We provide trained Mobility Dogs to enhance the lives of people living physical disabilities.
Established in 2003 Mobility Dogs is a reistered charitable trust authorised under the Dog Control Act 1996 to train assistance dogs for people with disabilities. The dogs are trained to functionally assist with tasks such as retrieval of dropped items, opening doors, pressing lift/pedestrian buttons, turning lights on/off, loading laundry, barking for help on command & more . . . depending on individual needs. They also support clients to feel less isolated and more involved in the community.
Our dogs assist people with a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and spinal injuries to name a few. We also place dogs to a wide range of ages from children to adults.
Mobility Dogs enhance the lives of people living with disabilities, increasing independence, confidence, self esteem and participation in New Zealand communities.
The Trust placed its first Mobility Dog with a recipient in 2005. Since then it has placed 60+ Mobility Dogs and has a further 30 at various stages of training.
The Mobility Dogs Canine Team works closely with the Department of Corrections to run two prison training programmes in New Zealand. We have a well defined training programme whereby the prisoners are guided in all aspects of animal learning, behaviour, motivation and development. This is both highly beneficial for the dogs as well as the prisoners who are offered the opportunity to learn new skills, build meaningful relationships and also contribute to the wider community.
Alongside these prison programmes we also have dedicated puppy raisers working in the community in Southern Lakes, Hamilton and Auckland to support the puppy development programme.
The total cost of raising a puppy is around $50,000 As a small charity we are extremely grateful for any donations and welcome anyone who would like to work alongside Mobility fundraising and raising awareness of the charity.