Courtney Craig, 214-259-4658
June 5, 2018
Canine Companions for Independence has placed the Lone Star State’s first facility dog trained specifically for a community of adults with special needs.
The non-profit organization’s South Central Region trained and placed a Labrador/Golden Retriever cross named Yoshi with Daymark Living, the DFW area’s first neighborhood for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Opening this summer, Daymark Living provides a state-of-the-art residential community dedicated to helping adults age 18+ with IDD live, learn and thrive, in an all-inclusive environment that includes housing, education, and connections to employment.
“Yoshi was specifically matched with Daymark because of her calm and gentle temperament,” said Erin Christensen, Canine Companions for Independence Apprentice Instructor. “She has been trained in interactive commands and skills that her handler can utilize with residents, and with her affectionate personality she will love interacting with residents to provide fun and a sense of comfort.”