One Student + One Dog = Three Beautiful Futures

                          

At Kids and Canines we transform lives…. All through the love of a dog.

The youth we serve at Kids and Canines have often experienced loss and hardships that would be difficult for many children and adults to understand, and as such, they suffer from social and emotional challenges.

Staff and volunteers work with the kids in roles as teacher, mentor and friend. Together we can give a child a chance to prove they can overcome hardships and obstacles to accomplish great things.

The magic of our program is simple.  We take one rescued dog and one disadvantaged child and bring them together with a purpose.   We teach at-risk children how to train dogs ad through this process the teen gains important life skills like responsibility, teamwork, empathy, confidence and job skills that will help them later in life.

While the dog is being trained to serve others, they are heroes to their student trainers giving them what they need – the best therapy ever though unconditional dog love.  Success is measured by the impact a dog makes on the lives it touches, from the youth who train to those we visit during training to the client who receives the dog.  Annually, around 350 children will benefit from the companionship of our dogs.

  • “Lucy is such a good dog. She has had a bad life, like me, so I feel for her. I love this dog.” – AJ, Student Trainer at Dorothy Thomas

At Kids and Canines children find acceptance, they grown in confidence and self-esteem and they learn important life and work skills that make their futures brighter.   Through the process of training a dog they learn empathy, dedication, social skills and the importance and fulfillment of success that comes from hard work, traits many of our student trainers lack.

Once trained the dogs then go on to serve others as an emotional support companions and therapy dogs.

That’s how, at our school, 1 + 1 = 3. (But don’t tell the math teachers.)

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