Whiskey is a service dog rescued and specially trained by Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, INC located in Williston, Florida. He will spend his adult life in service to a veteran experiencing ongoing effects of the tolls of service.
How did funding for Whiskey become available?
Oakmont Senior Communities residents, staff, veterans, friends, and families participated in an organization-wide fundraiser, raising $22,000 to facilitate Whiskey’s training and donation to a deserving veteran.
Who will get Whiskey?
Whiskey will be awarded to a Michigan veteran of the United States Army in a ceremony at Oakmont Rochester in November. His adoption will be at no cost to the veteran thanks to the funds raised by Oakmont.
What is Whiskey trained to do?
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs are trained to do the following:
- Alerting for help
- Alerting prior to a seizure
- Diabetic alert
- Open/close doors, drawers and refrigerators
- Pick up dropped items
- Assist with balance issues
- Mitigate the challenges of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) including shielding, grounding from anxiety/panic attacks and flashbacks, and waking from nightmares
- Assist those with autism and so much more
Where is Whiskey allowed to go?
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), state and local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve the public generally, must allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go. For example, in a hospital, it would be inappropriate to exclude a service animal from areas such as patient rooms, clinics, cafeterias, or examination rooms. However, it may be appropriate to exclude a service animal from operating rooms or burn units where the animal’s presence may compromise a sterile environment.
Who is Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, INC?
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, INC is one of the nation’s most trusted and highly-rated 501(C)3 non-profit medical service dog organizations operating today. Having paired more than 200 individually trained medical service dogs with deserving recipients since beginning in 2010, Guardian Angels depends on the support of the community to continue their mission. Find out more on their website.