OUR SAY: Homeless dogs help disabled
TRAINED assistance dogs can provide an incredible breadth of benefits to individuals with disabilities.
From mobility assistance and independence, assisting with everyday tasks, summoning help when needed, alerting to night terrors and more.
There's a lot of focus on golden retrievers, labradors and German shepherds, but purebreds aren't the only types of dogs that can become excellent assistance dogs.
On the Sunshine Coast, homeless dogs are getting a second chance as assistance dogs thanks to the Compass Institute.
This award-winning Sunshine Coast-based charity has recently launched Compass Assistance Dogs, which provides service dogs for people with disabilities.
The institute has teamed up with the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge to give rescue dogs a new life and purpose.
It's a great initiative. And one which will go some way towards easing the dumping crisis our pet rescue organisations are constantly facing.
There is a multitude of well-tempered and intelligent cross breeds at the refuge that could be trained to become wonderful service dogs, so why not give them the opportunity to prove themselves and help others.
Assistance dogs play an integral role in our community and the institute is proud of the fact 25% of the dogs they select for the program are rescue dogs.
We applaud the program and hope these talented pooches, like Oliver (see page 3), go on to live happy, fulfilled lives while being a lifeline for those with a disability.