Rick Hairston, President and CEO of Canines for Service has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Assistance Dogs International North America.
Mr. Hairston will begin his four year term starting January 2014. With the
service dog industry being only
30-40 years old, the ability to help shape the future and define the standards of
both service dogs and their trainers in the industry is very important.
|Rick Hairston and |
his service dog Titus
Assistance Dogs International (ADI) is a coalition of not for profit assistance dog organizations. The purpose of ADI is to improve the areas of training, placement, and utilization of assistance dogs, staff and volunteer education, as well as educating the public about assistance dogs, and advocating for the legal rights of people with disabilities partnered with assistance dogs.
ADI has a comprehensive accreditation system and members have to be regularly assessed to ensure they meet the high standards expected of assistance dog programs.
Canines for Service is a non-profit corporation dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence. The group trains and places certified service dogs with the help of volunteer foster families and military prisoners, provides pet therapy certification classes and helps children in our community improve their reading skills. . Canines for Service continues to grow programs within the organization such as the Canines for Veterans, Canines for Therapy and Canines for Literacy and the service dog program. Service dogs, valued at over $40,000 each, assist people with disabilities to regain their independence with the help of the quality trained dogs that can complete over 350 tasks. Since its inception in 1996, Canines for Service has provided over $8 million in services to our community. For more information, call 910-362-8181 or visit www.caninesforservice.org.