Giving the vision "Great Freedom and Independence to people with disabilities", Assistance Dogs Australia's main objective, train and maintain dogs in community settings to assist people with their disabilities, to give them more confidence and to help achieve a greater level of independence.
ADA are encouraged to work at levels above the minimums when it comes to the types of standards that are expected to be achieved in the category 'Assistance Dogs in Public'. Examples of these standards include Public Appropriateness, Behaviour and Training.
PACT Construction are honoured to be involved in providing corporate sponsorship to this organisation of $26,000.00 over the next two year period which includes the purchase of an ADA puppy. This funding will hopefully help ADA work towards their 5 year goal plan to the program forecast would intitally be to reduce the current waiting list period for an assistance dog from 30 dog placements per year to 50 dog placements per year to the people in need with physical disabilities.
PACT Construction has the opportunity in naming the female Labrador where all staff got to participate in an in-house naming competition called "What's my Name?" With this sponsorship, the money will go towards helping with the raising and training of Sascha (the winning name which means "man's defender, warrior"), over the next two years, inclusive of food, shelter, vet bills and training costs.
All the staff at PACT Construction have had the pleasure of meeting this little "L" plater Sascha, and are all excited to see how she develops and trains towards her placement with a person in need.
For further information about Assistance Dogs Australia, or to find out how you can help, please visit www.assistancedogs.org.au