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Pawsitivity aka Pawsitivity Service Dogs

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Services, Animals, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

Mission: Rescuing dogs and training them as assistance dogs, focusing on families with children with autism.

Results: Eleven dogs rescued and trained as service dogs, and we are in our fourth year.

Target demographics: disabled children and adults

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4 families with children with disabilities.

Geographic areas served: the USA

Programs: Rescuing unwanted dogs and training them as service dogs, focusing on children with autism.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

James85

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pawsitivity has helped us greatly. Our service dog is better then any medication. She has not just helped my daughter but the whole family. Millie is the best, most loving and loyal companion for my daughter. Tom and Julie are the kind of people that really care and just keep giving. I can not say thank you enough.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their work is desperately needed, and I believe in what they are doing 100%. SERVICE DOGS CHANGE LIVES!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have heard many inspiring stories of how Pawsitivity Service Dogs is making life better for families facing difficult challenges. I hope they can continue changing lives for years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My employer provides veterinary care for Pawsitivity - they are so nice and kind, and we are proud and honored to help!

Art_A

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Service dogs do great things! I highly recommend Pawsitivity - they are helping change the world!

Anne495

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tom and Julie do a great job with their service dogs, in particular, the families who are adopting the autism service dogs - they actually go to doctor's appointments, school meetings, anything that helps the family and their child adapt to living and using their new service dog!

Bobster

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pawsitivity helped my cousin, and they are fine people - thank you for all your help!

Jim_66

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A year ago, I had never heard of Pawsitivity Service Dogs. Through a friend, I heard about a kid named Henry that was in dire need of a service dog. Sadly due to my own medical issues, I was unable to donate to Henry's quest for help. All I could do was to pray for him, his family and that somehow God would help them. It has been a humbling experience to read a mom's blog about her son's challenges and needs.
Then Pawsitivity came into the picture, the hope they gave the family was amazing.
The folks at Pawsitivity have been able to allow Henry, through Bailey (the wonderful service dog Angel from Heaven) to be more like a child without Autism. Just to be a normal happy go lucky little boy.
I can not imagine what it's like to have a special needs child, but this organization answered a much needed prayer for this family.

Christy17

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pawsitivity worked with our family extensively before my son's service dog came to live with us. Bailey has made Henry able to calm more quickly and cope with transitions when we are out in the community. Thanks to Pawsitivity we feel more confident that Henry won't wander off without notice. Bailey has made such a wonderful companion and is extremely well trained.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Pawsitivity Service Dogs works personally with each family to find and train exactly the right dog for their needs. The dogs can literally change their lives--not just of the handler, but of their family, friends, classmates, and other people around them. We are incredibly proud of the work that we do and happy that we are able to ease some of the burdens and strain that the handlers and their families deal with. And we're thrilled that the dogs go to loving, caring homes in which they get to spend time with people and be of service.

Tom Coleman

Board Member

Rating: 5

We founded Pawsitivity to help Minnesota-area families in need, who would like extra help from these canine experts!