Assistance Dogs: four paws are the key to active participation


Photo: Assistance dog with shopping bag in his mouth; Copyright: VITA e.V.

Assistance dogs are a great help in the everyday life of people with disabilities, but still too often have to "stay outside". However, in Germany this will change with a new law. Then assistance dog owners will have a legal right to be accompanied by their helper.

Photo: Anne-Mieke Kannings; Copyright: private

For Anne-Mieke Kanning, having her own assistance dog would be a real game changer. But the hurdles are big at the moment. But the 21-year-old is not deterred. You can find the link to her crowdfunding in the text.

How to crowdfund for your assistance dog

Photo: Service dog training in the city; Copyright: WZ Hundezentrum

The training of an assistance dog is lengthy and logically also cost-intensive. For this you get not only a well-trained assistant for your everyday life, but a companion and a bridge builder.

Photo: Nina and her assistance dog Hazel; Copyright: Lisa Foltin

Recognize assistance dogs for what they are: Helpers in everyday life and trailblazers for more participation - that's what Nina Hoffmann is calling for. Her Labrador dog Hazel helped her through the pandemic.

Act for Full Participation and Equality for People with Disabilities is just a beginning

Photo: Anne Hofmann; Copyright: private