?PAWS with a Cause is a national charitable and non-profit organization, which trains dogs to assist the disabled. Since 49 million Americans are disabled in some way ? and only 3% of the disabled are blind ? these animals are more than just ‘seeing eye dogs. They are trained to help individuals with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injuries, epilepsy, hearing impairment, vision loss and a host of other disabilities. A disabled person seeking an assistance dog sends an application to PAWS, which then assesses the needs of the applicant. Once an applicant is accepted into the program, PAWS begins the fund-raising process to secure the financial support needed for the training of the assistance dog. Recipients of assistance dogs are not charged a fee of any kind; they are only encouraged to take an active role in the fund-raising process. Once the training is complete, full ownership of the assistance dog is transferred to the disabled recipient. If you are not disabled but want to help this commendable cause, you can enroll in the Foster Puppy Program to raise a puppy until it begins its assistance training. Contact PAWS WITH A CAUSE, National Headquarters, 4646 South Division, Wayland, MI 49348; 800-253-7297 or 616-877-7297; Fax: 616-877-0248; www.pawswithacause.org
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