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Paws With a Cause Provides Assistance Dogs to Help People Maintain Their Independence

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Paws With a Cause helps people to become more self-sufficient with their Assistance Dogs. They also work to teach the public about the parts Assistance Dog Teams play in reaching this goal. Paws With a Cause is one of the top organizations of its kind. Requests for Assistance Dogs are filed every year, but demand can outweigh the number of dogs available. There’s a great demand for these dogs, and they serve many different purposes. Anything from Multiple Sclerosis to POTS can be alleviated with the help of an Assistance Dog. Dogs are trained based on the client’s needs, and provide the support and consolation they need to live a full life.

 

Paws With a Cause was created to help people through dogs. This has been done since the very beginning. A man named Michael D. Sapp Sr. wanted to help his friend Marty Jansen and his wife, Dianne. Marty and Dianne were both deaf, and had adopted a child who was deaf as well. They wanted Michael to teach their Cairn Terrier named Crystal to keep an eye on their child(like telling them if the baby was crying). The success of this training led to other deaf and hard of hearing individuals wanting trained dogs as well. Michael and his wife Antoinette responded by founding Ears for the Deaf in 1979(which was later renamed Paws With a Cause). The organization’s programs eventually expanded to train dogs for other purposes, like disabilities. 

 

One of the main things Paws With a Cause does is training Service Dogs. These dogs are taught to help people with physical disabilities impacting the use of one or more limbs. The Service Dogs can assist people with ventures like opening doors and picking up objects. Dogs can even help someone get off the floor if they fall. Conditions these dogs have been trained to provide assistance for include Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Rheumatoid Degeneration, ALS, Cerebral Palsy, and spinal cord injuries. Paws can also train their dogs to assist those with seizure disorders or hearing problems.  

 

It’s not just those with physical disabilities who can benefit from Service Dogs. People with mental disabilities do as well, especially autistic children. Paws provides Service Dogs for Children with Autism. These dogs are just the buddy that these children need. They also help these children to refine their social skills, increase their communication abilities, and lessen stress. A Paws dog won’t care if a child has autism. All these dogs care about is being there for the child, no matter what.  

 

Some dogs at Paws don’t work with just one person. Facility dogs are educated to help multiple people in locations like schools. A trainer or handler will work with a facility dog to provide console, socialization, and/or a protected feeling. If you want to apply for a facility dog, click here: https://www.pawswithacause.org/what-we-do/facility-dogs/.   

 

Some dogs at Paws are unable to find lasting careers there as Assistance Dogs. However, they are working tirelessly to find other work for them. Paws has been able to place dogs in careers like working for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, police departments, Detection Dogs, and Leader Dogs for the Blind and Crisis Response Dogs. If Paws can’t find another career for a dog outside of their organization, it will become a family pet.

 

To donate to Paws With a Cause, click here: https://www.pawswithacause.org/donatebutton/.  



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