Righteous Pups Australia
Righteous Pups Australia Inc is a national charity, the first and only to place Autism Assistance Dogs with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders throughout Australia. Each dog costs approximately $29,000 to train and place over an 18-month to two year period- at no cost to the recipient family.
After working with Righteous Puppies through the Mindshop Excellence Program, Mike has become an advisor donating time and expertise to the charity to increase awareness and funds.
Our Vision - Righteous Pups Australia seeks to transform and enrich the lives of those we interact with through canine interventions.
Our Mission - RPA exists to train dogs for Autism Assistance and Therapy roles, which empower people to live with greater independence and quality of life.
What do we do? - We raise, socialise, train and permanently place Autism Assistance Dogs with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
We also train Therapy dogs who, visit and interact with older persons, the infirmed, persons with disabilities and the socially isolated within the community.
Another part of RPA is to work with academically and/or socially challenged high school students through our S.W.A.T. (Specifically Working with At-risk Teens) program. Working with animals has proven to have a major positive impact on teenagers, especially those with anger and depression related issues.
Mike worked with the Mindshop Excellence program and students from Eaglehawk Secondary College and Bendigo South East College. The Year 1o students made some special furry friends during their work experience program at Righteous Pups. Their project was to improve the profile of Righteous Pups in the community by utilising Social Media applications. The combined student group worked well as a team and were praised by the team at Righteous Pups for their ideas and their caring attitude. Along with several solutions, the team produced a Facebook page and they put together a heartfelt promotional video that Righteous Pups now have streaming on YouTube.
Our dog training team also incorporates a training team composed of local unemployed young people, giving them a sense of purpose and significance. These trainees are now highly competent dog trainers who absolutely love working with the dogs. There is a tremendous sense of personal pride when you are involved in something greater than yourself and we have seen young people's lives changed.
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