Saturday, October 15, 2011

We need somedoggie's help!

Hey, everydoggie, kitty, hamsterrier and hooman! It's me, Patches! My mom and Aunt Wendy are wondering if anyone out there knows of an assistance dog for autism that is in the Atlanta area or could COME to the Atlanta area. There is a little boy, here, who is in desparate need of an "autism" doggie. He's on some sort of list to get a dog, but he's somewhere around number 1000. We're hoping to find him a doggie that isn't on the "list", but has had the training.

We don't know much about these things, but since we have friends from all over the world, we thought that maybe someone could help...or at least point us in the right direction!

Pupdate: This family is desperate since the boy ran away from home and was found hanging from a pool cover. He was one very lucky little boy THIS TIME! A couple of other children, in the Atlanta area, were not so lucky. There have been some deaths of autistic children in recent weeks! It was told to us, that these dogs will actually lie down on the back of the child to prevent them from running away. (We don't know if this is accurate, we just know what we were told). Thanks to those of you who have left us comments!



Dexter said...

I left a message with Clive and Murray. They might know somebody. Doggies can make such a big difference in the life of somebody with autism.

Mango Momma

Clive said...

Hi Patches

Three organisations that train assistance dogs for autism near Atlanta are Georgia K9 NTC Dog Training, Highland Canine Training and 4 Paws for Ability.

Unfortunately there is probably a long waiting list with any of these organisations. We have a four year waiting list in the Irish Guide Dog Assistance Dog Programme - a crazy situation considering early intervention is so important for children for autism.

I know some people train their own assistance dog - we didn't - Clive came fully trained but that perhaps is another idea that the family might look into. It could be a lot of work though on top of working with their child with autism.

We wish them the very best in their search for an assistance dog. It does make a huge difference and it is terrible to be a long way down a waiting list.

Paws crossed for them.
Clive & Co

Molly the Airedale said...

It looks like you got some help, Patches! We hope something will work out for you.

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Sherry said...

Depending on what the family needs the dog to do, perhaps they can find one that's just a good companion? Just brainstorming here....

My Dog Sam - Ruptured Disk said...

Hi Patches, we're sorry that we can't help but wish the little boy some good luck.

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

This is so good of you to want to help this family. Best wishes!
BRD & HOotie