Graduation ceremony held for 2 Service Dogs – Ialta and Jack
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A graduation ceremony has been held for 2 Service Dogs organised by the Service Dogs Malta Foundation, Ialta and Jack were given their certificates following long months of training.
During the graduation ceremony the dogs were officially handed over to their owners as a fully qualified Autism Support Service Dog and Diabetes Alert Service Dog
The ceremony was attended by the Parliamentary Secretary for Persons with Disability and Active Ageing Dr Justyne Caruana, who congratulated and thanked the Foundation for all the work they do and said that the service these dogs provide will be instrumental to the people who will benefit from it, to not only live a more qualitative life, but also a more secure life.
Dr Caruana added that where before guide dogs have normally been associated with the visually impaired, today the training and service has been further extended to include other conditions, including deafness, autism and even diabetes.
"Along with dedicated laws and measures for greater accessibility, this government never stops exploring and supporting initiatives to strengthen the rights of disabled people towards a more independent and dignified life within society,' Dr Caruana stressed.
Mr. Joseph Stafrace, on behalf of the Foundation expressed his satisfaction at the outcome of the training of these dogs and explained how their role is so important in the life of those who need the assistance of a dog.
He explained that the training was intensive and thanked all the trainers, as well as those who in one way or another contributed to this success.