Paws 4 Independence

"Service Dogs Saves Lives"

Paws 4 Independence is very active in the community. As an organization we attend and take part in many local events. We can be found at events like the La Crosse Family Fun Fair, Onalaska Community Days, local parade, La Crosse Rotary Lights, etc. In addition to supporting these events and getting the word out about our organization to reach more people in need, we also have a group of volunteers dedicated to community outreach. These volunteers get out in the community and represent Paws 4 Independence in a variety of ways, such as doing pet therapy with at-risk youth and doing presentations about Service Dogs and Paws 4 Independence for a variety of local groups.

Community Outreach

If you are interested in having Paws 4 Independence do a presentation or get involved with your organization call us at 608-797-2410 or send us an e-mail at 

Where Does PAWS 4 Independence Provide Community Outreach?

The following are groups Paws 4 Independence works with or have work with in the past:

   ~ Coulee Connections: Several volunteers take their dogs to this local school for pet therapy

      with at-risk youth as a reward for good behavior.

   ~ University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Pre-Veterinary Club: Two volunteers gave a

      presentation about Service Dogs to the Pre-Veterinary Club, discussed dog training, and  

      demonstrated several Service Dog tasks with the three dogs we brought with for the


   ~ Caledonia Library Summer Activities Program about Service Heroes: Two volunteers gave

     a presentation to school-age children from the library's summer program about Service Heroes.

     We discussed Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Dog Safety, and Dog Bite Prevention. In addition

     we showed a short video clip about what a dog sees when people run up to them to pet them so

     the kids could see how overwhelming it can be to a dog.

  ~ Optimists Club: Three volunteers gave a presentation with their Service Dogs to the Optimists

     Club about Service Dogs, Paws 4 Independence, and how every Service Dog is different by 

     demonstrating different tasks the dogs do to mitigate different disabilities.

   ~ Stand Down: ​Paws 4 Independence participated in Stand Down 2015 in La Crosse, WI to help

     inform veterans about what Paws 4 Independence has to offer and the assistance Service Dogs

     can provide. Stand Downs are "events providing supplies and services to homeless Veterans,

     such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling.

     Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions,

     employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling. They are collaborative

     events, coordinated between local VA Medical Centers, other government agencies and

     community-based homeless service providers." -