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PAWS FAQ

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?
How do you apply for an Assitance Dog?
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?

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. We do not train dogs to assist with PTSD, diabetes, blindness, psychiatric disabilities or emotional support (as a primary condition).

How many placements has PAWS completed?

To date, more than 3,000 Assistance Dogs have been placed with clients nationwide.

How many requests for Assistance Dogs does PAWS receive?

Paws With A Cause receives more than 1,000 Assistance Dog application requests annually.

How do you apply for a PAWS dog?

The application request form can be located here. There is a $25 fee to request an application.

How much does an Assistance Dog cost?

The sponsorship to breed, raise, train, place an Assistance Dog and provide ongoing team support exceeds $30,000. PAWS clients do not pay 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 18 percent, allowing 82 cents of each donor dollar to be used for program services.

How does PAWS obtain dogs?

Most of our dogs come from our strategic breeding program.

How do I donate a dog to PAWS?

PAWS has built a wonderful breeding program, which has fulfilled our need for dogs. Therefore, we are unable to accept dog donations. To search for other assistance dog organizations that might take dog donations please visit assistancedogsinternational.org/.

Who raises PAWS Puppies?

PAWS Dogs are raised until approximately 18 months old by volunteer Breeding Host Homes and Foster Puppy Raisers.

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 that have been purposefully placed from PAWS’ program have become Facility Dogs, or 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.