A tail of two Gallens

Mar 12, 2018

We have just named one of the adorable new male pups entering our training program in honour of legendary Cronulla Sharks’ captain Paul Gallen’s contributions to Sutherland Shire. Gallen (the pup) is just about to embark on a journey to become a life-transforming Assistance Dog of the future.

For many years, the two iconic Sutherland Shire-based organisations have supported one another. The Sharks With Heart program is a wonderful initiative of this respected NRL club and its work within the local community achieves amazing results. Much like our pups…

Paul Gallen laughs, “It’s not often you get asked if you’d like to have a dog named after you. But this little fella has the makings of something very special. I hope he’ll go on to change someone’s life.”

Bestowing this little chocolate Lab with the name of their captain is a much-appreciated gesture of The Sharks and Paul Gallen’s goodwill, and encouragement of our work and the amazing results our dogs go on to achieve.

The Club’s involvement with the pup Gallen will continue with regular updates on his journey and career path. And hopefully one day, we’ll see the Sharks’ lock and icon of the game perform the official handover of Gallen as a fully qualified Assistance Dog to a future client.

CEO Richard Lord says, “From pint-sized to Gallen. This little pup will have a lot of learning ahead before he’s truly earned his name. But he’s already showing fantastic potential.”

We think both Gallens are destined to leave a lasting contribution to the world they inhabit.

It costs over $60,000 to train and place an Assistance Dog.

Your donation helps cover training, vaccinations and equipment for an Assistance Dog, who is given to a client free of charge.

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