To improve the lives of the disabled through Assistance Dogs.
Every person with disability and their Assistance Dog will lead life to the fullest.
To be the go-to resource for anything on Assistance Dogs in Singapore and uphold public confidence towards Assistance Dogs and their handlers.
Hello, I am Cassandra Chiu - a psychotherapist, social advocate and speaker who also happens to be blind. On top of my professional identities, I am also a handler of a Seeing-Eye Dog, a type of Assistance Dog.
Having an Assistance Dog has given me back my life!
From the moment I got my first Assistance Dog, Esme, in 2011, she has unimaginably improved my mobility, acting as my eyes on the ground and enabling me to travel safely and independently. After Esme came Elke, who is my current four-legged assistant. Together, they have changed my life for the better.
However, the road was not always smooth. In the early days, many people did not know what an Assistance Dog was, nor did they understand that Assistance Dogs are well-behaved and are allowed in public spaces.
Thankfully, with years of help from the media and many supporters, Singaporeans have grown to understand and welcome Assistance Dogs. These days, I often hear little children explain to their parents that Assistance Dogs are allowed on trains, buses, in eateries, and in shopping malls.
I am very, very grateful for the outpouring of understanding and kindness from Singaporeans for the blind and our seeing-eye dogs.
My dream is for the same kindness to be extended to all assistance dogs so that people with different types of disabilities can also reclaim their life with the help of their own specially-trained canine companions!
I hope that you will join me. Together, let’s create a better place for all of us!
Many persons with disabilities have co-morbidities involving such conditions that compound the effect of their disability. Assistance Dogs can also ameliorate these co-morbidities and help persons with disabilities live fuller, more confident and contributory lives.
K9 Assistance aims to be the go-to resource hub for all things related to Assistance Dogs in Singapore and uphold public confidence towards Assistance Dogs and their disabled handlers.
K9Assistance is governed by a Board of Directors, which is the governing body responsible for overseeing and managing the charity.
The Board’s role is to provide strategic direction and oversight of K9Assistance’s programmes and objectives and to steer the charity towards fulfilling its vision and mission through good governance.