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Assistance dog owners had a ‘pawfect’ day when we joined forces with a local centre for the blind to raise awareness of the vital role of these special canine helpers. Assistance dogs and their owners

Several owners and their dogs came to the event at Bromford’s retirement living scheme, Beacon Court,  located next to the Beacon Centre in Wolverhampton, to create awareness of the role of assistance dogs – as well as for cake and doggy treats – as part of International Assistance Dog Week.

There are 71 purpose built self-contained apartments for people aged 55 and over, primarily with a visual impairment, who currently live in the Dudley and Wolverhampton area. We work in partnership with the centre and have shared communal areas, including the restaurant and coffee bar.

With guide dog owners living at the scheme, the Beacon Centre wanted to celebrate dog assistance week and needed a space for their event. As we already have facilities to accommodate assistance dogs, our garden was the perfect location in which to hold the celebration.Assistance dogs and their owners with Deputy Mayor of Dudley

The Deputy Mayor of Dudley councillor Sue Greenaway was special guest together with husband and consort Desmond and is pictured with residents and visitors with their assistance dogs.

Scheme manager Rach Paskin, pictured below with Beacon Court residents David and Ray and assistance dog Jaypee,Guide dog and owners said: “The event was a fantastic way to celebrate the hard work and dedication the dogs show toward their companions; the assistance dogs are amazing and bring great joy to all residents living at Beacon Court.”