A companion for all those disabled who have lost competency in daily life is provided by FDS. Freedom Service Dogs is an organization in Denver that assists in building therapeutic and physical bonds between the animal and the human. The dogs are custom trained to fit the needs of the physically challenged who have been impaired in military and other mishaps during their lifetime. It is a registered 501(c) (3) supported by the government and a network of media.
The dogs that are trained in FDS are not bred for fulfilling the undertakings. They are animals rescued from local Denver animal shelters. These dogs are trained for a year under different training programs to make them human friendly and form the prop sticks to the needy. They make the real difference with all those with mobility impairment. They help with picking up dropped things off the floor, assisting from one place to another, turning a light on and off, searching for a ringing mobile phone, and much more.
The trained dogs are categorized in to two groups depending on the condition of the human counterpart:
- Professional Service Team: This team of trained dogs are for those with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or spinal cord injury. These people have certified dogs backing them with their activities. These canines are for those above the age of 16 who can handle the dog without the help of others. The dog follows the person to the work place, school, supermarkets and other places in the society. The dogs are trained to be well behaved in the society and listen to their master’s advice.
- Certified Companion Team: These are the trained dogs who associate with people below the age of 16 and who are in grave need of support from other family assistants to cater the dog and handle it in the society. Clients with autism, anxiety disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder seek these companionships. Apart from helping them do their chores, the dogs are said to rejuvenate these disabled people from their depression.
The process of the dog certification follows three steps. The first is that more than 3 million dogs are rescued every year and given the second chance. They are then trained extensively for 9 to 12 months, which includes expenses around $20,000 to $25,000. Upon graduation they are available for the disabled to give them the energy to face the challenges of everyday life. These then become a part of the impaired person’s life assisting them all through and giving them renewed energy.