There was plenty to see and do plus, of course, lots of puppies to stroke. The aim of the day was to show people what the charity does and to help raise valuable funds for the charity.
The Open Day included demonstrations and mini puppy classes. Sam, one of the Team Dogs, gave 3 very entertaining demonstrations, showing how an Ability Dog can help a physically disabled youngster. He made the audiences laugh with his waggy tail and exuberance, especially his enthusiasm with putting the post into the waste bin.
This lead into a puppy class with most of the Ability Dog puppies in training and a couple of the working Ability Dogs joined in. 2 by 2 they showed snippets of the weekly training classes and the audiences seemed awestruck.
Everyone enjoyed meeting the puppies. Puppy parents, trainers and recipients of Ability Dogs were happy to explain to people what they do and what their Ability Dog had done for them. There were plenty of things to entertain everyone including face painting, several tombolas and a story-telling area. This year, Island author Anne Holley read snippets of her new book ‘Alice, where are you’. Anne is donating £4 from every book sold to the charity.
Carol Court, Founder and CEO said:
“The day was a great success and it was lovely to invite everyone in to show them what these amazing and truly life changing Ability Dogs do for Island young people. The aim of the day was to raise awareness but thanks to everyone’s generosity it was a huge bonus to raise just over £1,000.00 for the charity’s funds.”
Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW is an Island charity which trains assistance dogs to improve the lives of physically and mentally disabled young people and children on the Isle of Wight. If you think you can help in the shops, by fundraising or are interested in becoming a Puppy Parent, visit www.abilitydogs4yp.org.uk, email [email protected] or phone 01983 216246.