Parliament puppies visit delights Bradley and McKevitt

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Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Local MLAs Karen McKevitt and Dominic Bradley welcomed a possey of puppies to Parliament Buildings at Stormont this week to give support to a new charity providing trained Assistance Dogs for people with a physical disability and for children with Autism.

Getting to know Karen and Dominic are some of the new pups. Also pictured are members of Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland

Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland (ADNI) has recently acquired its first five puppies. The pups are currently living with their foster families while they undergo an intensive training programme over the next fifteen months after which they will join their new families as working companions

The pups will work to ‘connect’ with children who have Autism to keep them safe and calm and carry out practical tasks for people with a physical disability.

ADNI is the first such Charity in Northern Ireland bringing together professional dog trainers, individuals living with disability and voluntary sector organisations to bring hope and companionship, reducing isolation and improving independence.

For more information on Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland, including information on the foster family programme and how you can make a donation, visit our website at

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