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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 500 highly trained Assistance Dogs providing support 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

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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!

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAROLINE loves working in the schools by helping kids with various disabilities! She does this through the support of Paws4People!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working at a juvenile detention center can be a very stressful job and a scary encounter for the youth that are detained. Being an animal lover I've always thought having a therapy dog at our facility, New Hanover JDC, would have a positive impact for everyone, but attaining the dog with all the certifications was going to be a challenge. God was working on my side when I was able to meet paws4people at a conference 2 years ago, and from there a weekly program began with the help of paws4people. Staff and kids learned about assistance dogs and how they helped their clients Our kids were also exposed to learning about giving back to others, compassion, and the responsibility of taking care of a dog. Watching smiles emerge from staff and kids, along with some laughter from interacting with the puppies and trained assistance dogs I knew we needed our very own dog for NHJDC. With the help of paws4people I was able to get SAYLOR who is now our facility dog, and the first therapy/crisis response dog to be placed in one of juvenile detention center's in NC. My experience with paws4people has been amazingly positive, and you truly become part of their family. I continue to have ongoing support from a client advocate, and my facility dog trainer, and EVERYONE IS ALWAYS SO NICE AND CARING. These folks truly care about transforming lives and making a difference for others. I will forever be grateful for receiving SAYLOR because she brings rays of sunshine to our facility with her happy bouncy demeanor. I've only had SAYLOR for about 2 months and in that time she's already making a difference. Thanks paws4people, you truly are a blessing.
Sincerely,
Sherry Cain, Center Supervisor NCDPS-New Hanover JDC

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NIKKI and I have been a paws4people team since 2008. I am a physical therapist and work in the public school system with children with disabilities. She and I have worked with many children motivating them to meet their IEP goals. We also work in our local hospital visiting patients. NIKKI is a wonderful dog who loves people and has impacted many lives. She is now nearing a well deserved retirement. I am grateful that paws4people gave me the opportunity to use this beautiful, well trained dog. Together we have touched so many lives. My life would not have been the same without NIKKI and paws4people.

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

paws4people changes lives! I am so excited to start my training with my Diabetes Alert Dog, BENSON! Having him will make my life so much better, and give me a sense of security I didn't have before!!!

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a client with p4p and bumped with my dog in July 2017. I am very thankful for all that they do and excited to begin our journey together. I look forward to hopefully volunteering with the puppies and giving back to this organization as much as I can in the coming years.

Client Served

Rating: 5

paws4people has not only saved my life, but enriched it. From the moment I became part of this organization, I also became part of the paws4people family. Before I was part of this experience, I was in an excruciatingly dark place. I was ready to give up on myself and on life. As a sort of last resort, I applied to receive one of paws4people's service dogs. I thought of it as just another treatment plan and I didn't give it much of a chance. I quickly realized that this organization is so much more than 'treatment'. It is unconditional love. It is patience and kindness. It is family. It is HOPE.

Caitlin11

Client Served

Rating: 5

My service dog from paws4people has saved my life so many times in so mamy ways. Also, the bonds between members of the paws4people family are something to be cherished.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization gave me a chance when no one else would. Although I fall outside paws4people's typical client model and about 30 other service dog organizations had refused to work with someone with my disability, paws4people decided to take a close look at my application to see if they could help. When they realized that they could, they matched me with the love of my life, an uber-fluffy golden retriever named AIRLIE.

Before I got AIRLIE I was slogging through college. I was hospitalized more than once and on more than one occasion my doctor seriously considered that I should drop out of school. After I got AIRLIE I walked the stage at graduation.

Before I got AIRLIE I could not leave my house because of the crowds. I bought everything I needed off Amazon and even had groceries delivered. Now, I was able to spend this past weekend celebrating a lifelong passion in a crowd of over 14,000 people.

In addition to the lifesaving service dog they provided, the staff of paws4people has created an organization that considers every service dog handler, every staff member, and every volunteer, to be family.

K9USMC66

Client Served

Rating: 5

My time paws4people has been absolutely amazing! My journey started with not being able to spend a full day with my grandchildren and becoming a non-social person. Through their family values and methods of training they have equipped me to spend full days with my grandchildren and not hide in my office.

If it wasn't for paws4people and the community they provide I would be lost today. Being paired with CUMBERLAND has made life much easier on me as well as those around me.

Tracey28

Client Served

Rating: 5

At 31 wks into my 3rd pregnancy I noticed a marked decrease in fetal movement. I went to the doctor thinking they would send me home and tell me everything was OK. On ultrasound it was obvious that the baby was in severe distress and had some abdominal distention- possibly a diaphragmatic hernia. His BPP only scored a 2. He was very near death and hadn't even been born yet. An emergency c-section was performed and a very sick little boy was born. His apgars were 0 & 4--not too promising. At 5 days old he was taken to surgery to remove his gangrenous small bowel. He was diagnosed with a midgut volvulus (developed in utero for no apparent reason). He lost approx. 60% of his sm bowel, had an illeostomy and also had a central line placed. During the first 2 weeks he also suffered 2 lung collapses and chest tubes and a grade 2 IVH. He was diagnosed with SBS, malabsorption, GERD, laryngomalacia, airway edema, sepsis, and failure to thrive. Later he was also diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency. Little did we know how long and hard his battle would be. At 6 mos. old and weighing 9lb 1oz he was finally released from the hospital and felt the sunshine on his face for the first time. The breeze took his breath away. At home with his family he began to thrive and grow in spite of all his problems and need for constant care. At 13mo he was diagnosed with severe to profound hearing loss for which he received a cochlear implant. He still requires 12hrs a day of enteral infusion feeds, many medications and constant care. He is progressing VERY WELL and God has been very GRACIOUS to us. He is 12 years old now and spite of it all he remains a happy boy with loads of personality and a smile to melt any heart. He is a true JOY and inspiration.
When Joshua was 6 yrs old he saw a Service Dog helping a blind handler. He asked me if a dog could help someone to hear. This led me on a search for an organization that would place a dog with a child...it lead me to paws4people! Josh was accepted into the program and we met MASON, the best Service Dog ever. We trained with MASON and brought him home in August of 2013. The past 3 years have been the best 3 years of Joshua's life with MASON by his side continually through each and every day and each and every clinic visit, hospital stay, and each procedure.
MASON is very highly trained and is not afraid of any situation we go through at the hospital or daily life. He does hearing and medical alerts for Joshua and goes with us everywhere. We always get compliments on how well behaved and well trained he is! Not all Service Dog organizations can compete with how well paws4people trains their dogs specifically for the individuals needs. This dog has totally changed daily life for our whole family, not just Joshua. The organization has a family approach to mending broken lives with their dogs. A life of medical complications, daily struggles, and deafness is certainly NOT what I wanted for my child, but paws4people and MASON have come to the rescue and brought an added measure of joy to this amazing little boy's life and we are forever grateful!

Allyson2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Paws4people has helped me slowly get pieces of my life back. With the help of my dog FLINT I have been able to live a more normal life. FLINT and I have been a team since September 2015 and he has been home with me since Feburary 2016 since then he has helped change my life. He gives me a reason to get up in the morning because I have to take care of him. He has also already helped me through some difficult times. Thanks paws4people!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was matched with CANYON in September of 2015. This dog has been such an amazing addition to our family. He helps mitigate emotional distress when his anxiety is heightened and negative behaviors begin. We are very grateful to be a part of such an amazing foundation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In December 2015 I met SALVI, a fun-loving black lab. SALVI will be able to provide assistance with retrieving items for me, helping me with dropped items and carrying things for me. SALVI will also help alert to anxiety and will assist with mobility when needed. SALVI will help improve my day to day quality of life. paws4people / paws4vets is the best!
R/ Rick & SALVI