Local Assistance Dog Charity gets national recognition at Crufts

Shrewsbury based Dog Assistance in Disability (Dog A.I.D.) has gained significant recognition after one of it’s clients won the Crufts Friends for Life accolade.

Lucy Watts and her Cocker Spaniel Molly are currently in training with Dog A.I.D., who help people with disabilities train their pet dog to assistance dog level.  Molly and twenty-year old Lucy were voted the most deserving winners out of five shortlisted finalists by the British public. Lucy has a life-limiting rare genetic illness called Ehlers Danlos syndrome.

Speaking about their win, Lucy said: “This is just fantastic. It is just wonderful what Molly has done for me. She has given me a purpose, a reason to live, a reason to keep fighting and a reason to carry on.”

Since the award was given at Crufts earlier this month, Dog A.I.D. has received over 1 million hits on its website, as well as being seen throughout the media including The Alan Titchmarsh Show and national press.

“We are delighted that Lucy and Molly got the recognition they deserve,” comments Sandra Fraser, Chairmain of Dog A.I.D.  “As a result of this award, we have seen levels of interest in Dog A.I.D. increase significantly which is fantastic.  We are working hard to continue training dogs like Molly and helping people like Lucy, but need support from the local community.  We are looking for people or groups to rattle collecting tins for us, organise a coffee morning on our behalf, collect their used stamps, make us their charity of the year and so much more.  If you think you can help us in any way, big or small, please do get in touch.”

Dog A.I.D. was established in the 1990’s and there are currently 37 fully qualified dogs throughout the country.  Training takes from 18 months to two years with both dog and owner receiving specialist education from a network of trainers based around the country.  The dog owner is given all the tools required to constantly reinforce training methods learnt and also continue to teach their dog new commands and tasks independently.

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