Facility Dogs, like MAPLE, are working dogs specifically trained to help more than one person in facilities like schools or hospitals. Unlike assistance dogs that serve one person, professionally trained facility dogs work with a trainer or handler to serve multiple people who need social interaction, recovery motivation, comfort, and/or a feeling of safety.
To learn more about the work that MAPLE is doing, watch this video!
How does a facility dog correspond with the PAWS mission of enhancing the quality of life and independence of people with disabilities?
We are excited about the opportunity to serve even more people and communities through PAWS dogs by introducing our facility dog program. Placing assistance dogs with people with disabilities will remain our top priority. When PAWS dogs cannot become assistance dogs, our goal is to find another working career that is right for them. One of these options is to place them as facility dogs, which will enable them to enhance the lives of many people and entire communities.
Facility dogs work well in the following environments:
- Health care facilities
- Residential care facilities
- Counseling and mental health settings
- Senior living homes
- Funeral homes
Is a PAWS Facility Dog a good fit for you?
This letter from PAWS CEO, Michele Suchovsky, gives a detailed explanation of the PAWS Facility Dog program and how a dog might work in a school setting.