Upcoming Bark-A-Thon Helps Paws With A Cause Train Assistance Dogs

A lot of time and money goes into raising a puppy into a full-blown assistance dog.

Paws With A Cause is a national nonprofit in West Michigan that provides custom trained dogs for people with disabilities. Dogs are given to clients free of charge all across the country thanks to generous donations—and a new opportunity to donate is coming up.

From seizure response dogs to service dogs for children with autism, it costs about $30,000 to provide one dog for someone, and that includes raising, training, veterinary and transportation costs.

That’s why $30,000 is the goal amount to raise for the non-profit’s upcoming Bark-A-Thon on Thursday!

Public relations and social media coordinator Cara Conway says there are a couple of ways people can get involved. Donate, or volunteer.

“We are encouraging listeners to call in and donate whatever they can towards our $30,000 goal,” Conway says. “We’re trying to sponsor one client-dog team in one day. You guys can make the difference and help us out.”

She stopped by with one of their Paws employees, a fully-trained assistance dog named Windsor.

Anyone who hopes to donate can call (616) 877-7297 between 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. For more information about the organization and how to volunteer, head to pawswithacause.org.

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