Folkmanis® Puppets in the Community
Assistance Dogs of America, Inc. - Swanton, Ohio
Folkmanis donated some puppets to Assistance Dogs of America, Inc.’s fundraising event, Dealin’ for Dogs. Assistance Dogs of America, Inc., (ADAI) helps children and adults with disabilities achieve greater independence by training and placing service and therapy dogs to assist with the individual's daily needs. For over 20 years, ADAI assistance dogs have helped transform the lives of over 150 individuals and their communities. From children with muscular dystrophy and spina bifada to adults with cerebral palsy and spinal cord injuries, ADAI service dogs provide their owners with self-reliance, self confidence and self-esteem, and most importantly, a chance to live their lives to the fullest potential. ADAI therapy dogs, equally highly trained, offer comfort and companionship to children in schools, persons in nursing homes and individuals with developmental disabilities, autism and Down’s Syndrome.
In recent years, ADAI has launched a number of innovative new programs, including the Prison Puppy Program. Inmates at the Toledo Correctional Institution and Cleveland's Northeast Pre-Release Center learn about responsibility by raising and training puppies for ADAI.