Working Animals Giving Service For Kids: Changing Lives
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Provides in-home transition training for a child & their service dog
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Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A donation of $5,000 or more will name a dogand change a child's life.Click Here to Donate: $2,500
Will pay for 1 month of inmate staff training.
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Will allows us to select & buy a puppy to be trained & placed with a child.
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Will purchase a puppy's first year of shots & heartworm preventative care.
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Will provide a spay or neuter to a future friend for life.
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Will buy 1 new dog crate.
Mail Donations to:W.A.G.S. 4 Kids112 East Center St.Berea, OH 44017
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WAGS 4 Kids On 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 WAGS 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 WAGS’ 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 WAGS 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: WAGS 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 WAGS 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. WAGS 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. WAGS 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 WAGS 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 (WAGS 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.
WAGS 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.
WAGS 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.
The work of W.A.G.S.4Kids is made possible by donations from individuals, civic groups, and corporation. Please take the opportunity to help us thank our sponsors with your patronage.
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