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Hearing Dog Expansion Program
Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS)
Meet Chris Wilson and her dog Murphy; the two are inseparable. Wilson, who is hearing impaired has Murphy to alert her of certain noises, helping her to live a safer, more independent life.
PADS is a training program that teaches dogs between 12 and 18 months to notify their owners of oven timers, telephone rings, smoke alarms and numerous other sounds. The unique thing about PADS is that they usually train dogs that are rescued from animal shelters.
A grant from Vancouver Foundation has enabled PADS to hire another dog trainer to reduce the wait list for hearing assistance dogs. The contribution will allow six more dogs to be trained each year.
(Originally aired: 2008)