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Welcome Sabre !

As part of our community support, from the proceeds from the RE/MAX Sabre Realty Annual Charity Golf Tournament, there is an annual donation to the Autism Support Dogs of B.C. ( to help in the purchase and training of a service animal for children living with autism.

The Society has recognized the support by naming one of the newest service dogs – ‘Sabre’. He will be at RE/MAX Sabre Realty during the  next office meeting so we can meet him.

Autism Support Dogs is a registered not-for-profit organization that provides professionally trained support dogs for families with an autistic child, at no cost to the family. The organization was launched by sister charity British Columbia Guide Dog Services in 2008 in partnership with the Victor and Anna Kern Foundation, the Allen & Loreen Vandekerkhove Family Foundation, the Diamond Foundation, and Variety-The Children's Charity. The organization currently serves families living in British Columbia and Alberta. 

How do autism support dogs help children?

Just as no two children with Autism exhibit identical types of behavior, so too the benefits of each Autism Support Dog partnerships are unique.

Some of the benefits that can be experienced are:

  1. Increase safety for the child
  2. Control the child by commanding the dog
  3. Passively teaches the child responsibility
  4. Under the B.C. Guide Animal Act Autism Support Dogs enjoy the right of full public access
  5. Positive changes in behavior, lowers aggression/frustration levels with the child
  6. Comforts when upset
  7. Meet the needs of parents for a degree of predictability in social settings for the child and themselves.

It will help to bring independence not just for the children but also for their parents.

An autism support dog can allow the child to participate in education, social and leisure activities as the canine reduces the stress associated with interacting with other people and getting involved in social situations.

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