MEDFORD, Ore. — Kids with disabilities are getting help in everyday activities with four-legged friends.
The organization Canine Angels conducted a final test on four dogs at the Rogue Valley Mall. The dogs have to pass certain tasks in order to go home with their owners.
Lizzie Shaw and Bo went through the first round. Lizzie has cerebral palsy and Bo has to help her with her mobility issues. Bo was tested to open doors, avoid food, strangers and loud noises.
Canine Angels chose the Rogue Valley Mall because it had those various challenges for a dog. When the organization pairs up a service animal and a child, coordinators say they make sure the personalities match up. They say it’s easier for them to train together when there’s chemistry.
“Although other people are a little apprehensive with someone like lizzie, she’s very social very loving very high energy, positive. And I think the dog is going to just going to go hand in hand with that,” said Lizzie’s parent, Cindy Shaw.
Canine Angels is unlike most service dog programs. They help pair dogs with kids as young as 5-years-old.