The Purpose of AMEN
In the April 3, 1996 (Vol. 272, No. 13) issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Karen Allen, PhD and Jim Blascovich, PhD revealed the results of a two-year study. Their objective was to assess the value of service dogs for people with ambulatory disabilities. The results were surprising to some, yet merely confirmed what this industry has believed to be true for more than 20 years.
The World Institute on Disabilities declares that there are more than 3.8 million people in the U.S. alone who need some type of personal assistance (due to a disability), and yet only 850,000 are getting the assistance that they need. Trained and certified assistance dogs offer an affordable and empowering method to remedy this problem.
According to the above mentioned study disabled individuals realized significant increases (within 6 months of receiving a service dog) in self-esteem, psychological well-being, community integration, school attendance, and part time employment, while needing less paid and unpaid assistance hours. Within two years of receiving a dog the following was realized:
Actual financial savings for one family are realized in the second year after receiving an assistance dog, and increase to more than $60,000 after 8 years.
The reduction in unpaid assistance hours is also significant in that the burden to family and friends is diminished.
Most of these paid assistance hours come directly from tax dollars, and are distributed by the state health and human service systems. This study is telling us that by providing a service (assistance) dogs to those with disabilities are raising quality of life while saving health and human service dollars. Careful breeding and a stimulating environment are the keys to a successful "service dog".
Some puppies held back for service dogs are placed into "puppy handler homes" for basic training for up to one year. if you are interested in becoming a puppy handler or sponsoring the growth and training of a puppy, please contact us for more information.
"...there are more than 3.8 million people in the U.S. alone who need some type of personal assistance (due to a disability), and yet only 850,000 are getting the assistance they need."
Most individuals needing a service dog must wait many years before their need is met. We would like to reduce that waiting period by helping to fill this gap.
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