Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs (PawPADs) is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeville, Minnesota.
Our dual Mission is to enrich the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with exceptionally skilled assistance dogs; To utilize the power of the human-canine bond as a therapeutic, educational, healing tool.
How Can You Have A Part In Changing a Life?
I’d Like To Donate
Your financial support allows us to partner our service dogs with those who need them at minimal cost or for free!
I Need An Assistance Dog
We’re here to help you get an Assistance Dog if at all possible. Get started on the application and placement process today.
I’d Like To Volunteer
Volunteers donate thousands of hours doing things such as dog care, puppy socialization, administrative work, fundraising, and, of course, dog training.
PawPADs At A Glance:
- Founded in 2005; incorporated and registered as a non-profit since 2007.
- Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs primarily focuses on training service dogs for people with physical mobility disabilities. Our dogs can also be trained as Diabetic Alert dogs (trained for detecting changes in blood sugar levels), Autism Support Dogs, Home Help-mate dogs (these have been trained in the same skills as Service Dogs, but are not granted public access qualifications due to not meeting our high standards of performance), and Facility/Animal Assisted Therapy dogs on a case-by-case basis.
- Our clients consist of wounded warriors, children and adults with diabetes, children with autism, and persons with physical mobility challenges.
- We place our dogs within 250 miles of the twin cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
- Our funding relies primarily on individual contributions, corporate and foundation contributions, fundraisers, gifts in-kind and grants.
- A volunteer based organization, we also have two full-time paid staff, one part-time contract educator/trainer, and one part-time one Program Assistant.
Through our training programs – Prison Road Puppies, Paw Corps, Project Y.E.S., and the SIT Program – we offer volunteers, veterans, inmates, and youth the opportunity to help raise and train our amazing canines.“My husband is a wounded warrior…he lost a leg in Afghanistan and struggled with a lot before we got in touch with PawPADs a couple years ago. We were eventually partnered with Barkley just over six months later…This is a nonprofit that is not only changing lives but changing the world while helping wounded warriors like my husband…”