Month: May 2017

Dogs (Still) Making a Difference

“What happens to dogs who leave the program?” is a fair question people direct toward Helping Paws. Sometimes health issues arise for the dogs or a young dog’s personality fits a different career than the one-on-one focus required for a service dog. No matter the reason, very often the people-pleasing Golden or Labrador Retrievers move on […]

Written by on May 3, 2017

They Needed Each Other: Our First Veteran/Service Dog Team

The following story appeared in CityDogs Magazine in March, 2017. We appreciate CityDogs permission to reproduce it here.  Six-year old Golden Retriever Jed and his human handler pal Carl Ringberg were the first graduates of a Helping Paws Veterans with PTSD program designed to train assistance dogs to help veterans affected with Post Traumatic Stress […]

Written by on May 3, 2017

Community Care, Community Action

Helping Paws staff and volunteers provide continuing outreach services and care to graduates and the community at large. A brief list of recent events follows. Graduate Teams Saturday. Fourteen graduates came from near and far to enjoy complimentary dog grooming, lunch, and hear Dr. Jen Quast from Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital speak on caring […]

Written by on May 3, 2017

Triple Play! Meet the Loyal, Music, and Nice Litters

  Three litters of new puppies are making the Helping Paws scene! We know pictures speak louder than words, so here are the Loyal (Chester x Karma, born March 28), Music (Teller x Augustina, born April 7) and Nice (Briggs x Lanie, born April 16) Litters. Our thanks to Caretaker Homes Jill Rovner, Gloria and David Sather, and Susan […]

Written by on May 1, 2017