WELFARE DOG PROGRAM
SQNLDR Cindy Chawner: So our visit today was really successful.
Lots of conversations about the new welfare dog program being trialed by Air Force; and the role a welfare dog can play in supporting military personnel and their families. We talked about how welfare dogs differ to Assistance dogs but how the training needs to take the same path and why...
We talked about how DVA can support veterans by supporting Assistance dog programs; and the types of issues that will need to be defined and addressed.
We also talked about the lack of support (0 support) provided to veteran dogs once their time with Defence is done and how this can impact on quality of life for animals who have already given so much of their relatively short lives.
Still a lot more conversations to be had, but this was one very big step in the right direction, and I hope won’t be the last.
From SQNLDR Cindy Chawner