.
TEAM TRAINING CAMP ANNOUNCED!
August 11, 2020
We are thrilled to announce 2 new Courthouse Facility Dog placements this month! Tori will be providing courage and comfort to children in Spokane at Partners with Families and Children. Valor will be helping children who are victims of crime in Moses Lake at Kid’s Hope. Team Training Camp lectures took place virtually by Zoom meetings. Practice sessions took place at our Bainbridge Island campus and at the agencies with strict Covid-19 infection control protocols being followed. With domestic violence on the rise, there is a greater need then ever for the services these teams provide. We are delighted to welcome these newest members of the ADNW family!
FUTURE LIFE CHANGERS
July 1, 2020
We welcomed the “C” Litter, born at our Bainbridge campus on January 1, 2020! From left to right are Casey, Cedar, Champ, Coco, Chai, Cleo. They have bright futures ahead!
“There’s always a new opportunity — a new way we can help."