Empowering Kids … Changing Lives
We believe all children, and especially the disadvantaged youth in our programs, can become high achievers in their own unique way and overcome challenges through care and support. Our goal is to empower kids by teaching them important life skills while receiving the therapeutic value of caring for and training a dog.
The children in our programs are selected in collaboration by teachers, counselors and therapists.
While in our program the students enjoy the companionship of the dog while gaining confidence and finding acceptance. Improving life skills truly makes a difference on child’s life. It gives youth a reason to dream bigger and to find the confidence to be more than their disability or environment.
The dogs make me happy. Even when I come in not a very good mood, the dogs make me feel better. This program has changed my life. It has helped with my patience, I have to be patient to train a dog. – Nick, Dorothy Thomas Program Participant