Two new ser­vice dogs awarded with cer­tifi­cates

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary Justyne Caru­ana at­tended a ser­vice dog grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony yes­ter­day. The cer­e­mony saw two dogs, named Ialta and Jack, given the cer­tifi­cate af­ter long months of in­ten­sive train­ing.

In her speech, Dr Caru­ana said that “govern­ment never stopped ex­plor­ing and sup­port­ing ini­tia­tives to strengthen the rights of dis­abled peo­ple for a more independent and dig­ni­fied life within so­ci­ety” and this can be seen with the in­tro­duc­tion of Em­pow­er­ment Pro­gramme in last year’s bud­get.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr Caru­ana this leads to greater in­clu­sion and par­tic­i­pa­tion for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties at ev­ery level of so­ci­ety.

She also con­grat­u­lated and thanked all the work the Malta Foun­da­tion has done, and said that the ser­vice will be in­stru­men­tal to the peo­ple who ben­e­fit from it, by pro­vid­ing them with a more se­cure life.

The Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary em­pha­sised that ser­vice dogs are no longer ex­clu­sive to the visu­ally im­paired, but were also ben­e­fi­cial to per­sons who suf­fered from deaf­ness, autism and even di­a­betes.

On be­half of the Malta Foun­da­tion, Joseph Stafrace ex­pressed its sat­is­fac­tion at the train­ing of the ser­vice dogs and thanked all the train­ers who contributed to the suc­cess of the pro­gramme.

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