Community Outreach

Hawaii Fi-Do is dedicated to providing quality trained assistance dogs to the disablity community of Hawaii. We offer educational opportunity to the business community on public access and the rights of service dog teams. To train and socialize the service dog, we have created several other ongoing programs that involved youth, seniors, people with disabilities and military/veterans in Hawaii that have a direct affect on their health and welfare.

 
 

Educational Outreach

Hawaii Fi-Do offers resource information the public, business and state agencies on:

  • ADA law
  • Rights and roles of working service dog teams
  • Standards of training according to the ADI
  • General education and awareness on service dogs and dogs in training

We also educate businesses on “what is a service dog” and legal questions and actions they can take to prevent the abuse of people bring pets into their place of business claiming they are service animals.

Consultation services are provided to the medical field, airlines, city bus, hospital, shelters and any public places of business on their legal rights in dealing with identifying legitimate working  dogs in their community.

 

READ to the Dogs

Our program serves grade school children and older youth as a motivational and fun activity that improves fluency by reading to train dogs. Dogs offer unconditional love, are non-judgmental and a safe tool for kids who are reluctant to read out loud.

These sessions are offered island wide to elementary schools and has served over 500 children sincd 2012.

 

Therapeutic Wellness Visits

Trained teams offering therapy visits to hospitals, care home, day care programs for seniors, schools, special education students, businesses and any group that requests dog interaction. Research shows that dogs offer a calming effect, lowers blood pressure, acts as a social connector and while bringing smiles and distractions from their illness. For the school programs the students are taught disability awareness and how service dogs help people be more independent.

Our teams visits thousands of people statewide with their service and therapy dogs at: Kahuku Hospital, Wahiawa Hospital, Age to Perfection, Oceanside Assisted Living,  Kahuku Elderly Housing, Pali Momi, Kaiser Hospital, Queens Hospital, Castle Hospital, Hale Kuike in Nuuanu and Kaneohe, DOE classrooms, Lutheran School, Girl Scout Troops, Youth group BYU, Tripler, Pre-schools, military, Windward Elementary schools and many other places.