Isaac’s Community Night Fundraiser

On 7/5/17, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., Isaac’s Restaurant (Lititz location) will host a fundraiser to aid Phoenix Assistance Dogs of Central PA. Bring your family and friends to enjoy great food, while supporting PAD! Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total cost of your meal will go directly toward the the training and care of Phoenix Assistance Dogs’ in training! Each Assistance Dog costs $20,000 to train but PAD only charges the disabled partner $1,000! Help us by dining out with the flier below:

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PAD’s Training Staff

Katie Watterson raised her first service dog puppy with UDS in 1999. She took various continuing education classes in dog behavior and training as well as her vast experience being a veterinary nurse from 1997-2016. Katie also taught puppy socialization and basic obedience classes from 2002-2010. Lastly, Katie has bred numerous litters and is the owner of Atlas, the stud to the Seaside Treasures!

<Jane Schappell raised 7 Seeing Eye puppies over about 9 years, then found clicker training. She was lucky enough to have well-known clicker trainer, Ali Brown, close by. She attended many of her various clicker classes with several dogs through which she had two of those dogs certified as Therapy Dogs. Her most recent training experience was raising/training PAD Marcus and she really enjoyed doing his advanced training. Jane also attended Clicker Expo in 2015.

2016 End of Year Donations

 

As 2016 comes to a close, many individuals are deciding who to make their end of the year donations to.  All of us at Phoenix Assistance Dogs would be honored if you chose us for your donation.  We are a small federal non-profit (27-1914137) and our mission is to locate and train puppies to become assistance dogs for individuals living with a broad range of disabilities, who are unable to train their own assistance dogs. Highly trained assistance dogs provide greater independence in the lives of those individuals living with disabilities. PAD also assists individuals in finding and training their own assistance dogs if they desire to train their own dog.  In 2016 we had many wonderful placements we want to share with you!

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Nick and ESA PAD Nantucket & Jonathon and ESA PAD Athena

Spring 2016 held two special Emotional Support Animal placements.  PAD Nantucket and PAD Athena both work in home providing daily emotional support for their partners.  Depression, anxiety, autism and other disabilities can lead someone to want the comfort and companionship of an Emotional Support Animal.  PAD’s ESA’s are trained to <CGC standards or higher and provide constant emotional support in their partners home.

This summer PAD Marcus and PAD Fisher started their assistance dog partnerships with two young women.  After their basic training, they completed Advanced Training where they perfected more than 30 cues and learned all of the necessary tasks they’d use to help their partners.  Team Training began on August 1st for Leah and PAD Marcus and Charlotte and PAD Fisher.  This intensive 15 day comprehensive training taught the teams to work together safely both at home and in public!  At the end of Team Training both teams had to pass our Public Access Certification which they will retake to continue to ensure the teams effectiveness and safety!

Leah and PAD Marcus are back in Laguna Niguel, California and just attended a multi day <EDS conference together!

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Charlotte and PAD Fisher

Your end of year donation will go directly towards our future placements and is fully tax deductible.  We are 100% volunteer based and strive to keep costs very low for our teams.  Raising 1 Assistance Dog costs PAD $15,000 but each partner only pays $1,000!

  • $5- cost of training treats
  • $10- cost of bowls for new puppy in training
  • $15 – cost of one vaccine
  • $20 -cost of leash and collar for new dog in training
  • $25- cost of heartworm and flea and tick for a month for a dog in training
  • $50- cost of food for a puppy in training for a month
  • $200 for cost of hip X-rays for dog in training
  • $ any amount will help towards vet bills

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Monday is Cyber Monday Online Auction with 175+ items!

Kick Start Your Holiday Shopping!

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This Monday is our annual Cyber Monday Online Auction with over 175 incredible items to bid on!

Join us online (www.facebook.com/padcentral) this Monday from 11am to 11pm to shop!  Shopping is easy, simply post your bid with you email address as a comment on the photo!  And 100% of proceeds benefit Phoenix Assistance Dogs of Central PA and are fully tax deductible!

We have incredible items from Burt’s Bees, Benebone, Starbucks, Troeg’s Brewery, and so much more!

Isaac’s Community Night Fundraiser!

On 6/1/16, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., Isaac’s Restaurant & Deli (Lititz location) will host a fundraiser to aid Phoenix Assistance Dogs of Central PA. Bring your family and friends to enjoy great food, while supporting PAD! Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total cost of your meal will go directly toward the the training and care of Phoenix Assistance Dogs’ in training! Each Assistance Dog costs $20,000 to train but PAD only charges the disabled partner $1,000! Help us by dining out with the flier below!

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Team Training 2016!

Now, PAD Marcus (Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever cross bred by PAD) and PAD Fisher (Labradoodle, bred and donated by breeder Goode Life Poodles) are preparing for their forever partners! They are both matched with young women in manual wheelchairs, who will begin Team Training on August 1st, 2016!

<They will spend the next 4 months in Advanced Training, mastering tasks such as: retrieving items, opening doors, pulling manual wheelchairs, bracing transfers and so much more.  We are working hard every day to train these tasks, including tasks in their required, specialized mobility harnesses <http://boldleaddesigns.com/shop/mobility-support-harness-for-brace-and-balance-stability-assistance/ and must learn to work in these incredible harnesses.  No other harness is made with the canine body in mind!

<Additional costs are retrieving items, training treats, training outings, and most costly – Team Training!  Each partner receives a placement kit with dog food, monthly preventative medications, grooming gear, and leashes, treat bag, toys, and SO much more!

We have applied for numerous grants but Advanced Training and Team Training must be funded NOW for Marcus and Fisher to be ready for their partners!  Your donation will directly fund the final phase of training and placement for these 2 incredible dogs!

Your donation will directly support our need to cover their final phase of training, and Team Training!  Some ways your support will help:

  • $10 1 bag of high quality training treats
  • $15 1 bottle of ear cleaner

  • $25 1 month Flea & Tick Prevention

  • $30 1 treat bag

  • $35 1 month Heartworm Prevention

  • $60 1 month of high quality dog food

  •  $500 1 mobility support harness

You can donate directly via PayPal via the link on our homepage, or through Razoo!

When Action Meets Compassion, Lives change.

Updates: PAD Nantucket and Athena began working with their partners in March and April 2016.  They are making a huge difference in their lives every day for them.  PAD Nantucket is working with a young man with prolonged, complex depression.  PAD Athena is working with a young man with Autism.  They are living in Reading, PA and Atlantic City, NJ!  

 

PAD’s Patriots

 

We are proud to announce PAD’s Patriots – assistance dogs for the dedicated U.S. Military Veterans that live with disabilities.  Whether the Veteran is living with a physical disability or PTSD, all of us at PAD are grateful for their service and want to give back by providing them with a highly trained assistance dog.

 


Disabled Veterans receive their PAD Patriot assistance dog for only $500 and are always placed at the top of the waiting list.  If you know of a veteran in need, feel free to direct them to our website.

 

PAD’s Patriots can be trained to:

  • Open/Close Doors
  • Enter a room & Turn on Lights
  • Locate Help
  • Search for & Guide to Exit
  • Search for & Guide to Vehicle
  • Retrieve Medication
  • Much, much more!