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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Health, Human Services

Mission: My Angel with Paws is committed to expanding public understanding and knowledge of the needs of children and adults with physical disabilities through the breeding, training, placement and continuing education of service and therapy dogs.

Programs:

To implement our educational process for puppy raisers/trainers to teach the skills the service dog needs to achieve a successful partnership.

Ensure a smooth transfer between puppy raisers and clients by providing clients with educational visits and partner training.   

Develop and empower the relationship between the human partner and their service dog by providing on going support after placement and assisting with new skills as the needs of the clients change.

Provide information and educational services to groups and organizations to expand their knowledge and understanding of service and therapy dogs and how they meet the needs of children and adults living with disabilities in our communities..

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Really impressive dedication. What a beautiful organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started working with My Angel with Paws just over a year ago, August 2014 When I recived a service dog from the organization. I came to the organization looking for a dog that might help with the injuries I recived in the United States Marine Corps durning my several deployments to Afghanistan. What I got from the organization was not only a Angel with paws the word dog just isnt an accurate statment for my life compainion, but also a family and since of belonging to something bigger than myself and a group that saw me as a person not a man with a unifrom. Since that first meeting and after reciving my life compainion I have continued volunteer my time to the organization to give back to a group that have given me not only my viability and life back but has also taught me how to live.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My fiancee and I found my angel with paws through the V.A. and my fiancee was match with ford. Ford is a beautiful 3yr old golden retriever. Thanks to the whole team at m.a.w.p. ford has changed our life so much. My fiancee is a ret. Disable army vet that suffers from nightmares along ptsd and severe balance issues. Thanks to ford the anxiety and dreams are almost gone..ford is such an important part of our life I dont know what we would do without him and the awesome people at M.A.W.P. they dedicate their whole life to these dogs and we are eternally grateful.. thank you so much.

Sarah T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

5 years and 7 service dogs in training later, My Angel With Paws is everything I could have hoped for and more. The amount of time and work that goes into each dog and every person is amazing. It is even more amazing that everything is done by volunteers. The volunteers of this organization have the biggest hearts and souls around. My Angel With Paws is a great nonprofit but great doesn't even begin to cover how fantastic MAWP is.

Previous Stories
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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been apart of My Angel With Paws since 2009. In that time I have raised 4 dogs (about to start the 5th) for the program. Everyone I have met with volunteering has become like a second family to me. The amount of passion and love that everyone has is absolutely delightful. When I started, I wasn't exactly sure how our saying "Miracles, one angel at a time" worked. Now I fully believe in it. I have seen our dogs help so many people in so many different ways. It is life changing. This organization is truly a great one!

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1 David257

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with MAWP for only 2 months now and have seen some of the amazing things they do. They work hard to care for the dogs they work with but also strive to facilitate their volunteers as best possible. They understand the importance of their volunteers and their knowledge and always attempt to educate further.

1 Holly52

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the very first phone call to MAWP, I knew this was the service dog organization I wanted to work with.

They allowed me to go to classes while I was making up my mind whether to apply for a service dog. They always answered questions, and have been helpful and willing to take the time to share their knowledge.

After many months of sitting back and observing, I feel totally comfortable in my decision to apply. Not only that, I have decided to volunteer to help out. This is a top-notch organization with compassionate and dedicated personnel. They strive for excellence in everything they do. They care and it shows.

2 Pamela M H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

All the people associated with My Angel With Paws have been helpful, knowledgeable, compassionate and informed in my obtaining my forever friend, partner and service dog, Dora. Chris has a big heart and is an excellent dog trainer. She brings together a rewarding union between canine and client, bonding both into a working team. Since receiving my Labrador Retriever, Dora, I no longer am taking a back-seat in life. We go places, have a greater involvement in life and our confidence level is at an all time high. The experience associated with obtaining a service dog was one of the my most rewarding experiences. Since I became diagnosed with multiple autoimmune issues and disabilities over 10 years ago, I am more than happy. My Angel With Paws has help strengthened my ABILITIES! Thank You, MAWP!!

1 MyEdge

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Chris at My Angel with Paws about a year ago. I had been working with a rescue I had adopted from the animal shelter but he just wasn't working out for what I needed & Chris recognized that right away. Once I was introduced to Edge a beautiful Golden Retriever it wasn't long after that the journey began. It has completely changed my life! Since my brain surgery in 2005 I had become very insecure & very depressed. I had no desire to go out anywhere. I almost backed out because I did not think I would ever be able to go through with the Partner Training. But Chris & Titus were so understanding of my situation. With that experience & receiving my service dog Edge I now have the confidence & the desire to get out & go places. Edge is not only my balance~brace support, he is my forever companion. I can't say enough...thank them enough...for all they do! They are always there for continued support too!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first heard of MAWP while I was in the hospital recovering from a brain injury. MAWP is unlike any other organization, training and placing service dogs to people in need for no charge. It is a true service. They took the time to meet with me to not only determine which dog chooses me, but to educate me about what having a service dog entails and how it can change my life. That's exactly what Cricket, my service dog has done. Before I met Cricket, I could not walk on my own, nor did I have the confidence or sense of safety that she provides. It is now almost 2 years since I got a service dog and I not only returned to college, but I am pursuing a masters degree and now independently walking. I owe everything to MAWP, and I cannot thank them enough. I would not be where I am today without their support and my companion, Cricket.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my husband and I decided that a service dog may benefit him in his journey with Parkinson's Disease, I started researching. When we made this decision we were all in together on it, no matter which way it turned out. I did my research and sadly found that it takes 2 to 6 years to get a fully trained service dog. It was discouraging because my husband was already 75 years old. We didn't have time to wait. Then, in a Parkinson's Disease journal I found out that My Angel with Paws was presenting at their next monthly meeting. I attended and was extremely impressed by the presentation. I immediately checked out their website, printed the application and sent it off to his neurologist to complete his part. That took awhile of course and a little prodding from me to get him to complete it. As soon as that was done we finished the application and sent it to My Angel with Paws. Then the waiting began. I even considered rescueing a dog and training it myself. Actually on the day we received our approval from My Angel with Paws, we had scheduled to meet a yellow lab that might fit our needs. However, as soon as our approval came from MAWP I knew that was our road to begin this journey. My husband was chosen by a most wonderful dog. Half Labrador and half golden retriever. She was young and not fully trained. MAWP trained me how to train her. To say it was successful is an understatement. She has lived and learned with us now for 1 and 1/2 years. Though my husbands disease is sadly progressing, she learns something new everyday to help him. She just knows, I don't know how but it is beautiful. I know I have said a lot about the dog but there is also something beautiful in the way everyone is treated at MAWP. When we are there we can be comfortable with the fact the my husband has a progressive disease. We are all the same in that everyone there is dealing with problems. No one judges him to be different. We are totally comfortable with them. I know I have to end this so I will by saying a loving thank you to My Angel with Paws for changing our lives.