“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
Autism produces a variety of symptoms that can be mitigated through the use of a service dog. People who have been diagnosed with autism face a world that is exceptionally difficult to navigate. The daily companionship of a dog can help ease these challenges, and it has been found that children especially benefit from canine companionship. Because the dog is a constantly at a child’s side, they are available for the
child to hug, which can be invaluable during a frantic state, to help ease the child into a calmer state. Additionally, the dog can be trained to interrupt the repetitive behaviors that are the hallmark symptom of autism. And, if all of that wasn’t enough, the therapeutic relationship that forms between the child and dog has the ability to decrease anger, aggression and mood swings all while teaching the child how to nurture and care for another being. [6,7]
While both therapy dogs and service dogs provide a wealth of comfort and assistance to people in need, they aren’t the same thing. Therapy dogs are pets first and foremost, but they go to hospitals, nursing homes or other care facilities to help patients. Service dogs are full-time helpers to their owners. Yes, they too have time off, but their main job is to assist their disabled owner in day-to-day functions and are legally allowed to go wherever their owner needs them to go - even if other dogs are not allowed. 
When dogs search for a missing person, help with physical therapy, or aid a disabled person, they provide an invaluable service. This month CharitySub has a chance to support the community that trains and cares for these canine caretakers, and we need your help to make it happen!
From Portland to New York, Angel On A Leash teams of dogs and handlers have volunteered their time and efforts to helping patients get well.
Connecticut Canine Search & Rescue is a valuable resource that law enforcement turns to when they need help searching for lost, missing or drowned individuals.
Canine Partners for Life trains service dogs allowing people with either physical or cognitive disabilities to live the independent life they want.