SUCCESS STORIES

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JENNA AND SERVICE DOG RANGER

Partners for 4 years, Ranger helps Jenna in a variety of ways including turning on lights and opening doors. He has even helped her conquer her fear of exploring new places. With Ranger at her side, Jenna has the confidence to explore more places including going on hikes. "Talking to him helps my anxiety in many situations, allowing me greater independence," she said. She also notes that Ranger motivates her to take daily walks which is beneficial to both of them!

CAMP KOREY & FACILITY DOG AUSSIE

Aussie is a full time facility dog at Camp Korey during the summer season. He is part of the Pet Therapy program, greeting children when they arrive to camp, cheering them up when they are feeling a bit homesick, or visiting them in the camp medical center. Aussie is an integral part of the camp’s mission to help children and families experience all the joys and adventures of childhood.

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IAN & SERVICE DOG NELSON

Ian is in elementary school and has cerebral palsy and autism. Like many children, he was anxious about going to school. Just before starting the school year, he received his Service Dog, Nelson, and told his mom, “I finally have a best friend.” Nelson accompanies Ian to school each day and helps with physical tasks like walking and carrying items. He also recognizes when Ian becomes anxious and helps to calm him down. “He is the best dog in the world,” says Ian.

DOERNBECHER CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL & HOSPITAL FACILITY DOG HOPE

“Hope’s presence has changed the mood of the whole hospital,” says Sandy Westfall, Hope’s handler and Child Life Program Manager. “She brightens the atmosphere everywhere she goes.” She snuggles with patients in their hospital beds, sits patiently by patients receiving chemotherapy, and makes children smile when nothing else can. “She brings so much joy and love to our kids,” says Sandy. “Her daily visits give them something to look forward to.”

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SABAH & SKILLED COMPANION DOG WINSTON

Sabah has cerebral palsy which caused developmental delays in both her fine and gross motor skills. Since Sabah is non-verbal, her mother Therese went through our Team Training Camp, and learned all 90 of the commands that would allow Winston to help Sabah to the fullest extent. Sabah has been a lifelong lover of animals, and Winston helps her by carrying her bags, calming her when she is stressed, and accompanying her to her day-program.

CASEY AND SERVICE DOG WESLEY

Casey received Wesley as a successor dog when her previous service dog Gabe retired.  Luckily, Wesley was the perfect fit. Casey suffered a stroke that left her with limited mobility, and Wesley helps Casey by retrieving and picking up objects, opening doors, and even getting clothes out of the dryer.

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