WHAT: Life EMS Ambulance will open its doors to nearly two dozen Paws With A Cause® Assistance Dogs-In-Training and their human trainers to familiarize the animals with the sights, sounds, scents and movements involved in emergency situations. The training sessions will provide the future Assistance Dogs and their trainers with access to an ambulance’s interior, a chance to meet some of the uniformed Life EMS Ambulance medics, hear ambulance sirens, see flashing lights, gain a sense of smell and touch (disinfecting alcohol, IV tubing, heart monitors), etc. to better prepare the dogs for medical emergency situations.
These future Assistance Dogs are trained for one year by volunteers, through field training/community outings, preparing the animals to better assist persons with disabilities nationwide.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 22:
Session 1: 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Session 2: 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Life EMS Ambulance, 1275 Cedar St. Grand Rapids 49503
• Paws With A Cause future Assistance Dogs and their trainers (one to one ratio of trainer to animal)
• Paws With A Cause leadership
• Life EMS Ambulance leadership
About Life EMS Ambulance: Founded in 1980, Life EMS Ambulance is a nationally recognized, locally owned emergency service provider, which has consistently reduced response time while providing compassionate emergency care. It is the first ambulance service in West Michigan, and among the first in the U.S. to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. Life EMS Ambulance serves more than 3,500 square miles of West Michigan, including Grand Rapids/Kent, Portage/Kalamazoo, Ottawa, Ionia, Newaygo, Lake, Mason and Allegan counties. More information can be found at www.lifeems.com.
About Paws With A Cause®: Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog Teams through education and advocacy. Since 1979, PAWS has placed 2,515 Assistance Dog teams