Therapy Dogs by Phoenix Assistance Dogs

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Since 2009 we have fully trained and certified 6 full time working therapy dogs. Our therapy dogs do not provide the simple affection based therapy that is typically found in nursing homes and hospitals. Rather, our therapy dogs are a unique blend of assistance trained tasks and therapy connections. They work in schools for children with emotional and behavioral disabilities, Autism and IU13’s. They also work hands on with therapists providing private counseling sessions.

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Some of the tasks they are taught to do are (but are not limited to): Deep Pressure, Grounding, Nudge a Client on Command, Interrupt Self Harming or Repetitive Behavior, Escort Client From One Room to Another. All of our Therapy Dogs pass the same high standards Access Test that our Assistance Dogs are given before becoming certified, showing they are effective, safe and extremely well trained. These are not private individuals pet dogs. They are dogs that were raised and trained with the intent to be working Therapy Dogs. Many of them were released for medical conditions that disqualified them from being Assistance Dogs, but not Therapy Dogs!  Please contact us with any questions!

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PAD Creekside Kennel Irvine – Available For Adoption

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Irvine was donated to us at eight weeks of age by his breeder Creekside Kennel, with his littermate Gunner.  While Gunner is out going and enthusiastic, Irvine is reserved and timid.  He is being release from our assistance dog program due to this gentle cautious temperament.  Being in public worries him, as he never knows exactly what to expect.

Irvine will do best in a quiet home with adults only or kids over 13 years of age.  He makes great bonds with dogs but may take time learning to trust a new canine companion.  He is very laid back in his dog play and does wonderful with cats and other small animals.  Irvine loves to snuggle with his humans and would enjoy if his new family would be very affectionate with him.

Irvine has mild grain allergies and should be kept on a grain free diet.

He is quiet, house trained, crate trained, up to date on his vaccinations, microchipped and has a solid basic obedience foundation.   His adoption fee is $800, will come with his AKC documents and we will consider out of state adoptions.

To apply please email info@padcentral.org

Fundraising for PAD Gunner!

We are raising the funds to purchase one particular health guaranteed puppy to raise as our first potential stud dog, who will be the future of service dogs helping the disabled in our community. This 5 week old puppy, PAD Gunner, comes from generations of champion dogs ranging from obedience titles, show titles, and hunting titles.  Bred by Creekside Kennels in North Carolina.

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Each of these areas are uniquely important for an assistance dog stud. Champion obedience titles show a desire to learn and obey commands, while champion hunting titles show natural desire to retrieve and have a gentle mouth. Equally importantly, the champion show titles show solid physical stature which is crucial for pulling a wheelchair and mobility work. In addition, this puppy has multiple generations of health tests dogs in his background and comes with a solid “hip contract” meaning they guarantee his hips to be free of Degenerative Joint Disease.

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In order to continue meeting the needs of individuals living with a broad range of disabilities, we are working towards starting a small breeding program. This small breeding program will provide our program with puppies of suitable health and temperament in order for us to continue with our mission – to locate, raise and train dogs to provide greater independence to individuals living with a broad range of disabilities as well as to mentor and teach individuals that are training an assistance dog either for themselves or for a loved one. To read more about our program, and what sets us apart from other assistance dog programs please go to our website.

Our fundraising goal covers:

Puppy cost
Flight for pick up and delivery
Veterinary costs for 2 years
Basic Training Gear
Quality dog food for 2 years
Hip, Elbow and Health Clearances at 2

To contribute, please go to our FundRazr page! Or email us at info [at] padcentral.org for alternative ways to contribute, more information, or with questions!

Looking Towards The Future

After years of focusing solely on rescue and shelter puppies/dogs, we have decided to begin working with very small, highly devoted breeders to grow our program.  We don’t take breeding lightly, and will continue to always work closely with the community to bring in suitable puppies and dogs from our local shelters, rescues and as in the past, even test dogs within families that are in need of placing them.  Unfortunately, the dogs within the community that are suitable for assistance dog work are hard to come by and our waiting list for assistance dogs is growing by the month.  So in order to meet the needs of our local individuals with disabilities we have made this choice to begin working with breeders.  We do not have any specific breeding plans currently, but wanted to share the news with you as you are sure to see some changes in the future!

PAD Davy’s Fundraiser

PAD Davy visited our wonderful veterinarians today because we were concerned with one of his eyes.  Our team was very disheartened to learn that sweet Davy has entropion in one of his eyes that requires surgery.  Thankfully, the veterinarians are positive that with surgery, PAD Davy will be able to continue training with PAD and have no lasting affects!  If you’d like to read about entropion, you can click here.

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PAD Davy’s medication prior to surgery (scheduled for 2/19/13), surgery itself, and post op medications will be approximately $1,500.   Please consider making a small donation to help Davy get back to his training!  You can donate by clicking below or email us (info[at]padcentral.org) if you’d like to donate directly to the veterinary clinic!

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Breed: Labradoodle
Interests:
  • Snuggling
  • Making eye contact with his big brown eyes
  • Playing with PAD Kingsley
Favorite Treats:
  • Freeze Dried Chicken
  • Two Pups Pastries (carob anything)
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Growing Puppy Program!

Our waiting list of partners in need of a life saving fully trained assistance dog is growing, which means we need to grow the size of our Puppy Program!  Before we begin the search for more puppies, we need to recruit and train valuable volunteer Puppy Trainers!  Please consider how allowing a puppy to come into your home for approximately 2 years can change someones life forever!

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Online AUCTION Starts TONIGHT!

Our incredible Online ONLY Auction begins at midnight tonight! For the complete information and rules go here!

On our Facebook fanpage we’ve announced one of the larger items each day, leading up to today!  Incase you missed the announcements, the items are:

These are just 3 of more than 60 items to benefit our dogs in training, like PAD Dexter!The auction begins on our Facebook fanpage tonight at MIDNIGHT!

 

24 Online Auction!

We will be hosting our first ever Online Auction to benefit our training program! The auction will run for 24 hours, beginning at 12:00am Thursday, November 15th and ending promptly at 12:00am Friday, November 16th.


The auction will be a Facebook photo album on our fanpage (www.facebook.com/padcentral). Each auction item will have an individual photo. To bid on the item you will post your bid as a comment on the photo of the item you wish to bid on.

There will be a minimum bid set for each item, posted as the first bid/comment under each item.At 12:00am, Friday November 16th a moderator will comment on each item CLOSING it and stating who the winner is.

ADDITIONAL NEWS!!

The highest 50 winning bidders (on 50 individual items) will also receive:

-1 gift certificate for $50 off of any new session booked with Beth Cardwell Photography

-1 gift certificate for $25 off of Nannies At Your Service

PAYMENTS
All items must be paid in full within 24 hours. We will accept PayPal, the only exception is for locally delivered payments in cash or check (local payment still must be paid within 24 hours). $4.00 shipping fee added to the total bid for each item, unless otherwise stated in specific item description.

SHIPPING
All orders will be shipped USPS priority mail, unless otherwise specified on the specific item. Shipping confirmations will be sent. We reserve 5 business days to mail each item. (remember, we are a small program and will do our best to mail them on Friday!)

If you have any questions regarding the auction or the rules regarding the auction please private message or email us info@padcentral.org

AUCTION RULES:

We will have 2 to 3 moderators for the auction to help manage all posts and bids. We encourage everyone that plans to bid to send us (Phoenix Assistance Dogs) a private message or email with your Full Name, Address, and Phone Number to help expedite shipping.

Do not bid if you do not have the finances to back up your bid.

All items will have a $4.00 shipping fee (to be added to the highest bid). No exceptions unless otherwise stated in the item descriptions.

Whole dollar bids ideal but not required.

No bids outside of the USA please.

Bids must be paid in full within 24 hours or preceding bidder will be announced as winner.

Bids to be paid by PayPal, unless locally delivered in cash or check (local payment still must be paid within 24 hours).

Moderators will use Facebook’s timestamp to determine which bid is the winner. Moderates have final say, no exceptions.

Auction will run for 24 hours, and begins at 12:00am Thursday, November 15th and ends promptly at 12:00am Friday, November 16th.

PAYMENTS
All items must be paid in full within 24 hours. We will accept PayPal, the only exception is for locally delivered payments in cash or check (local payment still must be paid within 24 hours). $4.00 shipping fee added to the total bid for each item, unless otherwise stated in specific item description.

SHIPPING
All orders will be shipped USPS priority mail, unless otherwise specified on the specific item. Shipping confirmations will be sent. We reserve 5 business days to mail each item. (remember, we are a small program and will do our best to mail them on Friday!)

If you have any questions regarding the auction or the rules regarding the auction please private message or email us info@padcentral.org