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Team Richardson update

Paul and Jasper the dog ran 10k in aid of PAWS! They have raised a huge £380 through their Justgiving site: Paul and Jasper completed their run in 51 minutes 43 secs! Here are some snaps from before, during and after. Both looked very professional in their matching Dogs for the Disabled running t-shirts, [...]

£1000 donation

We would like to say a big thank you to Stratford Dog Training Club for their donation of £1000 to PAWS. We went along to accept the cheque and saw a few familiar faces which was lovely. We also explained to club members what the money was going towards and how the PAWS service works. [...]

Celebrating World Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. As we know, dogs can have a dramatic effect on children with autism, providing a calming focus and offering the chance of new life-changing opportunities. In celebration of World Autism Awareness Day, please share our short film about our PAWS research and help spread the word about how dogs can [...]

Paul and Jasper’s Richmond 10k Run

Vickie Richardson attended our PAWS workshops back in 2012 shortly after their daughter Phoebe was diagnosed with autism and later went on to get Jasper, a Spaniel cross Toy Poodle. Vickie and her family have been very supportive of PAWS, Phoebe even helped make a video about how autism affects her and about her PAWS [...]

What animals can teach us: networking event on 28th May

People and Animals – Out of the classroom: what animals can teach us. A Networking Event, hosted by Dogs Helping Kids, Hereford Community Farm and Dogs for the Disabled. When: Wednesday 28th May, 9.30am to 4pm (with the opportunity to attend evening networking dinner from 6pm) Where: Southmead Primary School, Wrafton Road, Braunton, Devon. EX33 2BU [...]

PAWS stars at European Pet Night

European Pet Night took place in Brussels yesterday with both Katie Bristow-Wade, PAWS Project Team Leader, and Helen McCain, Dogs for the Disabled’s Director of Training, attending. Over 100 people gathered in the BELvue Gallery next to the Royal Palace in Brussels to hear Helen present the work of PAWS in both the UK and the [...]

Poppy taking the lead in life skills

Our teenage son Christian suffers with Aspergers syndrome and OCD, and for the past few years we have been part of the PAWS (parents autism workshops and support) programme. We already owned Obi who has been amazing for Christian and we could never replace him. However, as Christian has grown we have realised there are [...]

Aftercare workshops

Those of you that are already existing PAWS parents will know that after the workshops we also offer aftercare. We are doing a few aftercare dog training workshops this year, giving you the opportunity to bring your dog along and try out some of the more advanced tasks we discuss on the workshops. So if [...]

Happy Christmas from PAWS

The PAWS Team would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas Many thanks to Karen for the photo of their dog Lily in her Santa hat, We are looking forward to 2014 and meeting future PAWS parents.

PAWS 2013 in photos

It has been another great year for PAWS. We are thrilled that there are now over 500 families supported by the PAWS service. We often have photos sent in by parents and we wanted to share just a few of our favourites. We wish you a happy Christmas and look forward to supporting more families [...]