The pandemic has had a profound effect on the lives of everyone. Many of our clients have needed our help more than ever before. We responded quickly and found new ways to deliver safe and effective support during a very challenging time.
But the challenges are by no means over. We now urgently need your support to help us recover from the impact of the pandemic and start helping the many people who are still desperate for our services.
During the lockdowns, we were unable to place as many of our amazing dogs as we’d do normally. The result is that we now have a large number of people still waiting to be matched with one of our life-changing assistance dogs.
Can you help us? There are so many people out there whose lives could be transformed by one of our assistance dogs.
People like Zoe, who has a very special bond with her ‘knight in fluffy armour’, assistance dog, Sheila.
Zoe is 23 and has hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which means she suffers with joint dislocation and intense pain on a daily basis. In her late teens, Zoe became a wheelchair user and found herself isolated from friends and social activities.
“Sheila arrived at a very dark period of my life and healed me in ways I didn’t know I needed. I can’t thank her or Dogs for Good enough.”
Zoe and Sheila’s partnership is life-changing in so many ways and Sheila has earned herself the name of ‘Wonder Dog’.
Last year, life became even more difficult for Zoe when she received a new diagnosis of Functional Neurological Disorder, which causes spasms and means her arms are now paralysed for minutes, or hours, every day.
“Once more, Sheila has adjusted what she can do for me, and with the help of my Dogs for Good Instructor, has been trained to lift my arms back into my lap when they become paralysed,” she explains.
Sheila has changed everything for Zoe, who can’t imagine life without her ‘knight in fluffy armour’.
Can you help us help more people like Zoe?
The pandemic also had a hugely detrimental effect on our usual fundraising activities and a gift from you will help us recover from the financial struggles we are now facing. It will help us go on to train more life-changing dogs to support the people on our waiting list who have been desperately waiting since before the pandemic. With your help, we can support more people to independence – just as we were able to help Zoe.
Whatever you can give would be so gratefully received.
How your gift will help …
- £4.69 can support the cost of a working dog for one day.
- £15 could cover the cost of an assessment for a dog in advanced training.
- £32 can pay the vets fees for a general health check for a dog returning to training.
Please help us to get back to supporting more people as we recover from the effects of the pandemic.
How an assistance dog helps …
It takes nearly two years to train an assistance dog like Sheila to support someone like Zoe. Here are just some of the ways they can help to give greater independence.
- Open and close doors
- Help someone to dress and undress
- Pick up dropped items
- Retrieve named items from hard to reach places
- Bark on command to raise an alarm in an emergency
- Pressing buttons such a lift buttons, light switches or pedestrian crossing buttons
- Loading and unloading the washing machine