If you’re involved with any kind of business, why not think about displaying an ‘assistance dogs welcome’ sticker.
Hearing Dogs have done some research on the benefits their dogs can bring. Prior to getting a hearing dog, for example, 82% said their deafness made them feel lonely, 79% said they felt isolated, 71% felt stressed, 67% vulnerable, 59% depressed and in some cases even suicidal (14%).
But the simple introduction of a dog made so much difference. Then 92% felt more secure, 90% less stressed, 89% more approachable and 85% more able to cope.
But there still seems to be a lack of understanding out there about how important these, and other assistance dogs, are. 78% hearing dog recipients have been turned away from a service provider simply because they were accompanied by a hearing dog. Restaurants, cafes and taxis were the worst offenders.
This left over half feeling angered, while 45% felt discriminated against, 31% embarrassed and almost 20% tearful.
So let’s show some solidarity! Let’s display some stickers and help spread the word on how brilliant these dogs are!