Cub Scouts Help the Helpers

West Side's Cub Scout Pack 91 had the opportunity to meet General, a service dog from The Ability Center of Greater Toledo, and made fleece blankets and tugs for assistance animals for their Spring Service Project.
Scouts were delighted to learn about the Ability Center's Assistance Dog Program during a presentation by its Client Services Manager, Jenny Barlos. The program helps individuals with disabilities achieve greater independence by training and placing service and therapy dogs to assist with the individual’s daily needs. 

General, a four-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, demonstrated his obedience, knowledge of commands, and special skills that service dogs use to assist and help their owners. The scouts learned that it takes a lot of work and training to prepare an assistance dog for placement. 

The following week, the scouts worked on fleece blankets and "tugs," looped ropes used for opening and closing doors as well as pulling heavy objects for their owners. Our youngest scouts learned their first knots by tying the blankets together and the older scouts learned how to braid and securely knot the tugs. 

Thank you to Jenny, General, and the Ability Center for teaching our scouts about the important work your organization does for our community!

Learn more about the Ability Center's Assistance Dogs Program.