Who We Are
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.
We accomplish this through educational and vocational training programs which offers opportunities for students, prison inmates, veterans, and others to train the assistance dogs for placement.
To enable persons with disabilities to lead more independent, self-reliant, and fulfilling lives with the assistance of a canine partner.
PawPADs At A Glance
PawPADs is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization 501(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, children and adults with diabetes, children 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 25 Volunteers.