National Service Dogs is dedicated to enriching the quality of life and enhancing the independence of individuals with special needs by providing them with specially trained Certified Service Dogs.
This holiday season, support National Service Dog puppies-in-training! They are working hard to learn the skills they need to help a child or adult with special needs.
National Service Dogs (NSD) was founded in 1996 as a response to the increasing need for effective interventions in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. In its inaugural year, NSD singularly launched the world’s first Service Dog for Autism program, establishing an effective and customized resolution to alleviate the bolting behaviors, anxiety and resulting effects in children living with autism. NSD was responsible for the establishment of international Service Dog programs in Australia, Ireland, Spain, the United States, Canada and more, and remains the benchmark for this field of Assistance Dog programming worldwide.
Since its inception, NSD has continued to respond to the needs of an ever changing demographic of individuals living with as assortment of physical and developmental disorders, including multiple sclerosis, Down syndrome, Lou Gehrig’s disease, fetal alcohol syndrome and more. Since 2009, the Companion Dog program has been a successful response to these disorders and has helped nearly 77 individuals across Canada cope with their unique challenges.
2011 saw the establishment of NSD’s Skilled Companion Dog program for Canadian Military veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This distinguished program has been a catalyst in the treatment of Canadian veterans and has played a crucial role in the rehabilitation and recovery of veterans living with debilitating PTSD. NSD continues to be the only accredited organization in Canada offering this program.
As an innovator and international pioneer in the field of Service Dog training and placement, NSD has always sought to find new ways to expand our programming to a broader market in order to impact more individuals. As a response to this desire, NSD launched the Canine Assisted Intervention (CAI) program in the spring of 2013, the first of its kind in Ontario. CAI matches specially trained Service Dogs (CAI Dogs) with treatment professionals, doctors or therapists, working within a treatment facility or independent practice. CAI assists mental health professionals in the treatment of mental illness, trauma, abuse and developmental disorders in adults and children.
NSD receives no government funding and relies entirely on support from corporate sponsors, local community members, service clubs and annual fundraising events. We offer a variety of sponsorship and donation options, customized to fit every person’s charitable giving focus. To learn how you can support National Service Dogs visit www.nsd.on.ca
It’s not too early to start planning for NSD’s most anticipated event, our Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs! The Hunt is hosted every Good Friday in nine Canadian cities: Barrie, Brampton, Calgary, Guelph, Kitchener, London, Oakville, St. Catharines, and Windsor. The 2014 hunt will take place Friday, April 18, 2013 - mark your calendars! Visit the Easter Egg Hunt page on www.nsd.on.ca for details.