Lakeville-based Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs (PawPADs) has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support the training of an assistance dog, who will be a rescue, through a new program called Assistance Dog Education Program and Training (ADEPT) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
This grant was made possible through the Petco Foundation’s annual Helping Heroes fundraising campaign, in partnership with Natural Balance Pet Foods. Each October during the campaign, customers are invited to donate online and in Petco stores across the country to support the life-changing work of service, therapy and working animals.
The Petco grant will help PawPADs include rescue dogs in the inaugural semester of the ADEPT program and allow the program to impact more lives.
PawPADs is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to facilitate the power of the human-canine bond, and enhance the lives of others, through the process of training assistance dogs and placing them with people with disabilities. PawPADs’ programs address multiple needs within diverse populations including, but not limited to, youth at-risk, veterans, students at UWRF, people with disabilities and rescue organizations.
More information is at PawPADs.org.