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2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit

ANIMALS DESERVE BETTER INC dba Paws For Life USA

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Establish a Service, Assistance and Therapy Dog program for those who have disabilities. Establish a Humane Education Program to provide a better understanding of animals. Establish a Disaster Relief Program to provide temporary emergency care and shelter. Establish a Program to Reduce the Number of Animals being abandoned or sent to shelters and killed.

Target demographics: Those who have disabilities lead a better quality and independent life

Direct beneficiaries per year: 169 people a mix of children and adults with disabilities

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Paws for Life Service Dogs Therapy Dogs

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Paws for Life is a committed organization that pays close attention to each Team. I struggled with the idea of needing a Service Dog and recognized the need and the benefit of being paired. Kimberly was patient, encouraging and supportive as we discussed breed, size, and more. She paid attention to my needs and accommodated them regardless of how challenging that may have been. Since being teamed with my pup Kimberly had taught me how to work with my Service Dog. She has been available for questions of all sorts with kindness and clarity. Kimberly is one of the most committed people to the cause that tugs on her life every day. This does not look like a job but a calling in the way she cares for every Team. She arranges countless events, individual traing, group traing and leads us in how to engage in those environments and teach our dogs how to behave in every environment. She trains the dogs to pick up scents with each individual and task in different eays. She shows us how to correct behavior and how to recognize when our dog is alerting and tasking. Those in attendance are developing friendships and the dogs seem to know one another which is great to see. We enjoy being together and encouraging one another.

When I began the process of exploring organizations that met my need I found one that I could be matched with a 2 yr old dog within 6 months but the breed was not one that I desired. Another organization quoted 3 to 5 year waiting period and then there was Paws for Life. I was matched within 4 months and my pup and I began working together at 8 weeks of age. I didn't think I could do it and then with Kimberly's help saw that I could. My pup is doing so well. We continue to work through the challenges of puppyhood and grow closer together each day. There is a lot of work and commitment training. Kimberly as my Master Trainer makes it easier and it is rewarding. I am so glad I chose Paws for Life. I see my pup making progress each day an already at less than 9 months she is not only learning but working and helping me. If you are looking for a Service Dog for your needs or that of a loved one I recommend checking out Paws for Life. What you put into the training is what you will get out of it just like anything on life. Paws for Life is changing lives. I have watched dogs help their Team mate, I have heard from those who have had their dog for longer than I and how it has helped them. Having a Service Dog is such a critical need and as reasonable as Paws for Life is, the cost is beyond what those who are often unable to work able to pull together. Paws for Life works with their clients and any way that you too can support this organization and those in financial need I can assure you is going to a great cause. This organization is a place where lives are changed and as that life is changed it so positively impacts the person, their family, friends and society as a whole. Please consider supporting Paws for Life and all that they do and thank you to Kimberly and all the volunteers and supporters of this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kimberly has been a fantastic trainer! She helped me to get my anxious Belgian Malinois trained and focused on basic obedience, and to help me with my own anxiety by using my dog for deep pressure therapy. My dog has been much better around the house, and listens much better to commands. Highly recommend Paws for Life for Service and Therapy dog needs!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Every night when I go to bed I know that I am in safe hands with my service dog McKenzie at my feet. I use a CPAP and when ever there is a problem in the night she will get up move the mask until it is back in the right position and go right back and lie down at the end of the bed and watch me as I sleep. Thanks to the training McKenzie received at Paws For Life USA my life is so much easier including diabetic alert work. All volunteer non profit organization that truly works hard to make life matter.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Paws for Life USA, Animals Deserve Better for two years now. I have my Goldendoodle in training to become a registered therapy dog. It has become such a very important part of my life. I have learned so much about the interaction between the handler and their dog. I feel closer to my dog than I ever thought possible. I have witnessed the amazing things that service and therapy dogs can do. Kimberly Brenowitz is an excellent trainer and also a wonderful friend. The people and the dogs in our classes are like family. We all know how life changing our experiences are!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kimberly, is awesome! She's straightforward and teaches you what you need to know about working with your service dog. She, works with you as a group or on an individual basis. I've had the pleasure to do both. Kimberly, also does field trips with you and your dogs so that they can get out in the public and both you and your dog learn how to handle different environments. She's a very caring person who knows what it takes to train a dog to be a service dog. I've been working with Kimberly for about 2 1/2 yrs training my shelter dog to be a service dog to help me out in various areas of my life. My dog, Bear, started alerting me when he was 4 months old about my thyroid levels. I have no thyroid so when my levels are out of sync it can be either too much or too little thyroid medication. Bear, has learned lots of things from our classes with Kimberly. Some of the things we've learned together are to find me by my scent, open a handicap door, fetch a specific item and bring it to me, pickup an item and give it to me, identify color blocks by sight, heel, come, paws up, and lots more. Kimberly believes that you can teach your dog to do the basics and more for you as long as you keep training with your dog. I've recently taught Bear to take a piece of mail from me at the mailbox and bring it into the house and give it to me, he also can push open the door from my garage to the kitchen. Some things that Kimberly and I haven't trained him to do are alerting me like I said to my thyroid levels but also alerting me when my knees or other parts of my body are hurting by lightly touching the area of my body that is hurting, as well as comforting me when I'm sleeping and have pain or sleeping restlessly. In the latter case he usually puts his head on my shoulder, or waist until I'm relaxed. He's also awakened me to take my thyroid medication and he's also awakened me when he thinks I'm having too much pain and should take something to help relieve the pain. All of this and more has been through Kimberly's help. If I wasn't working with Kimberly on how to work and train Bear I wouldn't know what some of the things he does mean. I also understand that to work together helps create a bond that you can't get in 2 or 3 weeks with some other organizations that train service dogs. Based on what Kimberly has told us in class training our service dog is really all up to us and the sky's the limit in working and training our service dogs. I'm forever grateful to Kimberly for all that she has taught me and Bear and for all that she'll continue to teach us in the future. If anyone is looking for a highly trained trainer for service dogs, Kimberly, would be my choice hands down.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

To All Dog Handlers:
Paws For Life/Animals Deserve Better is a "Top-Choice" for individuals with special needs; This includes Military Veteran's too, and Master Trainer Kimberly Brenowitz has teamed with my service-dog "Lady Liberty" and I since the early spring of 2019; She has trained and helped us both so my service dog can overcome any challenge in an urban environment; Moreover, and now when we are in public settings full of noise and chaos, "Lady Liberty" shows discipline; Finally, and altogether, finding a dog-training regiment which works as well as a Nationally qualified training center can be a tedious process; However, I was blessed to have found Paws For Life/Animals Deserve Better with Master Trainer Kimberly Brenowitz (2019), and I recommend one to seek this place. Thank You

Very Respectfully:
George Humble "Doc" Corpsman USN/USMC Fleet Marine Force Medical Corpsman Veteran and Chaplain

1 Kevin B.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since my first contact with Kimberly, and Donna at Animals Deserve Better, I have been treated with care, and compassion.

This organization has changed my life by introducing me to Charlie, my noble companion, and seizure alert service dog.

ADB is a breath of fresh air in a challenging world dealing with health struggles.

Thank you, Animals Deserves Better!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2014 our daughter Callie was granted a wish by Make A Wish. They found Mrs Kimberly and Animals Deserve Better. Callies wish was to have a golden doodle service dog. Her wish was granted and Callie and Doodle Dandy started training with Mrs Kimberly.
She was always so helpful so upbeat so informative. The first time we met her she was so upbeat happy and eager to het to know callie and all her needs.
As we trained kimberly was so in tune with all that changed with Callie she always gave us amazing ways to work with doodle dandy for him to help callie. Many times I had to call and ask for advice from her and she always was eager to help. She even met us several times at the school to help us with things that we needed help with. We always went out into places where it was easy to train and in the places that we would be going on regular basis so we would know exactly how to handle our dogs. Like the mall festivals restaurants grocery stores other stores zoo parks etc. Mrs Kimberley was always very eager and willing to help us and always so happy. Her love for the animals and her students is amazing and beyond words. The love she shows and the hard work she does is amazing. She provided everything we needed and talked us through many situations. She also was always ready to meet us or come to where we were to help us. Callie our daughter is doing a film and Mrs Kimberly helped us with preparing to
Fly to Hollywood she helped us prepare to be on the shows and all our appointments when we were there. She is an amazing women with a huge heart for animals and for her students. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND using Mrs kimberly and Animals Deserve Better. She is amazing

1 Katalin C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We've had such a great experience with ADB and Kimberly is wonderful! We have a service dog through the organization (who was a perfect match to the needs on first try), and regularly attend training. ADB can help unfortunate dogs not only find homes, but continue to work with them in giving them a purpose through training into therapy-, emotional support-, or service animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first learned of ADB & met Kimberly when I wanted to find a dog for pet therapy. It was my desire to find and rescue a dog that had great potential to be a therapy dog. Kimberly & I worked together and ultimately I adopted a terrific dog that had been in a shelter twice. Kimberly's expertise to test & identify a dog with the right potential was key.
Unfortunately, the dog had been traumatized in the past by a dog or dogs so Kimberly taught me how to desenitize her fear of other dogs.
We have been together for 4 months and are still in the training process but are well on our way to achieving our certification as a therapy team.
I am grateful for the training & expertise and highy recommend ADP.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I reached out to Paws For Life USA to learn if I could benefit from having a service dog to assist me with a disability that I suffer with and could possibly alert to me prior to an attack to assist me in challenging situations. As soon as my application was submitted and approved, I was matched with Nala, a German Shepherd puppy. She was placed with me at 8 weeks old to begin our training journey to help give me back my independence. Our trainer is a caring, amazing woman with years of experience who has always been available whenever we have needed her, night or day, she has been right there. The training is like no other, we train everywhere you would think you and your dog would need or want to go together and then some. With Nala and the real life, out in the community, hands on training and guidance that we have received from Paws For Life USA I feel like a part of my life has been restored and I am forever grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kimberly Brenowitz of Animals Deserves Better is beyond dedicated to helping the lives of people with disabilities with the use of task based service dogs. Her understanding of both the human needs and her ability to work with the dogs is amazing. In my experience thru the years of classes i was a part of she has trained dogs to do amazing things for their handlers. In my training with my dog alone i saw her work with all kinds of disabilities- people who were paralyzed, people with MS, Autism, PTSD to name just a few. She works with both handler and dog to build a strong bond and her dedication doesn't leave after the dog is trained. Truly a special and unique organization.