Watch: “Each service dog costs us €15000 to train”

What exactly does a service dog do?

Newsbook.com.mt spoke to Service Dogs Malta Foundation’s founder Joseph Stafrace, who explained that a service dog is the key to independence for many people. Among others, they assist people with a hearing impairment, people on the autistic spectrum, people with diabetes and people who have mobility issues. They also do pet therapy.

The dogs are given free-of-charge to those who need them. Each dog costs them around €15,000 to train.

You may find out more about Service Dogs Malta Foundation and how to help them from their website or Facebook page.

This is Part 1 of a three-part series on Newsbook.com.mt. Part 2 will be online on Wednesday 23rd October 2019.