For people with neurological disorders, such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson’s Disease, maintaining balance and stability is a significant factor in independent mobility.
Assist Dogs is dedicated to meeting that need in central North Carolina, in Raleigh and the surrounding area. Having support for walking or standing can alleviate the need for a wheelchair, helping people remain self-sufficient for as long as possible.
The trust and intimacy between owner and animal is best exemplified by a working dog and the person served.
Over 1.4 million Americans are currently diagnosed with MS or Parkinson’s, and the numbers are growing every day. But here in North Carolina, there is no current resource to source, offer and train a service animal and its owner. Lower income families or people unable to work because of disability are particularly under-served.
There is nothing like the unconditional love and loyalty of a dog.
A trained service dog can provide those supports, as well as offer companionship and emotional comfort. Fatigue, depression and anxiety often accompany these disorders and can leave patients feeling isolated and alone.
- Source, purchase and transport dogs suited in breed, temperament and size for balance and stability training to people who need them, regardless of ability to pay
- Provide free weekly training sessions for dogs and owners, teaching them how to work together.
- Partner with like minded businesses and organizations to provide needed support for the dogs ongoing care and maintenance.