Freedom, and a life, reclaimed

Isabelle & Rumba

Thanks to her assistance dog Rumba, Isabelle has overcome the challenges of her disability to live a more independent life and looks forward to a career helping others.

Having Rumba by my side means I don’t need someone with me all the time. Before her, I had to rely on carers or my dad to help me with so many things. Getting dressed, opening doors… just to name a couple.
Rumba gives me privacy – I can close the shower or my bedroom door, knowing that if I fall, Rumba can open the door and fetch help.
I feel incredibly empowered thanks to Rumba. Because of her, I can plan my future, doing things I would never have imagined doing before being partnered with her.
She does absolutely life-changing work for me. It’s made huge differences to the care burden on my parents. I can be a lot more independent. I can do things and they don’t have to worry about me all the time.
I feel incredibly empowered thanks to Rumba. Because of her, I can plan my future after I finish my master’s degree. I’m working towards a career in helping universities become more accessible for students with disabilities, something that has been so important to me.

“I am also hoping to move into my own accommodation, which I would never have imagined doing before being partnered with Rumba.”

Dogs like Rumba open doors, they connect people, they keep families together, they help make life possible in so many ways. A gift this winter will enable more people to benefit from our dogs.

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