Assistance Dog Program

Service Dog

The primary goal of Paws with Purpose is to train dogs for physical support of children and adults. Our recipients often have diagnoses such as strokes, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Lou Gehrig’s disease, spinal cord injuries and others, which make some aspects of their lives difficult.

A fully trained service dog has public access rights and will be with their recipient at all times: at work, school or play. These dogs will support their partner by helping perform tasks such as picking up dropped objects, retrieving needed items, opening/closing doors, carrying small items, helping remove clothing and shoes as well as providing balance support.

Skilled Companion Dog

Occasionally, we have recipients that do not necessarily need a dog in public, but would benefit from their skills in the home. At these times, we match that recipient with a home-certified dog. These dogs have specific skills that will assist the recipient but do not have public access rights.

Facility Dog

Some dogs are called to a job that will help them reach a greater number of people at one time. We have trained dogs placed at a number of facilities with various therapists, social workers and others. These facility dogs are certified to have access to their home "office," but go home with their handler each night to relax after a long day's work.