At Helping Paws, Inc., our mission is to further the independence of individuals with physical disabilities through the use of service dogs.

Helping Paws has been giving the gift of independence since 1988. These "dogs in the blue coats" are hard-working and loving companions that allow their human partners to live more independent lives and to achieve an enhanced quality of life. By helping with many daily living tasks, these dogs help to promote self confidence and renew self-esteem for their partners.

Steve with service dog, Duke says, "Duke is always there for me when I need assistance. We work as a team in everything we do. And teammates are always there for each other, physically and emotionally."

Our fiscal year started on June 1, 2013 with a $645,500 budget. As of the end of November, we have secured $504,768 of funding. We need to raise $140,732 by May 31, 2014 in order to Close the Funding Gap.

Although the cost equivalent for breeding, raising and training each dog is more than $30,000, the dogs are provided to each applicant at no charge - there is only a minimal application and equipment fee. In addition, with each team we match we need to have the resources to provide quality follow-up instruction to insure the team is a successful partnership. We approach our mission with a view to the whole life of our dogs, with follow-up from birth to the end of service.

What our graduates say:

From our first PTSD Graduate this year: "I was kind of a disbeliever that Jed would help the way he does. This dog makes me feel safe."

"My life is happier with Cassie, and I laugh a whole lot more when I have my best friend at my side. It's nice to have someone to share both the good times and the bad; someone who is always happy to see me, and who will follow me everywhere."

"This is the first time in twenty-three years that I don't have to rely on another human being to open a door for me. I have independence."

"There aren't enough thank yous in the world for what Helping Paws has given me. Walter is my life...he's my life."

What our donors say:

"Helping Paws is a great, great organization. When you look at charitable organizations, Helping Paws stands apart. It has one of the highest use of donated funds that goes towards helping people as opposed to administration."

"When Helping Paws helps someone it changes their life. It is for a long period of time and it makes a big, big impact."

"I know that Helping Paws will use my donation to directly serve people with physical disabilities. Their stability and fiscal responsibility as an organization is especially important to me during these challenging economic times."

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