PawPADs At A Glance:
- Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs (PawPADs) is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization501(C)(3) charitable organization (EIN: 510593176) headquartered in Lakeville, Minnesota.
- Founded in 2005 in Oregon; incorporated and registered as a non-profit since 2007; Re-located to Minnesota in 2008.
- We primarily focus 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, chidren and adults with diabetes, chidren with autism, and persons with physical mobility challenges.
- We have dogs placed in four States: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Indiana.
- Our funding relies primarily on individual contributions, corporate and foundation contributions, fundraisers, gifts in-kind and grants.
- 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.
- Two full-time paid staff, one part-time contract educator/trainer, and nearly 50 Volunteers.
The PawPADs Difference
Positive Training Methods.
PawPADS uses only positive reinforcement to shape behaviors into tasks useful to human partners.
Innovative Training Programs.
Programs designed to create powerful, life-enhancing experiences through working with dogs – as the very act of working with, being around and training these dogs can be therapeutic and life-altering in profound ways.
From our dog waste disposal methods to making our events as “green” as we can to re-purposing items into other useful items, PawPADs is committed to minimizing our impact on our fragile earth in every way we can.