Happy New Year! We at PAWS are looking forward to 2016, but before we jump into the new year we want to take a moment to reflect on 2015 and just a few of the PAWsome things that YOU helped to make possible!
Ability Day: In June, PAWS celebrated our first day of giving event. Supporters from across the country came together to raise awareness and funds for PAWS.
Client Certifications: PAWS celebrates all of our Assistance Dog Team certifications as each one means enhanced independence and quality of life for people with disabilities. This year we increased the number of client certifications from 2014 and going into 2016 we look forward to making more Assistance Dog Teams a reality.
New Staff and Volunteers: Our PAWS family grew in 2015! We welcomed new staff, including three new apprentice trainers, and volunteers into the PAWS family. Our work could not continue without their help.
Order of the Easter Star: In November the Order of the Eastern Star voted to make Service Dogs a permanent part of the OES general grand family internationally. PAWS truly appreciates the PAWSome and continuing support of service groups like OES.
PAWS Virtual Tour: PAWS has been hosting PAWS For Lunch Tours for a few years now at our facilities in Wayland, Michigan. This year we were excited to share a virtual tour that was created for those who may not be able to make it to Wayland. To see the virtual tour, please visit our website.
Prisoners Fostering Puppies: PAWS and four prison systems partnered together to help create a positive impact for both the inmates and PAWS. Inmates in each of the prison systems were selected to work with the PAWS training team and a Foster Puppy to help complete a portion of the dog’s training.
25th Anniversary of the American With Disabilities Act: PAWS, along with the nation, celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA has increased the rights of people with disabilities along with the access rights for Assistance Dogs.
We look forward to 2016, because like our dogs, we won’t stop until our work is done and we hope that you won’t either!
Happy New Year from our family to yours!
These are just a few our 2015 highlights. Please share your PAWS 2015 highlights with us in the comments below.