Founded by Carol Davis and Charli King in 1997. Paws’itive Teams was officially incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in California in May of 1999 (EIN 33-0851474). Our initial programs included training and placing service dogs for San Diegans
with limited mobility and teaching a six-week Therapy Dog Prep Class for dog owners interested in
volunteering in the community with their pet dog.
In 2006, we established the PAAT program (Paws’itive Animal Assisted Therapy) in which we partner with facilities in San Diego who serve a wide variety of populations that benefit from interactions with carefully selected therapy
Paws’itive Teams also graduated its first Facility Dog team in 2006. Facility dogs work with professionals in the work setting to accomplish client-related goals.
Paws’itive Teams places fully trained service dogs with persons with mobility limiting disabilities. In addition to performing numerous tasks which save energy for a partner such as picking up dropped items, opening difficult doors, and help with undressing, our dogs also are trained to bring the telephone (or a wheelchair) in an emergency.
Qualified applicants must reside in San Diego County and be willing to commit to a customized transition training with a dog under the leadership of the Paws’itive Teams training staff. We provide lifetime follow up support to our certified teams.
Ways to Donate
Our organization is volunteer-inspired and volunteer-run with a very limited part time paid staff. We will apply your donation to the fund you specify. Also, the Board of Directors will use the donations as directed to
fulfill our mission.