DOG RESCUE & TRAINING PROGRAM
Paws for Empowerment rescues a majority of the dogs that it uses in the service dog training program from local shelters. There are literally millions of homeless dogs in America. The number of dogs euthanized weekly in shelters and around the U.S. is huge. Many of these dogs just need a little bit of training, a few rules, some boundaries, and just a little help understanding the crazy world around them. Well, that’s exactly what we do here, give the dogs a little guidance so that they can avoid being euthanized and therefore, be given a chance at a good life with a nice, loving family.
MEDICAL ALERT DOG TRAINING PROGRAM
Paws for Empowerment is one of the few organizations in the world that trains and places Emergency Medical Response Dogs (EMRD). These dogs are frequently called seizure alert dogs. These special dogs are trained to respond to a medical event such as an epileptic seizure, diabetes-related fluctuations in blood sugar (reminder to test), and in some cases seizures caused by psychiatric disorders. Additionally, in order to help disabled Veterans with the financial burden of the dog training, PFE adopts dogs from animal shelters and trains them to be of service to veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries as well as for veterans with physical restrictions that prevent them from performing everyday activities.
SERVICE DOG EDUCATION PROGRAM
Paws for Empowerment offers many free workshops and educational seminars for dog parents and would be dog parents throughout the year. The workshops feature live demonstrations of service dog skills, tours of PFE’s facility, instructional presentations, review of the ADA guidelines, exhibits and information tables. Prospective audiences range from individuals with disabilities, to school aged children, to senior citizens groups, to state and federal employees, to civic associations, to health care practitioners, corporations and more.
SERVICE DOG TRAINING FOR THE DISABLED
Paws for Empowerment trains service dogs to assist children and adults with mobility impairments and a wide range of disabilities. These dogs provide physical stability, open doors, turn light switches on and off, help their person get dressed and undressed, retrieve telephones, turn the person in bed to prevent bed sores, help them transfer from a bed to a wheelchair, and act as arms and legs to individuals using wheelchairs. Through this program, we breed and train qualified dogs before placing them with low income disabled individuals whom would not otherwise be able to afford them. Candidates for our Service Dog Training Program come from rescues, shelters, or from people that wanted to donate a dog to us.
PAWS FOR EMPOWERMENT COMPANION ASSISTANCE TRAINING PROGRAM
Paws for Empowerment trains companion assistance dogs to provide comfort to their human partners. By assisting its human partner with many physical tasks and providing constant companionship, a service dog can help make the goal of increased independence possible. We train qualified dogs that we breed as well as for dogs owned by persons in need once they reach 14-16 months of age in our six-nine month training course with professional instructors at our 5 acre facility.
SERVICE DOGS FOR VETERANS
Paws For Empowerment is dedicated to making service/assistance and companion dogs available to help Veterans lead a more independent life- at NO cost to the Veteran. Veterans whose primary disability is a mobility or hearing impairment as a result of a combat injury during one of the more recent wars and conflicts are eligible for the program.