Besides our main Service Dog program, we have a few other initiatives that are important to us here at APAW.
Take The Lead — Coming Soon!
This is an initiative in which at-risk youth learn many critical life skills through raising and training a future Service Dog.
“…To help at-risk youth ‘take the lead’ in their own lives; learn how to live with compassion and understanding; become teachers and role models for the next generation… To absorb life lessons transmitted through the leads of dogs who, with the guidance of these youth, will go on to help a person with a disability lead a more independent life…
If you know of a Central Massacusetts school or center that works with at-risk youth and you think they may be interested in offering this course to their students, please contact us.
PAWs to Heal
Our Social/Therapy Dog initiative, where volunteer handlers take their dog on visits to nursing homes, hospitals, etc – spreading good cheer! Some of these dogs work with therapists to help patients complete exercises (such as bracing for balance on stairs, retrieving a tossed ball, and laying still for brushing).
Many of the dogs in this program are Service Dogs in-training, and this is part of their socializing and education. Others graduate and are matched with a partner who wishes for this to be their continued career. Still others are well-mannered pet Poodles whose owner’s decided they wanted to volunteer in this manner, and have completed training and certification through our organization.
PAWs Dogs also visit schools and libraries, where they listen quietly while a child reads to them.
If you know of a facility in Massachusetts that would like a presentation or regular visits by a PAWs Dog, please email us.