The story of Joey and Marilena
Joey was just a puppy when he was found in Paphos. He was taken by Paphos Municipal workers to the local kennels, where he spent a month before the animal welfare organisation Freedom Angels Animal Rescue took him into its care. He was subsequently adopted by a family but was returned a few months later.
Joey was 11 months old when Assistance Dogs Cyprus Training School chose him for training and to live with Marilena, who had approached the school after hearing about its work. Joey is now two years old.
Since December 2020, Joey and Marilena have become a family. At the same time, Joey continues to receive training from Assistance Dogs Cyprus at the home of Marilena, who participates actively in this.
Marilena is 26 years old and has suffered from epileptic seizures since she was a young girl. Her fear of a possible seizure limits her independence and autonomy, since it means that she always needs to be accompanied by someone else. She often finds herself isolated because she feels afraid, embarrassed and anxious at the thought of suffering a seizure in public. She also feels disappointed that, as a result of her condition, she has been deprived of the right to entertainment, a social life and communication. Now, with Joey in her life, thanks to his training and the communication between them, Marilena is gaining greater independence in her daily life and the way she functions and communicates is improving steadily.