K9s-4-Mobility, helping people and puppies

Service Dog Training teaches humans to be humane
Published: Aug. 18, 2021 at 6:16 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Sometimes office training can be boring, but sometimes it can be adorable, especially when it’s for a good cause.

K-9s-4-Mobility is a non-profit that was incorporated in 2012. It trains service dogs, for people with physical disabilities, in Cheyenne.

Training includes guide dogs for the visually impaired, service dogs for folks with physical disabilities, and facility-school dogs for therapists who work with kids with multiple disabilities.

K9s- 4-Mobility has placed 38 assistance dog teams to date.

Today they are teaching a workshop at the Jonah Bank on respectfully working with people with physical disabilities that you can see and those disabilities you can’t.

“When Jonah Bank was formed 15 years ago, we promised that we would be great at service. One of the codes of the West is ‘when you make a promise...keep it.’ I don’t know a better way to show the community, and to get better at service then by understanding how to better serve and be more welcoming to people with disabilities,” said Michele DeHoff, Culture Officer at Jonah Bank

The training offers people a chance to look at disability and service from a different perspective.

Giving them a chance to move through a space in a wheelchair or blindfolded, to relate somewhat to a person with a disability.

" We just don’t know how to treat someone respectfully when they’re different, and so we are just trying to provide a fun way of teaching people,” said Michelle Woerner, CEO of K9s-4-Mobility.

Jonah Bank helps provide funds for the k9-4-mobility teams and training.

“We’re not really talking about assistance dogs in this training although, that’s where our experience comes from working with lots of different people who have disabilities. But just anyone who needs any kind of a specific accommodations, just knowing how best to ask them, how they can assist them,” said Woerner.

To help keep their prices for services low, K9s-4-mobility Is holding a fund-raiser, called “All Jazzed up in the Park,” on Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm, at the Lions Park Amphitheater.

The event is free and donations are welcome. There will be live Jazz, a Food Truck, and puppies in a playpen.

" I would hope every employer would invite K9s-4-Mobility into their work place to help provide this training, because if we’re all more educated in this regard, then we’ll just be a better community, and wouldn’t that be great for our folks in Cheyenne living with disabilities,” said DeHoff.

K9s-4- Mobility is also looking for volunteers and puppy raisers but warned that puppies would be given back after 1 year to be trained for their assigned person with disabilities.

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