What does Paws With A Cause do?
Where is PAWS located?
What types of Assistance Dogs does PAWS train?
How many placements has PAWS completed?
How many requests for Assistance Dogs does PAWS receive?
How much does an Assistance Dog cost?
What are PAWS’ fundraising and management costs?
How does PAWS obtain dogs?
How do I donate a dog to PAWS?
Who raises PAWS Puppies?
What happens to dogs that are not able to be placed as Assistance Dogs?
Since 1979, Paws With A Cause has been enhancing the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. PAWS increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog Teams through education and advocacy.
PAWS National Headquarters is in Wayland, Michigan. PAWS has a network of Field Reps committed to providing services in dozens of states.
PAWS trains Hearing Dogs, Service Dogs, Seizure Response Dogs and Service Dogs for Children with Autism. We do not train dogs to assist with PTSD, diabetes, blindness, psychiatric disabilities or emotional support (as a primary condition).
To date, more than 2,600 Assistance Dogs have been placed with clients nationwide.
Paws With A Cause receives more than 2,000 Assistance Dog application requests annually.
The sponsorship to breed or rescue, raise, train, place an Assistance Dog and provide ongoing team support exceeds $30,000. PAWS clients do not pay to apply for or to receive their Assistance Dogs. There is no insurance or government funding available to sponsor Assistance Dogs. PAWS funding comes from individual donations nationwide.
PAWS’ fundraising and management costs are at or below 19 percent, allowing 81 cents of each donor dollar to be used for program services.
Some of our dogs are donated by private individuals or breeders, while others come from our strategic breeding program. PAWS makes every attempt to rescue dogs from animal shelters for training when qualified dogs are available.
PAWS also accepts dog donations (both puppy and adult) that are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Standard Poodles and select small breed dogs. For large breed dogs, we require a 3-generation pedigree for both parents and OFA certification to rule out hip dysplasia. Small breed dogs must also have a 3-generation pedigree and normal patellas. Please contact us at 800-253-7297 for more information if you have a puppy or dog you'd like to donate.
PAWS Dogs are raised until approximately 18 months old by volunteer Breeding Dog Hosts and Foster Puppy Raisers. As of April 2015, PAWS had 189 Foster Puppies being raised in volunteer homes.
PAWS tries to find another working career for them whenever possible. Some dogs career changed from PAWS’ program have become working dogs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, police departments, Detection Dogs, Leader Dogs for the Blind and Crisis Response Dogs. If the dog is not suitable for any other career, it will be placed as a pet.