The W.A.G.S. 4 Kids Partner Placement Scholarship Fund
When you give to the Partner Placement Scholarship Fund, you support ALL of our Kids in Need, who may be stuck in the trenches and unable to cross the finish line. W.A.G.S. Scholarship Fund is authorized to make an annual contribution supporting grants for Kids In Need to cross the fundraising finish line towards their service dog for life.
Along with a readiness to return to normal is an eagerness to spread joy and cheer amongst friends and neighbors, embracing our inner “elves” to partake in the season’s magic and spirit of giving, bringing out a little extra kindness in all of us. That kindness, I’m happy to say has known no boundaries this year, as those who succeeded have offered a helping hand to those who struggle and cheer their success.
This little village that we built together, 17 years ago, has pulled together paying it forward all year long. You came out in droves to break bread with us at The Mac ‘n’ Cheese Throwdown (returning to Public Hall in April 2022!). You were heroes at the Wonder Run 5K (Aug 6, 2022), and helped to spread joy and sweetness at W.A.G.S.inCLE "Pure Imagination" Gala (Oct 21, 2022) raising $75,000; over $25,000 of which was directed to the Partner Placement Scholarship Fund to guarantee that all the girls and boys will get their wish this Christmas – for their service dog! And they are waiting….
Writing letters to Santa and counting their sleeps, each night our children lie snug in their beds, as visions of service dogs dance in their heads. A service dog who puts his warm, soft head in their lap on command (“Love”) and provides a deep pressure therapy better than any blanket. Who stands assuredly by their side as they transition back into the classroom. These dogs provide, in many ways, the only sense of routine many of our kids have.
We continue to focus on what is truly important – our kids – but we cannot do it without you.
Your continued support and attendance at these annual events help those 54 families that are already waiting for their service dogs, the over 150 who apply annually, and those that don’t yet know there’s a place for them to get assistance. We can’t do it alone. As always, our eyes are on the horizon – looking into the eyes of kids that need our help not just next year, but in five years, ten years, and beyond. It’s thanks to the strength of our community, old friends and new, that we have come this far.
As we come to the end of 2021, we continue to actively practice gratitude in our everyday lives. I am proud to say that in the last 12 months - with your support - 4 scholarships were awarded to kids in need through the efforts of our parents and Gala Fund-A-Need. And we’re only getting started…
Our work doesn’t begin and end with the holidays but is year-round – and we need your help. Help us continue to branch out so that we can add more children and more “let the magic begin” photos to our W.A.G.S. 4 Kids family tree. The need doesn’t stop during a time of crisis…and neither will we. I look forward to seeing you all in 2022! Until then, I will never be able to say it enough…on behalf of all our families…. thank you for everything you do.
The total cost of raising and training a single service dog is $28,000! In order for the organization to supplement those costs we host quarterly major events and pop-ups all summer long! Join us or host one of your own! We'd love to hear all of your ideas!
See what our sponsors and volunteers have to say
"When I met Aubrey with Claire, I was blown away by the gratitude I received. Seeing how my small monthly donation changed her life was a heartwarming experience."
-- Helene P., sponsor since 2009
"Spending time with the dogs and the kids and seeing their happiness as they learn from me is a rewarding experience. Knowing I am helping make their life better in such an indescribable way is an amazing feeling."
-- Michelle, volunteer foster trainer since 2020
"I love volunteering with W.A.G.S. 4 Kids! Since long before COVID, but especially during it's given me a new purpose in being able to do something that I love for a greater cause."
- T.K., volunteer since 2015
Meet the partners who help us transform lives
Businesses, families and fellow foundations have given their time and support to help us make a difference in children's lives.
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