Meet the Assistance Dog Teams
With handler Margierose
Margie and Captain, as he is affectionately known, live in New York. They met through Animal Farm Foundation, where Captain has been trained to help with Margie’s mobility when she has dizzy spells, by helping her keep her balance or by bracing her on stairways. He can also retrieve items that she has dropped or
With handler Vicki
In North Carolina, trips to the beach and out in public were difficult for Vicki, who has a lung disorder that makes her dizzy and an unsteady walker. Through Animal Farm Foundation, Parker was matched and trained to help Vicki by bracing her when maneuvering stairs or with feelings of unsteadiness. He can also retrieve objects for her if they are dropped. Parker opens doors for Vicki, both literally and figuratively. With Parker by her side, Vicki is provided with more independence than before, allowing her to do some of her favorite things again.
Matthew and Jericho
After a motorcycle accident, Matthew struggled to maintain his mobility. Then he met his assistance dog, Jericho. They clicked immediately.
Jericho pulls Matthew in his wheelchair, retrieves dropped items, and hit switches. Jericho braces Matthew if he falls. The two are an inseparable service dog team.
With handler Joe
Zen, originally from Hillsborough County Animal Services in Florida, was trained through Animal Farm Foundation’s, Assistance Dog Program. After training Zen was paired with his owner, former marine Joe. Zen attends school with Joe. With Zen by his side, this “team” is confident and independent and is now able to get back to normal everyday life.
With handler Fiona
Fiona has a demyelinating neurological condition, which affects the nerve fibers in her brain and spinal cord. She has chronic pain, weakness, and limited sensation on the right side of her body.
Koda provides counter-balance for Fiona, making walking and standing easier. He uses deep pressure to help her sense her extremities and retrieves items from the floor.
With handler Isa
Isa and her assistance dog, Lily, are working together thanks to Animal Farm Foundation’s Assistance Dog Program. Isa is an epileptic and relies on Lily as her seizure response resource.
Lily is specifically trained to stay with Isa and provide weight by laying on or near her when she is having a seizure so that she does not harm herself. Not only that, but Lily is also trained to go get help if Isa asks her to, whether it be at home or in public. And if Isa drops something? No problem, Lily will retrieve it for her. Lily has helped Isa gain more confidence in public outings and even in the home.