Thanks to our wonderful supporters and volunteers, our annual Valentine's Benefit Event was a big success. It was a beautiful evening at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea on the oceanfront lawn. Guests enjoyed live music, a gourmet dinner and heartfelt presentations by some of our inspiring graduate teams. A special mahalo to our event sponsors: Dowling Company, Inc., Leslie Ann Yokouchi Foundation Fund, The Rice Partnership and Four Seasons Resort! Thanks to everyone's generosity, 8 more assistance dogs will be provided free of charge. Mahalo!
Meet Nalu and Nico!
We welcomed 2 new pups to our training program this month. Nalu and Nico are 12-week-old male Labrador Retrievers, and come to us from our friends at Career Dogs Australia. They have already started their Kindergarten Training and are learning to sit, stay, and walk nicely on a leash. They brought lots of smiles in the Puppy Kissing Booth at our Valentine's Benefit Event!
NC State University Highlights Sydney!
Sydney Champion, ADH Program Assistant and former intern, was recently featured in North Carolina State University Accolades magazine, an online publication showcasing success stories of their alumni. It's a wonderful article describing Sydney's time at ADH, starting out as an intern and culminating in the success of puppy-raising Zadoc and his placement at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Honolulu. Click HERE for the full article on what an amazing job she has done!
Kasey and Toby Update
Hospital Facility Dog Toby and his partner, Kasey Alexander, are having a great impact at the Rehab Hospital of the Pacific. Toby helps patients with their trauma due to illness or injury by giving comfort and support during their stay at the hospital. Kasey shares, "When people see Toby, they just light up!" Click HERE to see their video and how ADH inspired Kasey to earn her masters degree and become a licensed mental health counselor.
Montessori Student Volunteers
This month we welcomed Amit, Arieanna and Quinn from the Montessori School of Maui. They will be on campus every month, volunteering in a variety of ways; from dog bathing, to trail maintenance, and more! All of the staff at ADH (2-legged and 4-legged) appreciates these helpful 8th graders and the enthusiasm they bring to the job!