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 < 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 Davy


PAD Davy is an incredible  7 month old Labradoodle puppy, who was donated by the wonderful breeder Bad Company Labradoodles.  For those of you that know PAD Charming Charlie, the same breeder graciously donated him, too!  After volunteer trainers Alicia Gautille and Laura Stumpf tested his litter, he was chosen and began training in PAD’s small puppy program.  PAD Davy Jones’ Locker (named after the pirate because he was donated on National Talk Like a Pirate Day)  is learning the necessary skills to become a solid working dog.  Around 1 year he will meet any potential partners on our waiting list, and be preliminarily matched with the most suited partner.  Once matched he will be trained for the specific needs which could be: pulling a manual wheelchair, alerting to sounds, retrieving out of reach items and more!

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

PAD Beamer is an incredible  8 month old Golden Retriever puppy, who was tested and pulled from a rescue in PA in order to begin assistance dog training with his teenage owner trainer.  Beamer is learning the necessary skills to become a Hearing Dog and is excelling in all areas.  His owner trainer is a senior in high school and volunteers with Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue in her spare time!

Breed: Golden Retriever
  • Training
  • Playing with his “sister”
  • Getting the puppy crazies
Favorite Treats:
  • Lick Stick!
  • High value kibble
  • Chicken
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PAD Macchiato

PAD Kingsley

Breed: Cream Standard Poodle
  • Snuggling
  • Flinging Fleece Tug Toys
  • Splashing About in the Pool
Favorite Treats:
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PAD Charming Charlie




PAD Charming Charlie was donated to PAD by his breeder, Bad Company Labradoodles. Bad Company Labradoodles have been breeding Labradoodles since the early 90’s and have had many become therapy and service dogs with individual trainers and service dog programs. Charlie, now one old is a therapy dog at a private counseling practice.  He has been adopted by one of the dedicated therapists there and is doing wonderful in this career!  PAD Charlie is pictured [left] with Sarah Taby, his certified therapy handler.


Breed: Labradoodle
  • Snuggling
  • Daily Routine
  • Eating
  • Playing “hide and seek” a game he gets to search for his trainer and earn treats when he finds her!
Favorite Treats:
  • Two Pups Pastries
  • Soup Bones
  • Mother Hubbard Treats
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PAD Ambassador Biscotti

PAD’s Godiva’s Biscotti “Scotti” has been honorably donated to our training program in loving memory of Linda Lou Witmer by the family of Nicole Conner.  PAD Biscotti has been selected for our Ambassador Dog program.  As a PAD ambassador, Biscotti’s role is to attend events, educate the public about assistance dogs and the laws surrounding them, and also meet any new partners waiting for a program assistance dog and work with them while they learn better canine handling skills, how to use the help of an assistance dog, and even practice their canine grooming skills!


Breed: Labrador Retriever (chocolate)


  • Working for treats
  • Getting snuggles from people and dogs
  • Chasing dog friends outside

Favorite Treats:

  • Wellness Just For Puppy Treats
  • Kibble

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PAD Dundee

Dundee was donated to PAD by <Animal Lifeline, located in York Springs, PA. ¬†He was raised in Lititz, PA by founder of PAD, Linzey Zoccola, her mom Gail Diem, and a handful of dedicated volunteer trainers. ¬†Dundee was preliminarily matched with his partner in the summer of 2011. ¬†Laurel is a young woman living in Metro Detroit, MI area with multiple disabilities. ¬†She needed a dog that would be able to provide a variety of tasks from medical alerting to balance work. ¬†October 2011 Laurel and Dundee finally met and it was love at first sight. ¬†PAD Dundee instantly attached himself at her side and has been there ever since. ¬†In just a few short months he’s begun to alert her of rises in her blood pressure and heart rate, asthma related episodes, and also provide uniquely timed grounding to calm her through medical episodes. ¬†These are all tasks on top of the counter balance work he provides during walking, and retrieving objects off of the ground or on counters out of reach! ¬†We are eager to watch this team grow in the future as their bond only strengthens!

Breed: Australian Shepherd Mixed Breed: Aussie, Irish Wolfhound, Italian Greyhound, Keyshond, Swedish Vallhund

  • Getting to the bottom of the toy bin
  • Stealing all of the bones
  • Cuddling and playing with my best friend (a cat named Vincent)
  • Going in public with mom
Favorite Treats:

  • String Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Anything STINKY!
Favorite Links:

More Posts on Dundee: Here

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PAD Sanuk

PAD Sanuk is being trained by his owners to provide assistance to his handlers who are both therapists in schools that are for boys living with behavioral disabilities.  Sanuk is being trained to provide tactile stimulation, interrupt inappropriate behavior, and get help among many other tasks.

Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Meeting new people, especially when people greet him in public
  • Car rides
  • Playing with his famous sister Ripple
  • Going to school
  • Hiking & biking
  • Chewing anything he can get his teeth into
Favorite Treats:
  • Soup Bones
  • Soup Bones
  • Big Soup Bones
  • Vegetables
  • Turkey lunch meat (for power treats!)
Favorite Links:

More Posts on Sanuk: Here

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