Power Paws for Kids Inc. Animal Assisted Therapy, has 40 active members who, with their Canine Good Citizen therapy dogs, visit libraries in Crown Point, Dyer/Schererville, Munster, Winfield, and South Holland to hold "Read To the Dogs" programs for children.
They also participate in weekly programs at Timothy Ball Elementary and Eagle Park schools in Crown Point, as well as Campagna Academy in Schererville. In addition, the volunteers and their dogs make regularly scheduled visits to senior citizens at Hartsfield Village in Munster and Dyer nursing homes.
Funding for the children's programs in Lake County has been made possible by grants from the Legacy Foundation of Lake County and the Crown Point Community Foundation. These grants are supplemented by donations and fundraisers held by the group. The expenses of the volunteers are all paid by the volunteers themselves.
At the present time, Power Paws for Kids has more requests for their services than they can fulfill. More information and requirements for membership, as well as information for anyone interested in making a donation, can be obtained by calling (219) 671-0076, emailing powerpawsforkids.org or writing to: Power Paws for Kids Inc. AAT, P.O. Box 517, St. John, IN., 46373.