Working Animals Giving Service For Kids: Changing Lives
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$5,000 Provides in-home transition training for a child & their service dog
Interested in naming a future W.A.G.S. service dog tohonor a special occasion or a loved one?Please email: firstname.lastname@example.orgA donation of $5,000 or more will name a dogand change a child's life.$2,500
Will pay for 1 month of inmate staff training.
Will allows us to select & buy a puppy to be trained & placed with a child.
Will purchase a puppy's first year of shots & heartworm preventative care.
Will provide a spay or neuter to a future friend for life.
Will buy 1 new dog crate.
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W.A.G.S. 4 Kids 112 East Center St. Berea, OH 44017
Jazzy was an Aussie Collie mix, a rescue pup, who came to Eric Brown from the Aussie Rescue and Placement Helpline (ARPH) about 12 years ago. Although a mix Jazzy looked the tri-colored rough collie. He was a joy from the very beginning sweet, smart, handsome, endless energy and oh so eager to please. He breezed through his Canine Good Citizenship testing with nary a doubt. For 11 years he was a constant companion and the perfect dog (if you don’t count a few thousand pounds of shedded collie fur and a few extra barks and I trust me I don’t count those.) After an extended illness, it was time to grant Jazzy a graceful exit.
To honor the illustrious Jasper, "In Memory of Jazzy" succeeded in raising over $5,000 by Christmas Day 2013 for W.A.G.S 4 Kids, a wonderful organization that works to help kids with disabilities get service dogs to help them handle some of the challenges they face.
All funds raised allowed W.A.G.S 4 Kids to pay for all medical care provided by Big Creek Pet Hospital for all 2013 dogs in training.
I know that many can relate to the pain of Eric's loss. I’m reminded that the love of a pet owner is often and (at least) quadrupled by the return love of a pet.
To donate directly to Jazzy's Health Fund and continue to contribute to Jazzy's memory and the love and care of our dogs, click below.Thank You!
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Fox 8 Morning Show
Posted on: 11:25 am, June 19, 2013, by Darren Sweeney
Did you know it costs more than $15,000 to provide a service dog for a child in need?
That’s where W.A.G.S. 4 Kids comes in.
The organization is the only one of its kind that places dogs exclusively with children up to the age of 16. All applicants must provide physician verification of disability as protected by the American with Disabilities Act.
All of W.A.G.S.’ dogs begin their training in a structured “cell dog” training program with a select group of inmates at The North Central Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio.
The W.A.G.S. 4 Kids fundraiser “Cleveland Have a Heart Bachelor Raffle” is Wednesday, June 26th at Wilbert’s on E. Huron Avenue. Click here for information.
Click here to learn how you can donate or foster a future service dog.
Nick Walczak meets his future service dog behind bars
6:57 PM, Jun 24, 2013 | 4 commentsMonica Robins
MARION -- For the past several months, Turner's been an inmate at the North Central Correctional Complex.
Behind barbed wire he's learning skills to carry him through life.
But Turner doesn't have a prison number. He has four legs and fur and soon he'll be Nick Walczak's friend to freedom. Walczak survived the Chardon High School shootings back on Feb. 27, 2012.
Turner is a Golden Retriever who is being trained by inmates specifically for Nick's needs.
Related story: W.A.G.S. 4 Kids Inmates with time training service dogs
He's one of six dogs in the program where 11 inmates rotate the dogs and train them for W.A.G.S. 4 Kids -- an organization that trains and matches service dogs that provide therapeutic, emotional and physical support for children with disabilities and their families.
Each dog is specially chosen as a puppy to be trained for a child. W.A.G.S. 4 Kids is a non-profit organization that survives solely on donations.
Each family is asked to have a fundraiser to help "Pay it Forward," not for their dog, but for the next one to go to a child in need.
These animals can cost up to $16,000 to train and care for. Each inmate approved for the program is trained by a professional.
Training the dog can take nearly two years. W.A.G.S. 4 Kids covers the cost of all veterinary needs, food, supplies and training. The professional trainers often travel two hours or more to the prison to meet with the inmates and help train the dogs.
The dogs are rotated through the inmates so they learn to take commands from different types of people. It's also to help prevent bonding between inmate and dog.
To donate to W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, including specifically for Nick's fund, click HERE.
The organization is also having a charity fundraiser Wednesday, June 26.
Working Animals Giving Service 4 Kids (W.A.G.S. 4 Kids) is calling all of Cleveland's fun, single, charity-minded men and women to attend Cleveland "Have a Heart" Charity Bachelor Auction at Wilbert's in downtown Cleveland on Wednesday, June 26from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
This fun and unique event will introduce 25 of Cleveland's most eligible, single men being auctioned off for a custom date.
Click HERE for more information about the event. You don't have to be single to attend.
W.A.G.S. 4 Kids: Inmates with time training service dogs
12:09 AM, Jun 25, 2013 | 0 commentsMonica Robins
MARION -- Some of them are murderers, but all of them are behind bars because of a crime they've committed. But nine of them are using that time to give back to society and make a difference in a child's life.
W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, a non-profit charity organization trains and matches service dogs that provide therapeutic, emotional and physical support for children with disabilities and their families.
Related story: Nick Walczak meets his future service dog behind bars
They survive on donations and each family that gets a dog is asked to hold a fundraiser, not to pay for their dog, but to pay it forward, and pay for the dog that will go to the next child in need.
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