Assistance Dogs of Hawaii (ADH) began in 2000 with a mission of training Service Dogs to assist people with limited mobility. The Maui based non-profit organization has grown over the last 23 years to provide dogs to a wide array of Hawai‘i residents with special needs.
ADH has trained over 200 Assistance Dogs that have touched the lives of thousands of Hawai‘i residents. ADH provides Service Dogs for children and adults with disabilities and full-time Hospital Dogs that work at hospitals throughout Hawai‘i, including The Queens Medical Center, Kapiolani Medical Center, Rehab Hospital of the Pacific and Shriners Hospital for Children. ADH also provides Courthouse Dogs who help children who are victims of crime throughout the difficult legal system, and School Facility Dogs that help at local high schools. The ways that dogs can help people in need continues to grow. Assistance Dogs can help everyone from our keiki to our kūpuna.
Assistance Dogs of Hawaii’s latest mission is providing Crisis Response for those affected by the wildfires on Maui. Therapy Dog Teams have been providing comfort to thousands of Maui residents at shelters and schools. ADH also provides support for first responders, including police and fire departments as well as FEMA and Red Cross workers. ADH adopted a puppy who was rescued from the fire in Lāhainā. She was named “Hope” and goes to school each day in West Maui, where she visits with students and comforts those who have also lost their homes.
ADH provides all of its services free of charge and thanks to donations from individuals, businesses and foundations. To learn more about Assistance Dogs of Hawaii and how these special dogs have changed the lives of people in Hawai‘i, read Wonder Dogs: True Stories of Extraordinary Assistance Dogs.