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Paws4People Putting Paws to Work

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This 23 year old knew what she wanted to do since the age of 11 when she started training dogs to help people feel better and Paws4People was started. She is also working with prisons to have puppies trained by inmates ... a very special young woman ...

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. (0)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 10:14 pm
thx kitty - nice story of a special person

Stephen Sydebotham (74)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 10:36 pm
Thanks Kitty, nice story, noted.

Kim O (396)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 10:36 pm
Noted!! Thanks Kitty!!! What a great lady she is!!! A win win for people and the dogs!

Jae A (316)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 11:08 pm
Good to read such a heartwarming story about such a lovely and caring person as she.
Thank for sharing it with us Kitty G.

Mac R (289)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 11:28 pm
Awesome story, awesome girl, and we all arleady know how awesome dogs are!

Deb E (63)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 11:42 pm
Did you guys catch the part about the dogs actually reading printed words? I hope her foundation just grows and grows and becomes Nationwide.

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 4:08 am
Great post!

Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 4:44 am
Thanks Kitty, it is a "feel good" story, it would be nice if every state could train animals schuduled for death to become helpers for the ill, the blind the disabled.

Linda Thompson (16)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 5:47 am
great! Shares on Facebook ! :)

Hans Mueller (591)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 7:19 am
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Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 7:28 am
Great program. It is a known factor that animals are such great healers to people. In Massachusetts they started to bring in greyhounds to live permanently at the Nursing Homes. The short hair is not bad for those who suffer from allergies, greyhounds tend to be sight hounds so they move out of the way upon approach. They curl into these little balls so even though a larger animal they do not seem to be, they tend not to be barkers. The Staff find that it has improved the residents moods to have this dog to pat and come visit them from time to time.

I'm not sure on the reading part, words? Or perhaps a picture, like we have pictures of things that are standard for those who do not speak the same language. Article didn't specify that I could see.

. (0)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 7:51 am
Noted and Thanks so much Kitty, as this is so inspiring and heartwarming :)
It has been proven over and over that animals help people in so many ways.

Be Blessed! Stay Blessed!
Peace, Love and Light ;-)

Constance F (418)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 7:57 am
Thank you for the post. Now, this is how it should be - Everyone benefits, everyone's life is enriched.

june bullied (553)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 8:29 am
beautiful story. what a great person. hope pawsforpeople is on pepsi voting list. great organization.

chris b (2474)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 8:45 am
What a splendid story!

Jen S (121)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 8:58 am
A lovely story and a very nice change from so many animal stories. Beautiful-thank you!

Toni C (508)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 9:16 am
A very heartwarming story on a very cold, cold day, Thanks!!

Marilyn M (145)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 10:17 am
Noted. Thank you, Kitty.

According to the article, "Paws4people has a very small-scale rescue program, but receives most of its dogs through an internal breeding program and works mainly with golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers because of the breeds' good reputations."

Since so many shelter and rescue dogs need homes, it would be preferable if the program could obtain all of its dogs from shelters and rescues rather than breeding them.


Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 10:27 am
Noted, thanks so much for a heart-warming, happy animal post (they are few and far between). Wonderful lady and work. I agree with Dandelion...animals are great healers...and helpers.

Jeannette A (137)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 10:34 am
I love the fact that each dog is trained individually for the person they are helping. Dandelion has it right... animals bring so much into our lives that is not visible but critical to our survival and growth. Great post.

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 11:15 am
Great story! Thank you, Kitty.

Sharon Karson (82)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 12:28 pm
Thanks Kitty for a wonderful article. Couldn't send you another star. Marilyn has a wonderful idea but most service dogs begin their training almost from the day their born. They are very carefully socialized and trained. Many shelter dogs have suffered emotional damage themselves and need care and understanding that those who need service dogs may not be able to provide. There are significant exceptions to this and some rescue animals become Healthcare visiting animals with great success others require extra care for the rest of their lives. I have a rescue cat that I have worked with for nearly 3 years and she still cringes every time I move too quickly. You just can't have that type of reaction in a service dog.

Susan L (150)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 1:32 pm
Great story and what an innovative young lady. It's nice to read about someone who is doing so much to help others.

Kathleen B (272)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 1:33 pm
Great story, and wonder young woman. Someone doing good things for a change.

Ritva J (115)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 2:02 pm
Wow! She is awesome!

Margo R (14)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 3:35 pm
What a marvelous young woman! This was a wonderful story !!!! Thank you. Did it say where I can donate?

offline away busy sorry (63)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 4:05 pm
noted wonderful work she is doing.

Krasimira B (175)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 4:46 pm
Great program! Thank you Kitty for posting this awesome story!

Deb E (63)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 9:59 pm
This is what the article said about reading ... ""It's kind of like going to college," she says of the dogs' training. They even learn to read.They can read commands off of cards for people with limited vision, she says"" And, if anyone wants to know more about donating, the article said to go to Glad you all enjoyed it as much as I did. Sharon, you are so correct in that the service dogs for disabled must be raised from puppyhood. Certain breeds are not as well suited to tasks for the disabled, but we certainly could use a whole lot more people who would train shelter dogs for hospital and nursing home visits.

Linda G (187)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 10:57 pm
Lovely, inspiring story. Thanks so much Kitty for good news.

Susan D (116)
Thursday January 13, 2011, 5:13 pm
Thanks for a very cheering story. Wishing the project every success.

Helene Cardinal (101)
Thursday January 13, 2011, 5:41 pm
Great story and great lady

Marty H (119)
Friday January 14, 2011, 2:51 am
Thanks Kitty and Constance! Good for her!

Past Member (0)
Friday January 14, 2011, 10:48 am
Noted. Thanks for sharing this.

Terry H. (0)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 1:06 pm
Kyria is an amazing young woman! Please help by visiting her new site at and opting in to hear her vision! BTW _she just won a $100,000 donation for her non profit from and is top 5 finalists for Glamour woman of the year 2010...
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