Shelter dogs turn service dogs with help of Paws Giving Independence

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A local organization is asking for your help to keep providing our community with service dogs. 

Hundreds gathered at Junction City Saturday to support Paws Giving Independence during its annual 5k run and 3k walk benefit.

The organization’s mission is to train dogs to assist people with disabilities.

The training can take up to a year and a half before they are placed as full service dogs or in schools and nursing homes. 

“Our program covers all of the vet dog care for the dogs in training along with all the supplies and equipment,” said Michelle Yuen, co-director of Paws Giving Independence. “We place our service dogs free of charge for those that receive them. So raising funds is really important so we can continue our mission of placing service dogs.

What’s better is many of these dogs are rescued from local shelters.

Once they enter the organization, they learn to turn on lights,  pick up stuff an owner dropped, and help with balance.

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