Sweet Charity Medical Assistance Dogs, a Canadian Registered Charity (#82238 5035 RR0001) in Barrie, Ontario exists to train dogs to help people who need them. It’s that simple! There are three main programs that Sweet Charity raises funds to support. They are our Diabetes Alert Dog program, Personal Support Service Dog program and the Canine Ambassador Program.
Our Diabetes Alert Dog program trains puppies and matches them with children and youth living with Type 1 Diabetes and hypoglycemic unawareness. The dogs are professionally trained to recognize low blood sugars and alert the child or get help.
Our Personal Support Service Dog program trains rescue dogs to help mitigate the impact of high stress and mental health concerns in children and youth with a diagnosis that has negatively impacted the individuals social/emotional wellness. Diagnoses include Type 1/2 or Diabetes, ADHD, ASD, ODD, Developmental Trauma, MID, SPD and Selective Mutism. The dog is trained over a two-year period to consolidate a minimum of three tasks that will meet the needs and mental health goals of the child/youth.
In our Canine Ambassador Program teams of pet dogs and staff are trained to provide emotional support in the safety of the particular facility such as a school. The ambassador teams promote positive socialization and calm interactions with a goal of promoting well-being and positive mental health.