Helping Paws, Inc.
630 12th Ave S, Hopkins, MN, 55343-7821
Distance: 1062 Miles
Provides trained service dogs, or funding for service dogs, that help a person with mobility, independence and/or communication
Matches a person with a physical disability or a veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with a highly trained service dog
- Private pay
- Adults with disabilities
- Physical disabilities
Persons with physical disabilities or a veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and are looking to use a service dog:
* Be a minimum of 10 years of age and have a physical disability other than loss of vision or loss of hearing.
* Be financially able to take full responsibility for a dog, including, but not limited to, dog food and veterinary care. Costs such as annual vaccinations, additional veterinary needs, dog food and dog "toys" may run upwards of $1,000 per year.
* Be able to physically take full responsibility for a dog, or have someone designated and able, to address this responsibility.
* Demonstrate through the application process that a service dog would assist in daily living tasks and help the applicant maintain or increase independence.
* Be able to attend the three-week Team Training course held at the Helping Paws training center.
* Be willing to participate in follow-up training.
The applicant's home environment should be stable (without any major changes) during the first year following placement of a service dog. Yearly follow-up interviews are required with the Helping Paws Graduate Follow-up Coordinator.
Applicants and graduates are not required to participate in fundraising or public relations activities in support of Helping Paws.
Fees vary. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee. At the time of Team Training, there is a $300 equipment fee.
This provider does not offer this service at other locations.
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LR-7950.5000-500Mobility Assistance Service Dogs Definition
Programs that provide and train recipients in the use of service dogs who have been taught to pick up dropped items, carry backpacks for books and other valuables, operate light switches, push elevator buttons, ring doorbells, open and close doors, pull wheelchairs up hills or over curbs and provide other types of personal assistance for people with physical disabilities who have limited mobility. Some mobility assistance dogs serve as "walker dogs" who steady Parkinson’s patients and people recovering from an injury while walking. If the individual falls, the dog may also be trained to act as a brace to help the person regain their feet.
YF-5000.0500-650Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Definition
A disorder affecting individuals who have experienced a psychologically traumatizing event which is characterized by reexperiencing the event through recurrent and intrusive recollections or dreams of the event, or the sudden feeling that the event was recurring; numbing of responsiveness or reduced involvement with the external world beginning sometime after the trauma; and/or one or a combination of other symptoms including hyperalertness or exaggerated startle response, sleep disturbance, guilt about surviving if others have not, memory or concentration impairment, avoidance of memories that recall the trauma and intensification of symptoms when exposed to events that symbolize or resemble the trauma.
YF-6500Physical Disabilities Definition
Any of a variety of conditions that may be due to muscular, skeletal or neuromuscular disorders, paralysis or absence of one or more limbs, which impose physical limitations on the individual.