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PAWS WITH A CAUSE® 40th Anniversary Celebration

Jun 03, 2019 12:54PM ● By WLMagazine


On June 22 from 11 a.m. — 2 p.m., Paws With A Cause- invites you to join them at their national headquarters in Wayland to celebrate 40 years of enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities through custom-trained Assistance Dogs.

At the open house, visitors will learn about the organization’s incredible beginning as founders Michael D. Sapp Sr. and Antoinette (Candye) Sapp went the extra mile to help their friends Marty and Dianne Jansen, who had total hearing loss. Michael trained the Jansen’s terrier to alert them to the sound of their newly-adopted baby crying, allowing them to find independence in parenthood. Today, Paws With A Cause trains service dogs for people with physical disabilities, seizure response dogs, hearing dogs and service dogs for children with autism.

They have placed thousands of assistance dogs with clients in need, and as of 2018 have 420 active client-dog teams across the nation.

The open house welcomes the public to tour the facilities, which includes a training apartment where dogs learn dozens of tasks, including alerting to sounds, retrieving dropped items, pulling up bed covers, opening doors, turning off lights and more. PAWS® Assistance Dogs and their trainers will be onsite to show off their incredible skills to visitors. Attendees will also have the chance to become familiar with each PAWS department, learn how to get involved with their life-changing work, meet the organization’s newly hired CEO Michele Suchovsky and hear what they have in store for the next
40 years. We hope to see you there for a PAWsome good time! 

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What: Paws With A Cause 40th Anniversary Open House
When: June 22, 11 a.m.—2 p.m.
Where: PAWS National Headquarters, 4646 Division Ave S, Wayland, MI
Cost: Free

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