Helppes is a non-profit organisation based in Prague that trains and matches assistance dogs to clients who have varying disabilities. I took a trip to their training facility to learn more about what they do, and the impact their work has on the lives of their clients.
If you’ve ever walked down the street and spotted a person walking with a dog in a brightly coloured vest, you probably knew it was an assistance dog – a specially trained pup that helps individuals with physical disabilities that use a wheelchair or are visually impaired, but also people with autism and post-traumatic stress disorder. The range of disabilities that assistance dogs can help with are broad, and one organisation in Prague – Helppes, is training these dogs that are then matched with clients’ specific needs. Dušan Pospíchal, a member of the supervisory board at Helppes, explained the matching process to me.
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Author: Amelia Mola-Schmidt