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Michelle shares the joy of fostering autism assistance puppies

A LIMERICK woman is urging residents to foster puppies to be trained as Autism Assistance Dogs.

According to Michelle McCaffrey, whose family has been fostering puppies for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI) for over five years, the dogs have changed her family’s life.

“We have always enjoyed fostering the puppies and guiding them through their training. Seeing a dog we fostered with their child and family fills us with pride and joy.

Michelle added, “It motivates you as a fosterer to get more incredible dogs out to kids waiting for their own superheroes.”

Sarah Buckley, AADI Volunteer Support Officer, said they urgently need foster families for their puppies.
Veterinary fees and food are covered, she added.

Each puppy is raised and socialised by a volunteer puppy foster family for the first 12 to 15 months. This is an important part of our service as it prepares our puppies for formal training. Every puppy we train works hard to help an autistic youngster.

“Our purpose is to transform the world for autistic children by enabling them to attain their full potential. We are committed to raising autism awareness, understanding, and inclusion within the community.

Volunteers and public donations help us provide free assistance dogs to people in need.

“Each trained assistance dog keeps their child companion safe. The youngster is belted to the dog and can grab the dog’s jacket handle. If the child tries to flee, the dog will stay place. They can also assist alleviate anxiety by easing difficult transitions for the child. Superheroes!” she said.

There will be a webinar at 3pm on January 28th and February 24th for potential puppy fosterers to meet their puppy supervisors.