Sweet Charity’s Diabetes Alert Dog Program
With an amazing sense of smell, dogs are able to learn how to recognize when blood sugar levels are dropping. Scent training with a puppy, using breath samples of a child/youth living with type 1 diabetes with hypoglaecemic unawareness takes approximately 12 months. Support for the child and the family to implement the program protocol continues for another 12 months. Once the dog is alerting consistently, it becomes a Service Dog enabling the child/youth to have a “friend for life” accompany him/her wherever they want to go.
This two year program costs the charity $15,000.00. Providing a child with improved health and independence is priceless!