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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?

Who raises PAWS Puppies?

What happens to dogs that are not able to be placed as Assistance Dogs?

 

What does Paws With A Cause do?


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.

Where is PAWS located?

PAWS National Headquarters is in Wayland, Michigan. PAWS has a network of Field Reps committed to providing services in dozens of states.

What types of Assistance Dogs does PAWS train?

PAWS trains Hearing Dogs, Service Dogs, Seizure Response Dogs and Service Dogs for Children with Autism.

How many placements has PAWS completed?


To date, more than 2,500 Assistance Dogs have been placed with clients nationwide. Typically, we place 60-90 teams a year.

How many requests for Assistance Dogs does PAWS receive?


Paws With A Cause receives more than 2,000 Assistance Dog application requests annually.

How much does an Assistance Dog cost?

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.

What are PAWS’ fundraising and management costs?


PAWS’ fundraising and management costs are at or below 13 percent, allowing 87 percent of donor dollars to be used for program services.

How does PAWS obtain dogs?


PAWS has its own Breeding Program, with 35 Breeding Stock Dogs in homes as of December 31, 2012. 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. Occasionally, PAWS rescues dogs from animal shelters.

 

Who raises PAWS Puppies?

PAWS Dogs are raised the first year by volunteer Foster Puppy Raisers. As of December 31, 2012, PAWS had 188 Foster Puppies being raised in volunteer homes.

What happens to dogs that are not able to be placed as Assistance Dogs?


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.

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