American Humane Associations Hero Dog Awards - 2012 Finalists
Category: Service Dogs
Location: Magna, Utah
Charity Partner:International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP)
Holly is my amazing 11-year-old seizure alert and response service dog. The bond and partnership with Holly has changed my life, and saved it on multiple occasions. Because of having Holly, I was able to graduate from college. Together we have traveled the country. I am so thankful for Holly every day we find ways to give back to the community by supporting charity fundraising efforts. Together, Holly and I have raised over $6,000 for different causes and charities in the past year alone. We have also gone to elementary schools to teach children about Service Dogs. Holly is beyond amazing, she is my Hero Dog! Holly is supporting the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP), a nonprofit organization founded in 1993 by disabled persons to foster the assistance dog movement through its networking publication, Partners Forum, conference workshops, an informative website and other education, advocacy and peer support initiatives. Reducing the financial burden of partnership on the most impoverished segment of society is another important goal. IAADP works with generous corporate partners and other benefactors to help members to maintain the health of their guide, hearing and service dogs through donated products and discounts. IAADP also fundraises in order to provide a grant of financial aid to help “Save a Partnership” in cases where a beloved assistance dog develops a major veterinary problem that is treatable, but the disabled person can’t afford the surgery or other recommended treatment which could enable their working partnership to continue.