My husband is a wounded warrior...he lost a leg in Afghanistan and struggled with a lot before we got in touch with PawPADs a couple years ago. We were eventually partnered with Barkley just over six months later. Barkley is a dog who was rescued from a shelter and trained in a prison by PawPADs. Barkley changed our lives. There is not a piece of medical equipment on the planet that can do what this dog does for my husband. Barkley has given him a best friend and companion to share not only his struggles and hard times but his successes too. PawPADs has given us something we hadn't had in a few years and that's encouragement. Barkley can turn on the lights and pick things up but the best thing he does is watch out for and take care of my husband. The support we have received from PawPADs is beyond anything we have ever known. This is a nonprofit that is not only changing lives but changing the world while helping wounded warriors like my husband. I would give them more stars if I could.
I became a donor for PawPADs because it is deeply committed and true to its mission. I first met some of their volunteers when I was shopping at a "Chuck and Don's" pet food store here Minnesota and then leanred more in-depth by going to one of their information meetings. The compassion and joy that's obvious in everyone I met moves me every time. They truly make a difference in the lives of the families they serve.
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A great organization to donate to or volunteer for. I've met some of the people who had paw Pads dogs given to them and it's sort of a miracle how their lives have been changed. They're very concious of your donation and don't waste it on anything. I love them.
One of the best service dog organizations around. Minnesota is lucky to have them! They do it the right way. Everyone there - the staff and volunteers - work tirelessly every day to find, train, love and prepare dogs for a life of changing lives! They take the time to make sure every dog in physically and mentally prepared to go out to a loving home so they can make a difference in the life of a disabled person. I've been donating to them for several years now and have attended their "graduations" and have seen first hand the results. A fantastic organization full of compassionate, caring people. I’d give them 5 Stars but I want them to work even harder! ;o)
We will be working towards that "5 Star" review! Your generosity and good will inspires us and your confidence encourages us! Your support demonstrates a great American virtue: the spirit of charity. We appreciate support in any manner and amount, 'cuz it takes a lot to keep our programs running and get our dogs placed with persons with disabilities. We cannot say "thank you" enough.
Wow, what an organization! PawPADS has touched so many in the community and we are happy to be a contributor to this fabulous organization. Both Randy and Linda share their devotion, commitment, and hardwork for getting dogs in the hands on those who need it most. It's amazing seeing what how two people and several dogs can create a large community of supporters. We love PawPADS and enjoy their continuous growth and movement.
Your confidence in PawPADs encourages and inspires us! We appreciate your feedback and encouragement. Your support demonstrates the American spirit of generosity...Thank you! Dog bless!
My name is Chris Barncard and with the help of service dogs and Xcel Energy voluntary employee contributions, veterans can receive the therapy they need to focus on positive interactions. Recently, General Counsel’s Legal Services Engagement Committee ran a campaign to raise donations from its employees to engage with and support Xcel Energy’s commitment to helping our armed services veterans.
The campaign started with an in-house presentation of the Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs (PawPADS) program on Aug. 11, 2014, with the campaign ending on Sept. 11, 2014, commemorative of this significant date in U.S. history. Co-founders Linda Ball and Randy Patrick, along with two of their dogs in training, Breezy and Coco, came to Xcel Energy to give a presentation of their nonprofit organization through videos, demonstrations from the dogs, and by providing information of all of their programs and taking questions from the employees who attended the presentation.
The Legal Services Engagement Committee’s goal was to reach $1,000 of donations, as well as to use Xcel Energy’s “Matching Gifts” program. The Legal Services committee not only reached its goal, but went over it. With the generous donations of $1,095 and $800.00 in matching gifts, a total of $1,895 was raised for this worthwhile organization.
As the initiator of this campaign, I would love to encourage other corporations, companies, families etc. to organize a fund raiser as we did in our Legal Services Department at Xcel Energy, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN. Linda Ball, Randy Patrick, Patrick Ziegler and their dogs are a wonderful visual for potential voluntary donors to educate themselves of this amazing organiziation through visuals, listening, education and an open forum for questions. PawPADS and their founders (and dogs) are amazing and I highly recommend supporting our armed services veterans and these beautiful, intelligent and amazing dogs who provide such the help and companionship needed.
Your confidence in PawPADs encourages and inspires us, Chris! We appreciate your enthusiasm and encouragement. Your efforts and the support of you and your Xcel Energy colleagues demonstrates the very true American spirit of generosity and hope...Thank you! Dog bless!
This is a wonderful organization that is helping dogs and people alike. They are providing a great service to our state by training dogs to be able to help people with disabilities, veterans and people with diabetes! They are also helping our state by having their dogs be trained by prisoners throughout the state. Prisoners benefit greatly from this experience and it helps them to become better citizens!
I'm a special education teacher in the south metro and our program at school has had PawPADs come into our classroom to work with our students for the last 3 years. PawPADS volunteers haul the dogs to our school where they instruct our students with mental health conditions and behavior disorders on training these beauties to some day assist others with disabilities. We have assisted in training dogs that have been placed with Veterans, children with diabetes, and others with physical impairments.
As you can imagine, "dog day" is one of the favorite days of the week in our building. I could tell stories of how students have had terrible days, until the dog enters the room. The unconditional love of these pooches and how they change attitudes, demeanors and feelings is indescribable. The lessons our students have learned about training, has been transfered to how to treat people, learn patience, persistance, increase self-esteem, and self-control. I hope we can continue to keep this organization around for a very long time, so we can sustain our training in helping others in our communities....SS- Lakeville
My husband and I have been involved with PawPads since their beginning in Minnesota. We have seen this organization grow and develop programs that are helping so many people in the community. We are proud donors and feel blessed to support such an outstanding organization.
Your generosity and good will inspires us! Your confidence in PawPADs encourages us! Your husband and yourself are truly making a difference in people's lives - as our dogs make their ways into service with those with disabilities. Your support demonstrates a great American virtue: the spirit of charity. We at PawPADs appreciate support in any manner and amount, as it takes a lot of resources to keep our programs running and get our dogs placed with persons with disabilities. We cannot offer enough "thanks"!
AS the MN ESA (Epsilon Sigma Alpha) State Philanthropic Chair for PawPADs two years running, I can say that I LOVE this amazing organization! The phrase, "To utilize the power of the human-canine bond as a therapeutic, educational, healing tool" resonates with me immensely. I have seen how a person is impacted when matched up with a service dog trained by this organization and the impact is immeasurable! Their prison service dog training program is a Godsend!
Your generosity and good will inspires us! Your confidence in PawPADs encourages us! Your support demonstrates a great American virtue: the spirit of charity. We at PawPADs appreciate support in any manner and amount, as it takes a lot of resources to keep our programs running and get our dogs placed with persons with disabilities. We cannot say "thank you" enough. We are looking forward to another wonderful year of working with ESA and you and another successful "Going to the Dogs!" event on March 24th, 2013. We will be working toward a "5 Star" review!