Jonah making a visiting.

PAWS for Hearts Project Introduction:

As RocDog has grown, it became obvious that we have an incredibly special mission to provide for our communities, and this Misson is to help Special Needs Families. This has become a priority of our efforts outside of our Therapy Dog visits. First, we are a Therapy Dog Group, making visits and helping people with our amazing Therapy Dogs and Handlers. The skills our handlers and dogs have acquired over the past three years have made it clear to us we can do more. RocDog has created the PAWS for Hearts Project to help Special Needs Families get dogs to support them. The Project is broken down into three distinct Projects:

  1. PAWS that Comfort: Acquire, Train, and Place Emotional Support Dogs for Special Needs Families
  2. PAWS that Support: Acquire, Train, and Place Therapy/Support Dogs for Special Needs Families.
  3. PAWS that Serve: Acquire, Train, and Place Psychiatric Service Dogs for Special Needs Families.

While these three projects are different with their outcome with training, they are remarkably similar in many regards. All of these Projects look to focus on helping Special Needs Families, with amazing dogs that can support their families in the right way. Every family is different and requires specific skills and support.

It has been shown repeatedly how dogs can help Special Needs Families. These families face many challenges as well as getting the right canine for their home to meet their needs. Costs of a canine can be high and out of reach for many families. For example:

  1. Trained Therapy Dogs to purchase can be $25,000 or more with shorter waiting times.
  2. Trained Service Dogs to purchase can be $50,000 or more, with shorter waiting times.

Western New York has very limited resources for Special Needs Families and the costs can be so high that these special dogs are not able to become part of many families. RocDog’s goal has been simple. Help anyway we can help these families understand what options are available to them and assist them if possible.

We start with each family to help educate them on the options they have and how we can help. Then together we work to get the right dog into their home and family.

PAWS that Support Details:

The RocDog “Paws that Support” is a very specialized program with dedicated Volunteers working with these great dogs to give them a new wonderful life as a Therapy/Support Dog in a special Needs family.

At RocDog we are always on the lookout for dogs. They find their way to us through many different paths. We work with many different Rescue’s and Shelters. These include Roc the Dog Rescue, Verona Street Animal Shelter, and local Trainers that hear about dogs that could fit.

The Special Needs family we serve are very active through this entire process. sometimes we find a family in need and work to find the dog, while other times the dog just kind of appears and then we work to find the right family.

The process is straight forward:

  1. We find a Special Needs Family in need.
  2. Then we find the dog we think can fit.
  3. Dog goes into foster care with a Volunteer/Mentor
  4. Dog Training with Mentor and family in very small classes.
  5. Dog placed into Special Needs Families home when ready.
  6. Therapy Dog Training and Certification.
  7. Continue to Mentor family after placement.

Are you part of a Special Needs family or know someone with special Needs that you think could benefit from connecting with us. Please reach out to us. Let’s talk and see what we can do.

Joel one of our new rescues

Field work for training.

PAWS that Serve Details:

The RocDog “PAWS that SERVE” is geared to support Special Needs Families but requires a Psychiatric Service Dog. This program is an extension of our Therapy/Support Project, but so much more effort around Training for everyone. e low paced training. Not easily to be found in the community.

The process is straight forward:

  1. We find a Special Needs Family in need.
  2. Then we find the dog we think can fit.
  3. Dog goes into foster care with a Volunteer/Mentor
  4. Dog Training with Mentor and family in very small classes.
  5. Dog placed into Special Needs Families home when ready.
  6. Therapy Dog Training and Certification.
  7. Service Dog Training and Certification.
  8. Continue to Mentor family after placement.

Special Needs families have been told they need special Service Dogs that can cost up to $50,000 or more. At RocDog we believe that our Psychiatric Service Dog Project can do amazing things with a family if given a chance. Through the generous donations from businesses and people in the community, families only pay a small fee for their dogs.

Contact us and let us help you.

Comfort whenever you need it.

PAWS that Comfort Details:

The RocDog “PAWS that COMFORT” is geared to support Special Needs Families and individual with special dogs to provide emotional support for people at home This program is the true starting point for dogs going into a Special Needs home. Really just a dog with great social skills for its family in the home.

The process is straight forward:

  1. We find a Special Needs Family in need.
  2. Then we find the dog we think can fit.
  3. Dog goes into foster care with a Volunteer/Mentor
  4. Dog Training with Mentor and family in very small classes.
  5. Dog placed into Special Needs Families home when ready.
  6. Continue to Mentor family after placement.

Contact us and let us help you.