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Over the last 10 years, through the Share the Love Event, Subaru of America and its participating retailers have donated more than $118 million to charity, with customers choosing between four national and over 1,170 hometown charities.
In this, our 11th year, we are on track to bring that total to over $140 million, proving there’s no limit to the amount of love we can all share.
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Our standards: Our training standards exceed the ADA requirements for Service Dogs. Training is governed by multiple entities for accountability. Training standards must be met by dog and handler each year in order to ensure they continue to meet our high standards.
Our passion: It is our passion to see people live free. Free from the stress and worry about what is ahead or behind; free from the cares of the world that have bound them up on the inside and the outside; free from the concerns of how simple tasks might pose a complex problem. Our passion is to help those who fought for our freedom, and for those who had no say in losing their own.
MISSION STATEMENT: To provide properly trained Service Dogs and handler training that will bring a measure of freedom through healing, helping, and support to Veterans and Children.
Pawsitive Love Foundation provides properly trained Service Dogs to Children and Veterans
Founded in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Pawsitive Love Foundation is directly in the middle of the nation's second highest population of military veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBi). We are a 501c(3) charitable organization with a reach that is only limited by our funding. Currently,we have multiple dogs placed as far away as California, making us a coast to coast organization. Our dogs are placed at no cost to the individual receiving them, because we believe in giving back. More than giving back, we believe in giving a chance for freedom. Freedom that was fought for, freedom that many enjoy. Freedom that our Veterans sometimes cannot find because their own head-space is filled with memories that bind them. For families of children with Seizure Disorders, Autism, and Diabetes it can seem as though they are have tied hands and feelings of exhaustion. A Service Dog can assist with the daily care of a child by adding a layer of love and watchful eyes; a little freedom. Your giving offers that freedom through a properly trained Service Dog.
We procure dogs from various entities including our local shelter. We have accepted owner surrendered dogs directly into our program, as well. We prefer a well bred and raised dog in order to limit possible hidden triggers. We never want to add to the stress of a veteran, child, or their families by having a dog that has potential to become a problem. We supply the tools needed to mitigate the disability, as well. Some harnesses for Mobility Assist can cost as much as six hundred dollars. Your giving makes this possible.
Our training is done by an award-winning team that includes a former K9 trainer that has worked with dogs for various law enforcement agencies and was a regular on LivePD on A&E. The trainers are led by our Founder, Steve Kotowske. Formally trained by one of the leading providers of MWD's in the country, Steve understands the importance of regimented work, precision. Training is done alongside a team of outstanding kennel techs that provide proper daily care. The dogs are well rounded, properly socialized, and challenged both mentally and physically to prepare them for most any situation. Our training exceeds the ADA guidelines and most other training programs. We are actively advocating for change in legislation to promote higher standards nationwide.
A Service Dog is not a fix-all or even the right tool for everyone with PTSD, TBI, MST, Mobility Issues, Autism, or Epilepsy. If you think you might benefit from a properly trained Service Dog to help navigate through everyday life, and you are ready for the commitment that it takes to have one, click on the button below to fill out an application. We get a lot of requests every day so please be patient; we will follow up with you.
We are proud of how we use the funds that we raise. Not all non-profits that raise funds to "help" are created equal. Some pay directors and staff, some just don't have a way to properly use the funds that are given to them, others hold onto funds creating a bank account instead of pouring funds into helping.
AT PAWSITIVE LOVE FOUNDATION YOUR SUPPORT GOES DIRECTLY TO PROVIDING A DOG TO THOSE IN NEED, INCLUDING PROPER CARE AND EQUIPMENT FOR TRAINING. WE HAVE NO PAID EMPLOYEES OR DIRECTORS. WE SPEND YOUR DONATION WHERE YOU CAN SEE IT - ON DOG/VETERAN/CHILDREN TEAMS. OUR COFFERS ARE NOT FULL, WAITING TO INVEST IN THE COMMUNITY - WE PROVIDE DOGS BASED ON AVAILABLE FUNDS. WE DON'T FUND-RAISE FOR THE FUTURE, WE FUNDRAISE FOR TODAY! 22 VETERANS WILL COMMIT SUICIDE IN THE 24-HOURS AFTER YOU ARE DONE READING THIS. WE BELIEVE THE NEED IS TOO GREAT TO WAIT. GIVE TODAY FOR RESULTS TODAY
180 Lynn Drive
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
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What are the benefits of becoming a Volunteer?
Young Military men and women can receive letters of merit to assist with promotion
Gives Civic Groups another opportunity to become involved with the community
Provides respite for Caregivers/Spouses by affording the opportunity to give back within the Program
Fosters not only growth for the Caregivers/Spouses, but also enables them to have the knowledge to assist their Veteran, Child through the Service Dog continuum for life
Teaches teens how to give back to the community - earns Community Service Hours for college
Hanging out with Dogs and Puppies makes you smile ☺☺☺
What is a "Certified" or "Registered" Service Dog?
Well, we'd like to say it might just be a unicorn. Anyone that uses the terms "Certified" or "Registered" should be approached with caution. There are currently no national certifications or registrations for Service Dogs. Some organizations use the term ADA Certified, which is also incorrect. The ADA being referred to is a law, not a body of people. The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) publishes the law for public reading, fields complaints concerning violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA sets forth rights of those with disabilities of all kinds, it also defines what minimum requirements a Service Dog (Service Animal) must meet. The ADA requirements are the lowest standards, and we hope to get this changed through legislation, in order to protect true Service Dogs and their handlers' rights.
What about online certifications? They are not certifying anything except the ability to provide a vest that says Service Dog and possibly a card of some type stating the dog is registered and/or certified. No testing is done, so there is no certification being done. This is a big problem in our country. One major grocery chain, Publix, has taken a stand against imposters. They no longer allow "service dogs" in carts while shopping. This is a great first step. There are many fake "service dogs" that are full sized dogs, too. Unfortunately, weeding them out is not easy because people get confused about the terminology.
If you are a business owner, manager and have questions about your rights we are here to assist you, too. The ADA gives you specific rights, as well. It is important to understand how to deal with unruly dogs that have entered your establishment. We can help you navigate what so many believe is a difficult law to understand. We can walk your staff through step-by-step how to determine if the handler/dog team is allowed access, and we can walk you through removing a handler/dog team that is obviously not performing at the level outlined by the ADA. Know your rights and protect your reputation.
Post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)
A number of studies have been done to show the effectiveness of having a Service Dog to assist Veterans with PTSD. Coupled with our team of mentors, we help men and women who have served in our Armed Forces learn to navigate everyday life with a new battle buddy. Including Sexual Trauma.
Dogs have a great ability to help their handlers navigate the world around them. They can offer support in balance, moving up and down stairs & escalators, and even down to and up from the floor. Our dogs are trained to assist in maneuvering through crowded and even narrow spaces that may make the handler uncomfortable.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Living with a TBi can be a daunting task. Remembering day-to-day things, such as taking medicine, can be mitigated by a Service Dog. TBi is not just about memory loss, it is also about physical and mental limitations. Mobility Assistance is a commonly trained task for a Service Dog for TBi.
epilepsY (seizure response)
Seizures interrupt the daily lives of many children. Having a dog that can respond to a seizure can make all of the difference. A seizure response Service Dog will let someone know when a seizure has taken place and comfort the child while they come through it. (Seizure detection is not trainable)
The Autism spectrum is vast and can be accompanied by a litany of problems. A Service Dog can help with things such as self-harm, repetitive behaviors, deep pressure, and tracking/trailing. Sometimes just keeping a child with Autism connected to the world in quiet time is a job in itself.
education for your business
Our team is deployable beyond our local area to assist in training your management team or entire staff on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Or, you can download this flyer to help you navigate it by yourself. You should know your rights while honoring the rights of others with real Service Dogs.
ONE OF OUR VERY OWN TEAMS, JULIUS "JAY" MCMANUS AND K9 PHOENIX AT THE DoD WARRIOR GAMES 2018
Use the form below to contact us regarding your interest in Pawsitive Love Foundation. Please be as detailed as possible. Include your disability (if inquiring about a dog) along with any specific tasks the dog should mitigate. You may also email or call us to make an appointment.
For staff training/company policy writing, please email us your information. We’re always looking to assist in the education of our community about the laws governing Service Dogs, and the rights of the establishment to limit access to poorly trained dogs or even fake service dogs.