14.5.18

Clothing Drive to help Guide and Autism Support Dogs

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Spring cleaning for a great cause couldn't be more rewarding than having your donated clothes help out the B.C. & Alberta Guide Dogs. In Calgary, Alberta Guide Dogs is having a clothing drive. Donated items like clothing, shoes, bedding, towels and accessories will help provide life-changing guide and autism support dogs for those in need.

You can drop off your items at 11, 6115 - 4 St., SE before May 31, 2018. Please call first at 403-258-0819 or visit https://www.facebook.com/bcandalbertaguidedogservices/ for more information.

I spoke with Trish from B.C. & Alberta Guide Dogs in Calgary about the benefits of these dogs. Trish explains, "Each of our dogs takes about $35,000 to breed, raise, train and place with someone in need." Which is why they are having the clothing drive, to generate some much needed funds to offset some of those expenses. She says, "Guide dogs are specifically trained for people who are blind or visually impaired. The guide dogs offer them independence, safety and security. Autism support dogs are focused on keeping a child with autism safe. For example if the child likes to bolt, or run away, the dog has a waist tether (that tethers the child to the dog to anchor them in place.) This is huge for parents because now the child isn't bolting out of the store or running down the street and keeps the child safe."

Trish also says, "The best benefit of an autism support dog is that it helps the family do things that all of our families take for granted. It helps the families transition into a restaurant so the family can enjoy a family meal, to the park so they can enjoy an outing. It helps normalize the family by normalizing a lot of the out bursts the child may have. It helps the family be a part of the community again."

Listen to my interview with Trish here from B.C. & Alberta Guide Dogs to learn more and hear inspiring stories on how autism support dogs help families in need.



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