Putting our best paw forward for World Autism Awareness Month


          World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd kicked off Autism Awareness Month. As an Autism Charity our clients and supporters were out throughout April promoting awareness of not just our charity but Autism in general.

          As Autism awareness month comes to a close we take a look at some of the events held across the country.

          On April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day our volunteers were out in Kildare to promote awareness of the charity. Teams descended on Tesco Monread in Naas and Whitewater Shopping Centre in Newbridge to meet and greet shoppers and to promote the charity.








          25 brave Men and Women set off from Blarney to cycle 300KM to Bray over two days. The weather held and all cyclists arrived safely in Bray 48 hours later.

           An Autism family day at Red Mountain open farm in County Meath was a great

          success bringing kids and animals together in one place. The kids had a great time while the parents got a chance to relax.




          Brave is not the word to describe out three skydives who took to the sky’s to raise funds and awareness. A great day was had by all at the Irish Parachute Club in County Offaly .

          A few of our families in Wicklow got together and decided to make up some Easter Hampers to raise money for My Canine Companions.  The support they got was great from the local business in Greystones – they were more than generous.  All in all it was a great success and we also managed to raise awareness about the charity and the work we do.

          My Canine Companion and Irish Autism Action hosted a charity walk on Sunday April 21st on the Wicklow Way.  The hike over a mixed terrain is 26 kilometres.  On leaving Crone wood in Enniskerry it was wet and windy….  Thankfully arriving in Roundwood, it was sunny and we were welcomed with hot soup and sandwiches at a local bar. 60 people took part to help raise funds and create awareness.  It was a great day.

          Coffee mornings are always a great way of meeting people especially when you hold them in home town. The Muskerry Arms in Blarney kindly hosted a coffee morning on our behalf and a fabulous success.

          Education plays a vital role in the work we do so we never turn down an opportunity to visit schools and talk to the students and teachers about the role of assistance dogs and the work of our charity. Our volunteers visited Gael Scoil an Bhradain, Mornington, County Meath and brought along a few dogs.

          Because April is Autism Awareness Month is was so special to be able to introduce our ten newest pups to our puppy training programme. Litters G, H & I met their new families at our training centre in Blarney on April 24th. Pups Gizmo, Goofy, Gretel, Google, Hope, Heidi, Hansel, Indie, Izzie and Iggles met their new families before heading off to their new homes in various parts of the country.

          Assistance dog Jake meets the local Gardaí in Donegal.






          Assistance dog Fudge meets RTE personality Frank McNamara







          Assistance dog Eliza relaxes on the beach with her best buddy Scott.



          So as Autism Awareness month comes to a close we would like to thank all our clients and supporters who have worked so hard to promote our charity throughout the month. My Canine Companion receives no Government funding and relies solely on the fundraising efforts of our clients and supporters.