paws4people: educating and empowering people to utilize Assistance Dogs to transform their lives
To be the world’s leading Assistance Dog organization, elevating the standards for training Assistance Dogs and their clients.
paws4people foundation raises, trains, and places Assistance Dogs with children, veterans, military dependents, and civilians living with disabilities. The organization provides certification, insurance, and support for the client/dog teams for the duration of their career.
Walter and his Assistance Dog JACKSON
What our paws4vets Service Dogs Do
-Alert to onset of anxiety symptoms and panic attacks
-Decrease hypervigilance and aid sleep
-Alert to startle-reflex triggers
-Perform behavior interruption for flashbacks, nightmares and night terrors
-Perform tasks for schedule regulation such as medicine reminders
-Call 911 & open doors for emergency personnel
-Provide balance and mobility assistance
-Perform hearing alerts
Kyria Henry founded paws4people in 1999 and now serves as Executive Director. She is the Program Director and Instructor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington Assistance Dog Training Program, the first and only comprehensive Assistance Dog academic certificate program offered at a state university. Kyria has also served as an adjunct faculty member of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.
Most importantly, she is mom to her Ambassador Assistance Dog, WYATT, and her Scent Detection Facility Dog In-Training, HOBBS.
paws4people® is a 501(c)(3) public charity (EIN 54-1948479) that places trained, certified, and insured Assistance Dogs with individuals with physical, neurological, psychological, and/or emotional disabilities, including civilians (including children, adolescents, and adults) through its paws4people Assistance Dog Placement Program, and Veterans, Service Members, and dependents of either through its paws4vets Assistance Dog Placement Program. paws4people was founded in 1999. Celebrating its 20th year, the paws4people organization has placed over 745 dogs in 25 states and Canada, with nationwide placement consideration.
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Educating and empowering people to utilize Assistance Dogs to transform their lives.