Assistance Dogs Northwest Newsletter
Volume 17 Issue 10
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Marshal and Astro Comfort Shooting Survivors in Las Vegas
Two of our Courthouse Facility Dog Teams were sent by a federal agency to Las Vegas in the wake of the tragic shooting earlier this month. The dogs, Marshal and Astro, along with their handlers, provided support and comfort to survivors and their families. They helped victims talk through the painful and traumatic experience and allowed them to begin the healing process. This was the first time dogs have been sent to a mass casualty event and we are so thankful they were able to make such a huge difference. To see Seattle's KING5 news story, click here
"Wrangler Helps Children Heal"  (Video)
See Hospital Facility Dog Wrangler in action at Providence St. Vincent Hospital comforting children before medical procedures in the Emergency Department. "Having Wrangler has made a big difference in how we help kids cope with medical emergencies," says Teddie Garland, Wrangler's handler and Child Life Specialist. "His intuition amazes me – he can tell when a child is upset and knows just what to do to comfort and calm them." Click on the photo to see Wrangler featured on KPTV in Portland. 
Bainbridge Island School Presentation
This month we had the opportunity to visit The Island School's second and third grade students. They have been learning about Service Dogs in their classrooms and were excited to hear more about different types of Assistance Dogs, the training they go through, and how they can help children and adults with disabilities. Gus demonstrated a few skills he is currently learning for the kids and even managed to sneak in a kiss or two! 
"Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, filling an emptiness we don't even know we have."
-Thom Jones
Assistance Dogs Northwest is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (EIN: 99-0353694) 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 the Pacific Northwest with special needs through Community Outreach Programs and developing the potential dogs have to assist people in need through our Research Programs. Assistance Dogs and lifetime follow-up support are provided free of charge.
Phone: 206-321-0592 | Email: [email protected]