PAWS for Greatness, Inc. is a unique program in our community that pairs at-risk youth with homeless shelter dogs.
The PAWS for Greatness program uses a therapeutic approach to dog training. The youth are taught to train the dogs with positive motivation methods in a spirit of mutual cooperation, not with force or violence. This makes them feel better about themselves as they learn valuable life, social, and leadership skills. In turn, the dogs learn love, trust, and obedience skills that make them more adoptable. The youths are giving back to their community in a positive way by saving the lives of shelter dogs, and the dogs' likelihood of being adopted into forever homes is greatly increased. It is a win for both sides!
At the end of the program comes a public graduation ceremony where the teens are recognized for all of their hard work and the dogs are then made available for adoption into forever homes. Talk about benefits all the way around . . . for the at-risk youths, for the shelter dogs themselves, and for the Wichita County Humane Society. It doesn't get much better than that!
Graduation/Adoption Event at Petco
We are very proud of the PAWS for Greatness program and all the lives that it touches, and we invite you to join us and become a part of it!
Nichole and Butterscotch
Westen and Rocket
PAWS for Greatness is very proud to be in partnership with the Wichita County Humane Society as we move forward with our classes in the summer of 2013.
Most of the dogs in our training program come from the WCHS shelter, and the PAWS classes are held on the WCHS grounds except for inclement weather days, when they are moved just down the road to the Obedience Training Club of Wichita Falls.
Check out these pictures of some of our youth and dogs taken against the backdrop of the Humane Society's awesome new transport van!
Casey and Gus
Trevor and Radcliff
Madison and Mesha