Each month, PharPoint hand-selects a charity to support through fund-raising and awareness building to aid in research and/or resource development. Known as our Working Together for Change campaign, this company-wide initiative is dedicated to aiding those in need and serving the community. PharPoint has decided to feature paws4people as August’s selected charity for the Working Together for Change campaign.
Paws4people is a non-profit organization based in Wilmington, North Carolina that educates and empowers people to use assistance dogs to transform the lives of children, veterans, military dependents, and civilians living with disabilities. Paws4people has more than 200 volunteers and place dogs with nationwide consideration and operations in 24 states. The organization provides certification, insurance, and support for the client/dog teams for the duration of their career.
Paws4people has more than 500 highly trained assistance dogs to provide support in areas such as mobility and psychiatric service, e
ducational and rehabilitative assistance, and social therapy. Collectively, these dogs have made more than 1,000,000 therapeutic contacts across the United States since 1999. Currently, paws4people specializes in training customized assistance dogs for two general groups:
- Children and adolescents with physical, neurological, psychiatric, or emotional disabilities.
- Veterans and Active-Duty Servicemembers with Chronic/Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).
In addition, paws4people recognizes the importance for the public to understand that service animals, when employed correctly and within the confines of the law, are providing invaluable
services to their users by assisting them in their recovery and helping them return to their previous lifestyles.
Paws4people “Private Placement” program provides assistance dogs to adolescents, spouseless seniors and veterans living with physical, neurological, psychological, or other medical challenges. These dogs, trained specifically for their new owners, may be simply companions or service dogs who can perform specialized tasks to enhance and ease the lives of their owners.
Through the paws4vets Assistance Dog Placement program, veterans, Active-Duty Servicemembers or their dependents with physical, neurological, psychiatric or emotional disabilities can receive Medical Alert Assistance Dogs-Psychiatric, Mobility Assistance Dogs and specialized partner dogs (Emotional Support Animals).
The paws4prisons program teaches inmates to train various types of assistance dogs and then manages and supervises the training of these assistance dogs for and in support of the mission of the paws4people foundation. This program has served as an inmate rehabilitation program and has considerable success in aiding inmates with PTSD/C-PTSD to recover, or at the very least, better cope with, their PTSD/C-PTSD and its symptoms by utilizing the therapeutic benefits of “Special K-9 Powers” possessed by the dogs they train.
As of 2010, paws4seniors volunteers have used their certified Social-Therapy dogs, visit nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, hospitals, geriatric hospitals and hospices, in four states and have recorded over 50,000 therapeutic contacts during more than 2,500 visits.
As of 2010, paws4education volunteers have used their certified Educational Assistance Dogs (EAD) to work in schools in three states (North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia), 47 different schools, and eight different school districts. These volunteers and their EADs have conducted over 272,200 educational animal-assisted instructional contacts with students during more than 16,700 classroom visits.
How you can help
Interested in contributing to help paws4people continue to train assistance dogs to best help their clients? There are a variety of opportunities to best suit anyone interested in helping the cause. Attend an event near you, learn more about volunteer opportunities, or donate today!
Do you or someone you know have an assistance dog? Please tell us more about your experience in the comments below.