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Great.com interviews Paws With A Cause about custom-trained assistance dogs which change people’s lives

 

Karim Bukhadurov from Great.com interviewed Paws With A Cause as part of their ‘Great.com Talks With…’ podcast. This series is an antidote to negative news stories that aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world.

How Assistance Dogs Bring Dignity for Those Living With Disabilities 

Connections between humans and dogs have been cultivated and nourished for as far as our memories stretch. Canines are instinctive, intelligent and caring beings which, with the right guidance and training, can also significantly improve the lives of people living with disabilities. Cara Conway from Paws With A Cause (PAWS) describes their life-changing work pairing free-of-charge Assistance Dogs with those in need. 

Not Just Fluffy Friends: The Dogs That Can Save People’s Lives

The training and upbringing of Assistance Dogs is no short affair. In fact, they begin their training at around eight weeks old and the whole process takes between two and three years. PAWS volunteers help to introduce the dogs to basic obedience and socialization, as well as including the dogs in their daily routine – so that they become comfortable in a variety of settings and situations. At 12-14 months old they begin their advanced training, where PAWS will assess the dog’s health, temperament and decide which direction their career path will take. 

There are four potential routes for the fully trained Assistance Dogs: Service Dogs for people living with disabilities or limited mobility, Hearing Dogs for those with impaired hearing, Service Dogs for children with Autism, and lastly Seizure-Response Dogs for people with Epilepsy. Seizure-Response Dogs are trained to notice vital signs of seizures, as well as the ability to retrieve a medical device and place it on the person’s heart in order to stop their seizure.

Conway explains how the Assistance Dogs allow people to live fuller lives: removing the time it takes them to carry out mundane tasks and thus allowing them to engage in their own chosen, joyful activities. In a nutshell, the Assistance Dogs allow people a safer, more relaxing life of independence and dignity. 

Listen to the whole interview to find out how you could support our furry friends to change people’s lives. You can also raise your paws to become a PAWS volunteer and explore the different ways you can contribute and donate to Paws With A Cause. PAWS’ dog volunteers are one of the firstand crucialsteps in providing custom-trained Assistance Dogs to those in need. 

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Certification Celebration: March 2021

Congratulations to the Assistance Dog Teams that were certified in March!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deshawnda and NIKE

Mama Dog RELIC housed by: Bill and Diane Haddix
Foster Puppy Raiser: Natalie Kyles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jana and DUFFIE

Mama Dog SELENA housed by: Maggie Caball
Foster Puppy Raisers: Rob and Allison Harper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy and WINGER

Papa Dog MURRAY housed by: Jerry and Kathleen Burke
Mama Dog MISSY housed by: Anna and Calvin Post
Foster Puppy Raisers: Linh and Robin Vi

porters for making these Assistance Dog Teams possible!

Certification Celebration: February 2021

Congratulations to the Assistance Dog Teams that were certified in February!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooper and BONSAI

Papa Dog MORT housed by: Jane Nowark
Mama Dog NINERS housed by: Britney and Kevin Speck
Foster Puppy Raisers: Bob and Bobbi Timberland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan and QUIGLEY

Papa Dog DAPPER housed by: Debby Gaylor
Mama Dog RELIC housed by: Bill and Diane Haddix
Foster Puppy Raisers: Colin and Laurie Yager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James and SPARROW

Papa Dog SPENCER housed by: Kelly Crabb
Mama Dog CHANNING housed by: Tracey Nelson
Foster Puppy Raisers: Sharon Purkis and Greta Wilker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luanne and PASHA

Mama Dog HARLOW housed by: Brad and Lori Marthens
Foster Puppy Raisers:Wayne and Debra Perry

Thank you to all of our PAWS Dog Volunteers and supporters for making these Assistance Dog Teams possible!