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WHEREAS, assistance dogs transform the lives of their human partners with physical, mental or emotional disabilities, and they serve as devoted partners, companions, helpers and friends; and

WHEREAS, assistance dogs include guide dogs, hearing alert dogs, service dogs and seizure alert/ response dogs which each perform a specific job; and

WHEREAS, guide dogs assist those with vision loss, leading these individuals while crossing streets, entering and exiting buildings, elevators and navigating stairs and other obstacles; and

WHEREAS, hearing assistance dogs help people with hearing loss by alerting them to the presence of specific sounds such as doorbells, telephones, crying babies, sirens, people, timers or sensors and alarms; and

WHEREAS, service dogs assist people with disabilities walking, balancing, dressing, retrieving and carrying items, opening doors and drawers, pushing buttons, pulling wheelchairs and aiding with household chores; and

WHEREAS, seizure alert/ response dogs alert or respond to medical conditions, such as seizures, epilepsy, dizziness, balance issues and chronic pain; and

WHEREAS, medical alert/medical response dogs alert or respond to oncoming medical conditions including heart attack, stroke, diabetes, epilepsy, panic attack, anxiety attack, and post-traumatic stress disorder; and

WHEREAS, International Assistance Dog Week provides an opportunity to commemorate and raise awareness of the selfless way assistance dogs help individuals throughout our communities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  August 6 - 12, 2017 as

 Assistance Dog Week in Nevada

 

 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval & Barbara Cegaske