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Pawsitive Works
Last updated on September 2, 2013


Our Vision: Making a difference in the lives of at-risk youth and shelter dogs in every community
Our Mission: We help at-risk youth develop the skills they need to become more caring, responsible and empathetic members of their community.
We do this by partnering youth with shelter dogs through our innovative canine-assisted intervention programs.
The transformative power of the human-canine bond results in a significant heartfelt change for the youth and increased adoptability for the dogs.

Pawsitive Works focuses on making a measurable difference in the lives of at risk youth through a curriculum driven program using sheltered canines as facilitators for change.
Our program provides at risk youth with behavior skills that are linked to increased school attendance, improved community relations and decreased problem behaviors. The program increases self-concept through the care and training of homeless behaviorally challenged dogs.
Youth between the ages of 13 and 18, are referred to our program through juvenile justice agencies and schools and are identified, as “at risk”. Pawsitive Works pairs youth with shelter dogs. The youth train the dogs three times a week for five weeks and in the process, the dogs train the youth.
The youth learn to understand communication, patience, empathy and the importance of being a part of something bigger then themselves in their communities. This positive developmental process seeks to prevent problem behaviors by preparing young people to meet the challenges of adolescence through a series of structured, progressive activities and experiences that help them obtain social, emotional, ethical, physical, and cognitive competencies. This "asset based" approach views youth as resources and builds on their strengths and capabilities for development within their own community

Pawsitive Works is a 501c3 non-profit , value driven organization that provides a curriculum driven program with measured outcomes for youth at risk utilizing canine intervention.
Our first program was implemented in Bonners Ferry, Idaho in 2009. Since then we have expanded our program into Sandpoint, Coeur D’Alene and Spokane Boise and Seattle.

We utilize a strong support team of staff, volunteers and our diverse board of directors. We are excited to also have the benefits of a strong advisory board lending expertise and ideas towards our development.

Pawsitive Works strongly supports our partner shelters through marketing efforts to assist with adoptions including the use of Petfinder ads.
Our curriculum was professionally developed and is structured to provide strong measurements of youth progress through pre/post testing and the use of daily rubrics. The reading and writing homework all correlate the dog training lessons to the youth’s own lives.

Contact people:

 Karen Schumacher, Executive Director, (phone), (email)
Rhonda Hamerslough, Program Director, (phone), (email)

Office fax number: (208) 267-5091


 125 E Hazel
Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814
This location is handicap accessible
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Last updated on September 2, 2013

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