Bringing Service Dogs to Cuba
A service dog is the key to independence for many disabled people. Beyond opening doors and flicking light switches, dogs offer companionship and emotional support. Since the service dog concept was founded by Bonita Bergin in 1975, the use of service dogs has spread around the United States and the world.
After visiting Cuba in 2011, Bergin University master student Davis Hawn, was inspired to bring service dogs to the people of Cuba. With the help of Beatriz de la Osa, a Bergin student from Cuba, the creation of the first Cuban Assistance Dog training facility is underway. It will be called The Booster Center, in honor of Hawn's yellow Labrador retriever, Booster.