PADS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP GIVE THE GIFT OF INDEPENDENCE THIS CHRISTMAS
PADS is looking for people to help give the gift of independence this Christmas by volunteering their time as puppy-raisers. PADS’ puppy-raisers play a pivotal role in matching as many dogs with clients as possible. Responsible for up to the first two years of a puppy-in-training’s career, being a puppy-raiser is one of the most fulfilling ways to make a difference in someone else’s life.
This year PADS has bred and trained a record number of puppies, in response to growing demand for assistance dogs. Over the past year, PADS has placed dogs with clients in a variety of working roles from service and hearing dogs with people with physical disabilities to accredited facility dogs that work with victim service teams or in schools. Even with the growing number of dogs moving through the training program, PADS’ wait list for applicants looking for an assistance dog remains closed.
The Gulf Island Litter is turning 8 weeks old today, and the puppies are excited to meet the world and begin their working careers. Including this litter, there are approximately 10 puppies that will be needing raisers between now and Christmas.
Volunteers of America Texas is a Ministry of Service dedicated to helping the vulnerable to reach their full potential. VOA Texas serves more than 7,000 individuals and families each year by providing a better quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, fostering independence for seniors, serving homeless veterans, providing job training to low in-come individuals and second chances to people re-entering society from prison.