New Zealand is about to have its first group of service animals for people with neurological disorders, thanks to the work of a woman who believes she owes her life to a German Shepherd following a horrific car accident. Ms. Donne sustained brain damage in the accident 13 years ago and has now created a charity, the Kotuku Foundation, which she hopes will provide service dogs for people throughout the country. There is currently no group in the country sanctioned to train service dogs so the Foundation is working closely with the police to train these animals for people with disabilities such as autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, etc.
Springboard wants to wish Ms. Donne and her Foundation, the very best of luck in launching this most important service for New Zealanders in need.
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