APCA it’s a non profit association that trains Assistance Dogs for people with reduced mobility, diabetes, autism and epilepsy. To cure, there is a dog!
Once upon a time…
The story of Diana Niepce (30 years)
Professional dancer, Diana worked with companies in Finland, Netherlands and New York. A success story that was interrupted by a tragic episode. Eighteen months ago, during an aerobatic training, Diana fell from a trapeze. With zero probability of recovery, Diana reversed the outcome. Today moves in a wheelchair and has a very special help, Nina, the dog. Diana ensures that is your best friend and says "this fight gets to be quite lonely and people follow their lives, do not live for me. But she lives for me. And I live for her. She can save my life." Nina gives happiness that Diana thought he had lost. "Since the accident I did not remember being happy and it has been fantastic."
The story of Miguel (4 years)
"They are best friends. The purest friendship that can exist "says Miguel mother, a boy with autism from 18 months did not want to be touched, did not want to look in the eyes. Sinatra, the dog of Miguel, came to break down these barriers. It was hard to go to the hospital because Miguel did not allow anyone to touch/look him. The Sinatra changed this reality. Miguel is the only boy with autism in Portugal guided by an assistance dog. The Sinatra guides Miguel everywhere, without exception, even the hospital.
To cure, there is a dog!
This is the claim of the Portuguese Association of Assistance Dogs (APCA), founded in 2014 and only certifier association of assistance dogs in the area of Medical Dogs. We have a team of eight trainers, two veterinarians, two therapists and a psychologist.
We believe we can make a difference in people's lives by allowing rewriting stories, happy and hope, with the help of our best friends, dogs. And because the ambition and dreams command life, we believe that everyone, in so far as possible, will help make possible the dreams and needs of many. The happy endings make up the effort and dedication of our coaches and our friends of four feet. Please help us to build new stories.
In return for your help we offer what we do best: train and certify dogs to make a difference in the lives of people and dogs. A job that fills us with pride and will twinkle the eyes of those who need it most. This, with your help!
But what are assistance dogs and what they can do? A service dog is a dog that has been or is being trained as a guide dog (to help a blind person), dog for disabled person (to help mentally disabled person or persons with hearing difficulties) or service dog (dog who has been or is being trained to help people with physical or hormonal disabled).