Assistance Dogs of Hawaii Newsletter
Volume 17 Issue 9
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Finn and Assistance Dog Jake
Finn and Assistance Dog Jake are such an inspiring team and share a very special bond. Finn has autism and a sensory processing disorder, which causes extreme sensitivity to stimuli in the environment. "Jake's consistency and steadfast love has contributed immeasurably to Finn's progress. We see the magic every day," says Finn's mother. We look forward to watching their bond grow even stronger together over the years. Click here to see a touching video of Finn expressing his love for Jake. 
Ko Olina Children's Festival with Facility Dog Winnie!
The Ko Olina Children's Festival is a benefit for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children (KMCWC). Winnie took a break from her full-time job at KMCWC to make a special guest appearance at the event! The keiki loved visiting with Winnie and she enjoyed participating in all the fun activities with her partner, Dr. Wendi Hirsch!
Thank You USC Interns! 
A big mahalo to our two interns, Brynne and Kaitlyn, who joined us this summer from the USC's Chan Division of Occupational Therapy. For three months, they helped with our Assistance Dog and Community Outreach Programs, conducted therapy visits, participated in a Team Training Camp, and helped to create and implement Camp Bow Wow, a weeklong day camp for children with limited mobility. Their positive attitudes were infectious and we can't thank them enough for their hard work this summer!  
 
"I cannot begin to express just how grateful I am for being a part of the Assistance Dogs of Hawaii Ohana this past summer. I learned things not only about the dogs, but about myself and I truly believe that this fieldwork experience has changed me forever." -Kaitlyn Cruz
Puppy of the Month: Harper
 
Harper is a beautiful Labrador/Golden Retriever cross and is currently in the Basic Training class. She is an excellent student and has a perfect attendance record! Harper has a very calm presence that immediately puts people at ease when they meet her. She is very eager to please and loves learning new skills. She has grown up with young children and has a special affinity for them. We have high hopes for her future! 
 
 
"Let your smile change the world, don't let the world
change your smile."
             
-Connor Franta 
 
Assistance Dogs of Hawaii 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 Hawaii 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: (808) 298-0167 | Email: [email protected]
Web: www.assistancedogshawaii.org