Diabetic Assistance Dog Volunteers

By deb@eenp Latest Reply 2008-09-27 13:38:04 -0500
Started 2008-09-05 04:03:15 -0500

Hello everyone,
I am the Program Director of a nonprofit (Eyes Ears Nose and Paws) that trains Diabetic Assistance Dogs who alert their handlers when blood sugars move outside of target ranges. We train the dogs using scent detection (in other words, the dogs use their noses).

I am in need of volunteers with Type I diabetes who are willing to collect scent samples for us to using in training. It's very simple to do —- wiping a gauze pad over your skin and putting it in a ziplock bag when taking a blood glucose reading. We provide the supplies and postage.

If you would be interested in volunteering, please contact me at deb@eenp.org small and I can provide more details and answer any questions.

Thanks for considering helping us with training —- and helping folks who receive our Diabetic Assistance Dogs!

13 replies

omasue 2008-09-20 05:04:05 -0500 Report

I have had many friends with service dogs—several for the blind and one friend who has her second helper dog. Keep up the good work. Dogs are used in many areas including for people that have seizures.

MidnightButterflyIris 2008-09-14 06:12:33 -0500 Report

i'm interested…
also.. hey can i get a free or discounted D4D out of it?

deb@eenp 2008-09-14 12:08:19 -0500 Report

As with all our volunteers, we can only give recognition and thanks for their help.

For anyone interested in being partnered with a Diabetic Assistance Dog from Eyes Ears Nose and Paws, please contact us directly. You can find us at eenp.org.

We have an application process and wait list. We charge on a sliding scale, based on income.

GabbyPA 2008-09-08 05:10:46 -0500 Report

This is so fantastic. I too, regretfully, am a type 2. But such a simple thing can help so much. I have been around service dogs a lot, and they are an asset to anyones life. This is one I had never heard of, but am greatly encouraged to see it in the works. Are there anyways that Type 2's can help?

deb@eenp 2008-09-14 11:41:10 -0500 Report

Right now we're focusing on Type I, but I'll keep folks posted if we expand!

GabbyPA 2008-09-14 11:52:45 -0500 Report

Okay, great. Keep us in mind. I know that there are a lot of us that would like to help in anyway we can. At one point I had applied to work with fostering seeing eye puppies, but I had two Danes and couldn't really devote the time they were going to need. (I was in the single career woman stage of life)LOL This sounds like a great program

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-09-05 10:20:53 -0500 Report

Hi, I had never heard of this program, till yesterday I was at my Dr. office and there was another Patient with a dog and she was explaining the program to me.Regretfully I am type 2 but I have to say I admire and respect what You are doing

deb@eenp 2008-09-08 02:42:51 -0500 Report

Thanks, Robert. I appreciate your encouragement —- it takes the support of many to get our dogs trained and ready for placement.

I appreciate the supportive feeling here at Diabetic Connect, and hope to add my bit of support where I can!