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Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs (PawPADs)

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Causes: Animal Training, Animals, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Health, Human Services, Rehabilitative Care

Mission: To enrich the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with exceptionally skilled assistance dogs; To utilize the power of the human-canine bond as a therapeutic, educational, healing tool.

Results: Our prison programs are highly praised by corrections staff and inmates for bringing a sense of hope, responsibility, and work-ethic to their lives; allowing them to give rather than take. We've placed our diabetic alert dogs with families and veterans and service dogs with veterans homes and persons with disbalities.

Target demographics: All persons with physical mobility disabilites, Type 1 and 2 diabetes, Veterans experiencing PTSD, at risk youth, federal prison inmates.

Geographic areas served: MN, WI, IO

Programs: Prison Road Puppies (Service dogs servin' time - inmates training service dogs) Project YES! (At-risk youth training service dogs while learning responsibility and leadership) SIT Program (In-training service dogs interact with developmentally disabled children and adults). Paw Corps (The dogs that come when called for the veterans who went when asked - veterans struggling with PTSD and reintegration issues train service dogs for veterans with physical disabilities).

Community Stories

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Comments ( 1 )

Randy Your confidence in PawPADs encourages and inspires us! The very real-life challenges faced by Calvin and yourself are humbling. We appreciate your feedback and encouragement...Thank you! You both are inspirational role models for wounded warriors and the families that support them. Dog bless!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of witnessing the amazing work that PawPADs has done with their dogs they have placed. The difference that the dogs make in the lives of individuals is amazing! We are blessed to have this organization in our community.

Andre' C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was invited to join PawPADS board of directors. It's been a very uplifting experience along with being very informative. PawPADS is One of the best service dog/nonprofit that is out there. Prior to getting my dog I researched all of the service dog agencies and PawPADSrose above all the others

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My diabetic alert dog Sage is doing so wonderful. I have had him for less than one year and my A-1 C has gone down 1.2 points which is miraculous for me. He has learned to go and get my meter and bring it to me wherever I am, he fits in great at work, great out in the public and fits in with the family like he has always been here. I can't say enough to PawPADs then THANK YOU so so much for Sage
he is a wonderful wonderful boy Who for exceeds my expectations helping me with my diabetes.
Andre' A. Coleman

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Randy 04/05/2015

Your confidence in PawPADs encourages and inspires us! We truly appreciate your feedback and encouragement. Your commitment demonstrates the true American value of hope and pawsitive outlook...Thank you! Dog bless!

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YHemze

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a long term volunteer and current Board President I can't say enough good things about this fantastic organization. I have had the great pleasure to see just how this organization changes lives through their innovative programs, as well as the clients with whom our dogs are ultimately placed. PawPADs has touched so many lives in so many different ways thanks to the leadership and vision of Executive Director, Linda Ball. I am proud to be part of an organization that strives to make the lives of others better, four paws at a time.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with PawPADs since 2011 and I am in my 2nd year as a member of the Board of Directors. I have had the great pleasure to see just how this organization changes lives through their many programs, some of which including working with veterans and youth at risk, as well as the clients with whom our dogs are ultimately placed.

PawPADs has touched so many lives in so many different ways thanks to the leadership and vision of Executive Director, Linda Ball.

I am so proud to be part of an organization that strives to make the lives of others better, four paws at a time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer at PawPADs a little over 2 years ago. I was really interested in helping out at a service dog organization. There were a few to choose from in the area, but PawPADs' unique mission stood out to me. The concept of using the training process to benefit people, (of course, in addition to the end goal of placing service dogs) immediately drew me to the organization. In the 2-3 years the dogs spend in training, they have the power to change a lot of lives. I love that PawPADs recognizes that, and strives to build programs to support that concept. I even had the opportunity to participate in their University program, ADEPT. The program changed my life in ways I couldn't imagine. Additionally, it allowed me to reach out and participate in activities that reached even more people.

Marcin M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PawPADs has been changing lives of their clients for more than a decade. From army veterans to children with diabetes. The dogs they train are life changers enabling independence and freedom. Their client stories are heartwarming and bring tears to everyone who has the privilege of supporting this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer/unpaid intern with PawPADs, I love the experience that I get from working with their dogs. I have learned so much about myself and how to train dogs that I could not gain from any other place. These dogs have taught me so much that words can't even describe. Being a part of the process of taking a dog from puppyhood all the way through to placement with a client has been a gratifying and amazing process to be a part of! This organization is a truly amazin organization to be a part of and I feel honored to work with Linda and her dogs to help change people's lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the wonderful experience of working with PawPads through their ADEPT internship at my university. Their organization is truly changing the lives of their clients. Through the amazing internship at my University I am learning how to handle and train the dogs as well as practicing valuable skills like adaptability, flexibility, and versatility, all useful skills for my future career.

Madison M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PawPads is an amazing organization that I have had the pleasure of working with for the past year. I am an intern in their ADEPT internship program at the Univeristy of Wisconsin- River Falls. Throughout this we learn how to train these amazing service dogs, communication skills, about laws, and about all these animals do for society. I am so thankful to be apart of this wonderful team and organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be involved with such an amazing organization doing such amazing work! PawPADs has touched so many lives and I would highly recommend PawPADs as the non-profit of choice for anyone looking to donate to a worth while organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization and great people. The dogs make a difference for so many people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Compassion, love and kindness is what I would describe PawPads. I wanted to join a community of volunteers that made a difference. I sure found that with PawPads, I've been volunteering for Pawpads for approximately 10 years and I've learned so much. Not only from the dogs but the humans that love and cherish them as well. It's not about numbers here, it really is about the dogs and it's not work.it's pretty much play time most of the time ;). To the in depth four hour volunteer training program and the placement of assistance dogs their is always compassion, love and kindness. We're not just an organization we are family!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paw Pads is an amazing program that can help people and animals in ways I never thought were possible. Not only do they provide the training and love for the assistance dogs they also provide a loving home or environment for other animals that may not have gotten a second chance. From "grandpa" the rescue dog that was to old to find a home in a rescue to the new miniature horse that they saved last minute they have so much love and care to give as an organization.
The dogs they train to be service dogs are the most well behaved, loving, and smart dogs I have had to privilege to meet. They can do things that I never thought an animal would be able to do. PAW Pads is really an outstanding organizations going above and beyond to give back to the community and the people/animals they help!

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Donor

Rating: 4

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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Donor

Rating: 4

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi. We all know that dogs have special powers over the humans! PawPADs has tapped into this for a wonderful community service to help others. It's been a really joyful experience to watch the dog my child works with in the "yes" school program help him gain confidence and faith in what he can do. PawPADs is a kind, joyful organization and I am grateful for what they've done for us.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was truly humbled to be welcomed as a Board Member for this great organization, PawPADs. PawPADs holistic methodology in the process of training, educating the public and thorough partner placement and continued lifetime follow up sets them apart from many other organizations in this extremely beneficial canine service world. Having watched the amazing confidence that not only a canine partnership provides to a client but to the lives that PawPADs touches through the training process and the purpose that it brings to those having difficulties, I continue to be honored to help this organization advance and spread support.

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Donor

Rating: 4

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)

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Randy 03/09/2016

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with this organization for the past 5 years and on the board for the past 3 months. I have seen many lives changed with the placement of dogs with people with physical disabilities to diabetic alert dogs and school resources dogs. I think what impresses me the most is enriching lives with the training is just as important as the placement of the dog and the willingness to train rescue dogs. This is truly a wonderful organization with a Director that knows everyone by name and your not treated as just another volunteer.

1 Alan T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

After more than 5 years as a volunteer and a board member for 2 of those years; PawPADs has never ceased to fill me with pride and gratitude. Over those years I have gotten to see the lives that have been changed by the amazing works done by PawPADs. The wounded warriors that have regained self-esteem and been brought back into a more normal life, diabetics that have a fuller and more care-free life, children who are able to be children, peoples with disabilities having greater access to the world around them. and to the people who train and have trained their dogs; life-long changes and benefits far reaching beyond just training assistance dogs. PawPADs changes lives. Here's just one example of the life that's been changed:

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for nearly four years and now a board member. I have seen firsthand the great work that PawPADs has done for not only its clients, but also the many participants in their ongoing programs that help troubled youth, veterans and inmates.

I can not begin to describe the amount of good that has come from this organization. It's truly touched many lives and made them better due to the efforts of everyone involved.

I strongly encourage anyone to donate, whether it's time, money or just referring someone who could be helped by our services. PawPADs is a worthy organization that changes the lives of those that they serve and those that take it upon themselves to help PawPADs achieve its Mission, Strategy and Vision.

To find out more about PawPADs: http://pawpads.org/page20aboutus.html
To Donate: http://pawpads.org/page40donate.html
To become a Volunteer: http://pawpads.org/page41getinvolved.html

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kali is a School Resource Dog who assists me in my role as a Licensed School Counselor in 2 elementary schools. The knowledge that Randy and Linda have about their dogs is incredible. The skills that PawPADs has taught her are amazing. Kali helps kids going through divorce, grief, anxiety, conflict resolution and she gives students something to look forward to. Thank you for all you do!