International Assistance Dog Week

Our Blog / August 6, 2019

In honor of International Assistance Dog Week (IADW), we wanted to share the importance and our appreciation for assistance dogs.

This year, IADW is August 4-10, and the annual celebration was created with four main goals:

The Importance of IADW:
There are many different types of assistance dogs – all performing an array of tasks for people with a broad range of needs. Typically, dogs are hand-picked and extensively trained to help people improve conditions that can interfere with daily activities. The assistance dogs are able assist individuals with new levels of independence, as well as a companionship.

Not only do the assistance dogs work hard during their training sessions, the dog trainers, raisers and programs also work diligently to ensure the best outcomes. This community is one that deserves more recognition and awareness among the public.

We encourage you to help spread the word, and awareness, about these wonderful canines who do so much to help people live their best life!

Assistance Dogs in the BrightSpring Family of Brands
At BrightSpring, we understand the importance of assistance dogs – as we also want to help people live their best life. So, we incorporate assistance dogs throughout our various lines of business, including ResCare Community Living, ResCare HomeCare and SpringHealth Behavioral Health & Integrated Care.

About IADW
International Assistance Dog Week was established due to the efforts of Marcie Davis, a paraplegic for over 35 years and CEO of Davis Innovations. Davis is the author of “Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook,” a resource book that captures personal stories, checklists and practical tips to provide the reader with an A-Z guide about service dogs. She is also the host of the internet radio program, “Working Like Dogs,” at As a member of a service dog team, she founded Working Like Dogs to honor assistance dogs around the world.

For more information, you can visit the International Assistance Dog Week website.

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