Nina Service Dogs
Nina Service Dogs was founded in 2016. It is the first non-profit organization in Greece, that provides and trains certified service-assistance dogs for children, adults, and elderly with disabilities. The dogs participate in individual or group sessions and visits to institutions in cooperation with expert social scientists. The dogs that are given to persons with disabilities remain with their new owners for the rest of their lives. The organization’s vision is to improve the quality of life of disabled children, adults, elderly people and their families. The organization is a certified member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP), European Guide Dog Federation (EGDF), and 4PAWS FOR ABILITY.
The grant regards a 10-month visit program by certified service-assistance dogs to institutions for the elderly with approximately 500 senior beneficiaries total. The skills & training of the dogs will be demonstrated to participants who will also have the opportunity to interact with the dogs. The interaction with the dogs will help the elderly, many of who are socially isolated, in improving their physical & psychological health.
This grant is implemented through the Points of Support program: