This initiative was part of the real estate office community support program and resulted in office staff falling in love with the dogs.
According to the SmartPups website: Smart Pups Assistance Dogs is a dedicated not-for-profit organisation based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. We specialise in providing trained service dogs to assist children with special needs. Our goal is to improve the quality of life of children with autism and seizure related syndromes through training our dogs in ‘task specific’ skills. Our Smart Pups reduce stress levels in children and have a profound effect on the day-to-day lives of the child and family. These positive changes continue as the bond and relationship between child and Smart Pup grows over time.
Since we launched the charity in 2011, our organisation has placed 34 dogs with families across Australia. Placed at 12 to 18 months of age, Smart Pup Assistance Dogs are granted public access and become an integral part of the recipient families life accompanying them on shopping trips, family outings and even holidays. Smart Pups receive no official funding from the government and relies solely on donations, grants and fundraising activities to operate.
We are dedicated to raising awareness about the valuable role these Assistance Dogs play in the lives of children with special needs. We are passionate about helping children and their recipient families achieve a greater quality of life through the loving companionship of a Smart Pup and a furry best friend for life.