Paws with a Cause
Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment; and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey. - Harold B. Melchart. All my life, I have grown up with all kinds of animals and have dreamed of having many myself in life. Since I love animals, I am intrigued with Paws with a Cause, a non-profit organization that helps many people with disabilities.
I journey first began when I found some of the history on the foundation. It started in 1979, with the name of Ears for the Deaf. It began when Michael Sapp, Sr. offered to help a friend. He wanted to train a friend’s dog to become a hearing dog. Later on, he had deaf and hard to hear people coming to his friend’s house and asking him if they could train their dogs. In the early stages of this development, they decided to train the dog inside the client’s home. On November 1, 1987, the telephone pioneers of America donated 11,000 sq ft building with offices and enough space for fifty kennels, and 6,000 sq ft for training purposes. In 1991, PAWS began having Regional Representatives across the country. Studies between 1990-1992 showed that the percentages of people with disabilities who wanted a dog trained for their specific need has raised a 13-fold. When this arose, the directors and administrators brought about a campaign to get a bigger building and begin the makeover for more space for training and for more dogs.
The National Headquarters has barrier-free 2 bedroom training apartment with motion sensor cameras and a state of the art indoor and outdoor kennel runs, radiant heat in ceiling and the floor, built-in high pressure cleaning equipment, a grooming room, a vet room, 13,500 sq ft of training areas, and 4 private fenced in yards for the dogs to exercise. PAWS now...