Paws For Life USA has been hit hard mainly because the majority of our Service Dog handlers have medical related disabilities they cannot leave and we cannot go to their homes just in case of any cross contamination.
We have many handlers who are out of State and travel to our location in East Cobb, but due to the “Shelter In Home” requirements, flight interruptions and basically having nowhere to safely stay, eat or lack of public locations to train in, that before COVID-19 would have provided us our outdoor distractions, has brought us to almost a screeching halt.
All of this impacts our fundraising abilities, being able to be out in the community, events that we would have been attending have been canceled, school fundraising projects designed to help a Veteran have been put on hold and we at this point do not know if we will be able to put all these back into place or how fundraising will be altered by the pandemic. The donations we receive, enables Paws For Life USA to support those in our program or indeed those who wish to start the program but who are financially unable to do so. We provide the dog with a home, food, medical and training, but our financial ability to help is drying up. Our own operations have been affected as without support we are struggling to operate the school, feed the dogs we currently have in the Puppy Raiser homes and maintain as many training sessions as possible. We are experiencing hardship for both human and animal life.
We have temporarily suspended our Pet Partners of Cobb County therapy teams at a time when people could really use a visit from a loving and friendly therapy dog face. We are not able to continue with evaluations as volunteers cannot commit to come to the class to participate, many of whom are over 60 and we do not wish to compromise their health. We have training sessions for those who are healthy outside their home or have one on one sessions at our East Cobb School which we Sanitize daily and are able to maintain the necessary health code distances.
We sent out challenges through our web site and email for our service dogs and their handlers to work on at home and receive video’s and emails documenting their achievements. Our therapy teams have the ability where possible to set up video sessions for the locations that they visit frequently, enabling a few people to have face time with a dog they know, bringing some stability and friendliness in what could be a lonely day for those in nursing or assisted living facilities that have been tightly locked down for weeks. We are working to make our existing service and therapy dog teams challenge themselves, learn something new and find ways to communicate and adapt to what we hope will be a temporary moment in life.
Please consider supporting Paws For Life USA by giving a gift that will help our service dogs and their handlers.
Please remembe, your gift is tax deductible!