Happy Holidays!
All of us at Assistance Dogs of Hawaii wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season and New Year. Our programs adapted to meet the challenges of 2020 and continued to serve children and adults with disabilities and other special needs, thanks to your support. 2020 also brought us new opportunities to help those in need, including providing services for first responders and training dogs to detect COVID-19.
The successes and highlights of our programs are outlined below! 
New Assistance Dog Teams 
This year, ADH graduated many new Assistance Dog teams including our most recent who are pictured above: Hospital Facility Dog Toby is bringing joy to patients at Rehab Hospital of the Pacific in Honolulu with partner Kasey Alexander. Hospital Facility Dog Zadoc is comforting young patients at Shriners Hospital for Children in Honolulu with handlers Helene Freni Rogers and Michele Chee. Hospital Facility Dog Ruby is helping young patients at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu with partner Heather Tamaye. Congratulations to all of this year's graduates! 

Active Teams

During 2020, ADH had over 50 active graduate teams including Service Dogs, Hospital Facility Dogs and Courthouse Dogs. Our Hospital Facility Dogs comforted more than 5,000 hospitalized patients and their families, and our Courthouse Facility Dogs provided courage to over 1,000 child victims of crime throughout Hawaii. Sadly, the pandemic has caused a rise in domestic violence, so these services were needed more than ever. Thanks to your support, these teams have made a significant impact and benefit to those who are most vulnerable in our community. 

Puppies in Training

During 2020 we had 34 puppies-in-training in our program!  All of these future heroes were purpose-bred for health, intelligence and temperament and come from the best Guide and Service Dog lines from around the world. During their training, the puppies complete four levels of training and learn over 90 commands. For more adorable puppy photos, (including the C-Litter pictured above) check out our new 2021 Puppy Calendar!
COVID-19 Scent Detection
Four dogs in our program are participating in an important canine scent detection study to identify COVID-19 in human sweat samples. ADH is partnering with The Queen's Medical Center and international researchers. The training is taking place at our main campus on Maui. The goal is to share our protocol with other agencies so that medical detection dogs can be deployed at airports, schools and public gatherings. Results so far are promising and we hope that dogs will be able to provide rapid, non-invasive screening for COVID-19. 
Learn more in this Hawaii News Now TV report.

Your Donation Makes a Difference

Nothing brings hope and healing like a dog. Your donation this holiday season will help train Assistance Dogs who serve those who are most vulnerable in our community, including people with physical disabilities, hospitalized patients, and children who are victims of crime. Our graduate dogs go to work every day and do what they do best - provide love, support and independence to those they serve!
Thank you for making this possible with your generous support!
Please support Assistance Dogs of Hawaii and help change the life of someone with a physical disability or other special need. Donations of all amounts are greatly appreciated. 
Assistance Dogs of Hawaii | (808) 298-0167 |

PO Box 1803
Makawao, HI 96768

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