When Golden PAWS was contacted by The Wasie Foundation as a future 2019 grant recipient, we were thrilled! The Wasie Foundation has distributed tens of millions of dollars in grants and scholarship funding since its inception in 1966 and Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs is honored to be a part of their continued generosity.
While the majority of our golden retrievers are placed with veterans, a small number will go on to change the life of a deserving child. Those cadets are identified initially by temperament and ultimately by appropriate stature and pertinent task training abilities.
The donation deadline for The Wasie Foundation – Grant Match Challenge is October 25th, 2019
Golden PAWS is completely dependent upon the generosity of private individuals, foundations and the community. Your support will make a profound impact for another young hero.
We have created life-changing partnerships for many deserving children over the years through the placement of a Golden PAWS dog. Please join us in sponsoring another amazing team by donating today!
Meet two of our Golden PAWS Teams!
Paxton & Birdie
Paxton was born with half a heart. Pediatric cardiologists would term his life expectancy as “short” but with courage and the loving support of his family, he survived multiple surgeries. The stress and anxiety associated with constant medical procedures began to take its toll and Paxton began to lose his strength to battle his physical condition.
He struggled to interact with others and express himself, seeming more and more lost. His mother reported that he would get anxious easily and had a hard time calming down.
After Paxton was partnered with Birdie, the therapeutic effects and comfort provided by his service dog began to reverse his growing inability to tolerate, and benefit from his treatments. On Birdie’s first visit to Paxton’s next appointment, she not only nudged her way into the examination room but climbed onto the table to be closer to him. Since then Birdie has become a constant in his very uncertain life.
Today, he has beaten the odds and with his service dog Birdie, he is able to navigate a complicated life that no child should ever have to face.
“I cannot begin to tell you how overjoyed I am for him or how he has literally not stopped talking about ‘his Birdie’. He is deceiving to look at in that you cannot tell how severe his defect is, but it is considered the worst heart defect one can have. Because Paxton is limited and will be limited even more as he grows and his heart gets weaker, while his siblings continue to flourish is especially why I prayed that this would happen for him.” – Jenny West (Paxton’s mom)
Saylor & DB
“Saylor’s Dad, Dan (active member of The United States Coast Guard), found out about Golden PAWS by doing research online regarding service dogs for kids with physical disabilities.
The day Saylor and DB were matched was such a special day. He came up to her and licked both of her legs then laid down next to her and didn’t leave her side. They were the perfect match from the moment they met.
We looked forward to the training every week with DB! It was a highlight of our week to spend time with him and (volunteer) Gina. DB was always responsive to Saylor and it was great to see the progression each week as they trained together.
The day he came to live with us, DB whined in his crate because he wanted to get out and be next to Saylor. Once he was up in bed with her, I realized that she felt warm and had a high grade fever. He knew she was sick before I did and wanted to comfort her! It was such a sweet moment. He is very calming to her and they enjoy lying in her room next to one another.
Saylor is very social and likes talking to people about DB! Before having a service dog, people (mostly kids) would come up to her and ask about what happened to her. Now that Saylor has DB by her side, people ask about him, which is a conversation she prefers to have.
Having a service dog is such a positive light in our lives. DB brings so much joy to Saylor and our family. He helps to lighten our hearts every day and especially during the struggles that can arise in a situation like ours.
Everyone associated with Golden PAWS gets to see first-hand what a difference these golden retrievers make in peoples’ lives. It is a blessing to the child and their family, but that blessing comes back full circle to the people who volunteer and donate by touching their lives because they had a part in making it all happen!” – Ronna Burgoyne (Saylor’s mom)