Local program that pairs agility dogs and children with autism gets new digs

Published: Nov. 1, 2019 at 5:22 PM EDT
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A local organization that pairs agility dogs with children and young adults with autism is getting ready to move into a new training space. Agility Angels has partnered with The Ability Center, and will have a new space in a brand new building. The building will also house the Ability Center's Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence program.

This is the first time in its 13-year history that Agility Angels will have a permanent space. President Kim Holmes says this will allow them to offer classes and camps that they were not able to before.She says the program is not only life-changing for the students, but also their families.

Ross Michalski says the program has een a huge help. After being part of the program as a student, Ross has gone on to teach others. He says Agility Angels has helped him with self-confidence and taught him better social skills. He says he's learned to make better eye contact with people, and he now has better conversations. He also credits the program with helping him get a job. His dog Denver is part of the program.

The new training space isn't quite finished yet. The goal is to move in within the next month

Agility Angels relies on volunteers and donations to operate. If you would like to be part of the organization's work, we've posted a link.