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Paws4People, Inc.

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Causes: Animal Training, Animals, Crime & Law, Military & Veterans Organizations, Public & Societal Benefit, Rehabilitation Services for Offenders, Veterans

Mission: Educating and empowering people to utilize Assistance Dogs to transform their lives.

Results: paws4people has more than 600 highly trained Assistance Dogs, Facility Dogs, and Emotional Support Dogs in areas such as mobility and psychiatric service, educational and rehabilitative assistance, and social therapy. Together, these Dogs have made more than 1,000,000 therapeutic contacts.

Target demographics: Veterans, Service Members, and their dependents, and civilians (children, adolescents, and adults) with physical, neurological,psychiatric, or emotional disabilities.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: The paws4vets Assistance Dog Placement Program places Medical Alert Assistance Dogs-Psychiatric, Mobility Assistance Dogs ,and Specialized Partner Dogs with Veterans, Service Members, and military dependents living with physical, neurological, psychiatric, or emotional disabilities.

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 John Greg F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

paws4people and paws4vets for me has been a life-saving Foundation. They have went beyond all of my expectations to provide all the support I could possibly need. They bend over backwards to help any and all clients involved in their programs. They never give up on an individual. Their Annual re-certification program puts them head and shoulders above all the rest. I have been part of a team with my dog MERCER since 2015. paws4people and paws4vets saved my life by helping me. They have helped hundreds of people both veterans, civilians, first responders and others. They are on a different level all to themselves by the support they provide their service dogs, clients, and all invoolved.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was in the Assistance Dog Training Program at UNCW. Through her I witnessed first hand how the paws4people Assistance Dogs transform lives. I was so impressed with this non-profit that I applied for a Facility Dog to work with me in my dental office. I am now in training with my Facility Dog, ATKINS. All the staff that I work with at paws4people are great at what they do! In my opinion the paws4people mission to be the best in the industry has already been achieved. Their love for their dogs and for the people whose lives they are helping transform is evident in every aspect of the organization!

1 Tanner Leigh H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

paws4people saved my life. LITERALLY. What’s even more remarkable is that paws4people didn't just save my life. They’ve saved hundreds of lives and they continue giving people their lives back - one Assistance Dog at a time. This organization all began with a 12-year-old girl's vision: to use dogs as a means of helping people through empowerment and transformation. This vision became a reality in the form of paws4people foundation.

paws4people foundation is a non-profit organization that raises, trains, and places Assistance Dogs with children, veterans, military dependents, and civilians living with disabilities at NO COST. Yes, that's correct; this organization provides highly-trained, specifically-individualized Assistance Dogs, worth over $60,000 each at NO COST to individuals in need. This is the definition of selfless giving. I believe that this organization truly exemplifies what a great non-profit is comprised of: a FAMILY-LIKE group of UNDERSTANDING individuals who are WHOLE-HEARTEDLY, DEDICATED TO SAVING LIVES OF THOSE IN NEED.

Personally, paws4people has provided me with a very special Psychiatric Medical Alert Assistance Dog named BRODIE, in an effort to help me control, mitigate, and regulate various symptoms caused by my Psychiatric diagnoses. Through BRODIE, this foundation has given me a constant companion, a sense of security, and a new found purpose. paws4people hasn’t just handed me a dog and said “good luck with the future!” This organization has provided me an irreplaceable gift…A MIRACLE - the will to live. paws4people has given me LIFE, with nothing more than a sincere “thank you” appreciated in return. There are no words to describe just how much of a difference paws4people has made in my life and many others in our community, nor could I ever find words worthy enough to thank this organization for giving me my life back.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When an organization consistently reaches out and changes lives, they set themselves apart from the "herd" of those companies whose talk is pretty, but their results are cheap. paws4people has been an answer to prayer for me and my family. Every client I've me over the last year has the same testimony. Their singular focus on helping those of us with PTSF and disabilities is an answer to prayer. We all know that the staff is focused on clients healing, because we see it every time we speak to them. A dedicated management team makes sure every penny of donation goes to caring for a veteran or a person with a disability. I'm pleased to tell folks that I'm a client and a volunteer with an organization that changes lives every day.

2 jumpmaster4276

Client Served

Rating: 5

paws4people is the best medication for a Veteran dealing with PTSD and a TBI. This Veteran
had been through different kinds of therapy for PTSD and the interventions did help. However, there was still something missing. I really did think about it, talked to my wife about it, and prayed about it too.
I was selected to get a service dog and participated in some intensive training. I did my story board with my service dog and the bonding began. paws4people supported me, and helped my face my demons, nightmares, and negative thoughts. This agency is the real deal, what they teach and encourage, it works. I am very thankful to have paws4people in my life and they are family. Thank you, paws4people.

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1

Client Served

Rating: 5

paws4vets is a awesome organization
for Veterans, people with disabilities, and individuals who have Type One Diabetes too. This organization has made my life better in ways no other medication or counseling could have.
There are more Veterans out there who need this of kind of healing to move forward in life.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received a Certified Education Assisted Facility Dog in June 2017 to work at my preschool. In just her first year there I have seen how much COLLIER has impacted the students and families here. Her presence helps create a sense of calm and routine as each child knows they will be greeted by her at the door. She has helped children work through anxiety and fears when parents drop off. She is also crucial in helping us teach about feelings and empathy. I can't say enough great things about paws4people and their dogs!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with paws4people has been awesome. I have started a new journey that I never knew existed. I would never have thought that I would have people helping me that didn't even know me. These people actually care about helping people get their lives back and on the road to recovery. I will forever be greatful and do my best to give back to them to help save other Veterans from traveling down a dead end path that no one comes back from.
Thank you paws4people for caring and for introducing me to DELLA.
Sincerely, mark

2 Richard F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

What is paws4people, paws is an amazing organization that saves lives and restores independence to clients. My experience has been nothing short of miraculous. After 20 years in the Marines my experiences were vast and to me left no scars or marks. However, after about 5 years in retirement I found myself becoming a recluse and distant from my family. This was extremely bothersome to me but I could stop. Noise and nightmares began and I just could get rest I was becoming more restless. I couldn't be around my grandchildren for extended amounts of time. I also battled shaking hands after church which may not bother some, it bothered me because I am the pastor.

In Febuary 2017, I bumped with CUMBERLAND and it was instantaneous how we clicked and seemed to bond. As we began going through the process of training we only grew closer together as a team as well as with other clients. Through more training you also find a support group and friends that can aid you through your post traumatic growth. What was the result being able sit with my grandchildren once again, being the pastor to my church that I aspired to be. Finding a true safe place to share feelings and it doesn't ever leave CUMBERLAND. CUMBERLAND provided a way for one of my one of my grandsons diagnosed autism to jump in my lap and say for the first time on his own, I love you papa and CUMBERLAND! It brought me to tears my grandson was 9 years old and non-verbal.

What is my experience with paws4people they have brought peace to a storm that was only getting crazier. Did they save my life, yes without a doubt!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

If I could give 100 stars I would.

My paws4people Service Dog MORGAN has given me my freedom back by giving me the ability and confidence to go out in public knowing I have my battle buddy with me. MORGAN provides mobility assistance for me which allows me to better contribute to my household. I also know that if I fall she will get my wife for me. Furthermore, she retreaves and carries articles for me when I am unable to such as my cane, groceries, her leash, helps me undress by removing my socks, pulling off my pants, etc., and puts them in the dirty close. She also turns on lights and opens doors for me.

When paws4people says they save lives, that is exactly what they mean, they save lies EVERYDAY! This organization is truly god sent and a tightnit family.

1 p4pvet

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have connected my husband with a great friend, his dog, BOAZ. He has enabled him to go back out into the world; to get out of the house and to enjoy some of the things he use to before his accident. Also paws4people/paws4vets is more than an organization, they are a family...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They are more than an organization, they are a wonderful supportive family. From the first day, each contact was sincere and informative. I have TBI and PTSD. With my first meeting, they paired me with another vet who had my back. He reassured me throughout the day that everything was alright and told me how my life was about to change for the better. That day I got to meet BOAZ! It was a day I'll never forget. Thank you so much paws4people!

Alexa M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

paws4people is an amazing non-profit! I discovered this organization through the Service Dog Training Program classes offered at UNCW in 2015, and I absolutely fell in love! Since then I have stayed actively involved in this organization. I strongly believe in the mission, and the positive impacts their dogs have on so many people's lives. I have personally been touched by not only the dogs, but the people involved in this organization. paws4people makes everyone feel like family, and they are always there to support anyone in need. All in all, paws4people does outstanding work for the community and all people involved by educating everyone on the amazing things that service dogs can do, and by placing highly trained service dogs with so many people in need!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

paws4people is an amazing organization that has changed my life in so many ways. I first became interested in volunteering with paws4people because they helped individuals with developmental disabilities such as autism. As a recreation therapy major the UNCW SDTP was the best of both worlds for me. After volunteering with the puppies and in the SDTP for about 2 years I suffered an accident that has left me with physical mobility issues. Without missing a beat paws4people staff wrapped me in their arms and bumped me with an amazing dog WALLIS. WALLIS has made my life so complete. He is always right there to pick up things I have dropped, bracing so I am able to get up and uses the "go alert" command to get someone if I have fallen at home or in public. He has put my world back together when I never thought I could be whole again. The paws4people staff, especially Kyria Henry, are wonderful. They are so supportive and are always there to hold you up and make you feel like part of a family. I don't know where I would be without this amazing organization!!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I began training with FRANKLIN as of December 2018. FRANKLIN is a Facility Crisis Response Dog that provides therapeutic interventions and de-stressing. I’m a police officer ( Officer Ray Rodriguez) with the UNC Chapel Hill Police Department Community Service Unit. FRANKLIN and I passed our first test in April 2018. As of April 2018 I was able to take FRANKLIN home and begin working with him. In the past 11 weeks FRANKLIN has been involved in 10 therapeutic interventions. These are students, faculty or staff in crisis that FRANKLIN was able to calm, help think clearly and heal the human spirit. It’s been such a pleasure to watch FRANKLIN working to reduce stress, calm the human spirit and provide interventions. FRANKLIN and I have had contact with over two thousand people individually or in a group setting on or off campus at de-distressing events, day care centers , pre schools, community events, boyscout meetings and other events. Everywhere FRANKLIN goes he touches someones heart. paws4people provided this dog to me to enhance my daily work experience at no cost to me, the UNC Chapel Hill Police Department or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. paws4people provided me with a support group to include a trainer, an advocate and some of the best training I’ve been involved in. My personal life and career have been enhanced because of my relationship with paws4people. I envision the relationship between paws4people and law enforcement expanding because of bridges built between law enforcement and the community they serve. I’ve been a police officer most my with local law enforcement, state law enforcement and now in a University setting. Working with paws4people and FRANKLIN has truly been the most gratifying part of my law enforcement career. I’ve have never touched so many lives in such a short period of time. I look forward to a continued partnership with FRANKLIN and paws4people.
Officer Ray Rodriguez
UNC Police Department

2 Jeff H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

paws4people has changed my life! I was suicidal, depressed and could not function. paws4people came in and guided me on the path to happiness. I was matched with BLU and my entire world changed forever. I am now able to begin living the happy life that I so much yearned for. A fantastic organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Paws for People helped us train our puppy to be a diabetic alert dog for our son Christopher. It was hard work but our trainer was amazing!!! It took about a year and a half and so worth the time and effort. Our Sugar has saved Christopher so many times!!! They have such a special bond. Besides alerting Christopher during the day Sugar has woken us up in the middle of the night several times to alert us of low blood sugars.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

paws4people is an amazing foundation and I will forever be grateful for having met them. They dedicate countless hours and energy to help both myself and the other clients. Questions are answered in a timely manner and all staff is wonderful. From the first day I met them via communication and in person, they have done everything possible to help me feel welcome and cared about; I cannot wait to see how much they grow, they're destined for great things. This foundation is the top of its class, creating new pathways for success in the Assistance Dog world and in their community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization, Provides Service Dogs to Vets with PTSD and TBA also provides dogs in other areas of people needing assistance.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

A totally unique service dog organization. Most organizations just give you a dog and say good luck. This one makes sure you are getting the most help out of your dog. It totally changed my life and makes my independence possible!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have always wanted to incorporate a dog into our daily preschool activities. Receiving COLLIER from paws4people has been an amazing gift that enhances our program. The children are learning about caring for an animal, what service dogs do in our community, and many other valuable lessons. COLLIER puts anxious children at ease and motivates children to try new skills. She also encourages the development of empathy, cultivates cooperation, and helps children learn to identify feelings. The children also learn about caring and sharing as we host fundraising events for the paws4people organization. I can not even put into words all the positive ways paws4people is impacting the students at Jenkins Preschool Academy with the gift of our Faciity Dog, COLLIER.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

paws4vets has saved my life and I trust in them completely. Highly recommended organization