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What’s in a name?

Assistance Dogs of Hawaii, home of Hawaii Canines
We are pleased to announce that our name is changing from “Hawaii Canines for Independence” to “Assistance Dogs of Hawaii” on May 1, 2013. Rest assured that other than the name change and our new website address, everything else you love about our program will remain the same! Our leadership and dedicated team will continue to provide the same excellent and innovative service on which we have built our reputation.

Our staff and board of directors decided that our new name better reflects the significant growth of our program over the past several years. “Assistance Dogs” is the term that describes all types of dogs that are trained to help people in need. Back in 2000, our original mission was to train Service Dogs to help people with limited mobility become more independent. While this still remains our primary focus, our program has expanded to provide many more types of Assistance Dogs, including Hospital Facility Dogs, Courthouse Dogs, Social Therapy Dogs and Seizure Response Dogs.

In addition to the Assistance Dog Program, our Community Outreach Program has also expanded over the years to reach hundreds of people in our community each week. This includes our Therapy Dog Program for hospitals and nursing homes, the Wounded Warrior Program for veterans, the READ Program for children, and the Workplace Readiness Program for high school students with special needs.

It’s exciting to see how the Assistance Dog industry has grown over the past twenty years. Thanks to your support, we have been an industry leader and have had the opportunity to help improve the lives of so many people. We believe that dogs have even more untapped abilities to help people in need and we look forward to further developing that potential in the years ahead.

You will see a lot of exciting things happening this year: we are conducting a scent detection research project with Kapiolani Medical Center, where we are teaching dogs to provide early detection of life threatening medical conditions; a book is being written about some of our inspiring teams that have graduated over the years; and more puppies than ever will be entering the training program!

We are delighted to re-introduce ourselves to you as Assistance Dogs of Hawaii and invite you to drop by and visit us at our training center located in beautiful Upcountry Maui. Thank you so much for your dedicated support of our mission!

Sincerely,
Maureen Maurer, CPA, MS
Executive Director

P.S. For the time being, our legal name remains “Hawaii Canines for Independence” and we’ve added the trade name of “Assistance Dogs of Hawaii”. This means that any donations made to either name can be accepted by our banking partners.