In January 2004 Animals Deserve Better Incorporated as a non-profit 501c3 in the State of Georgia; qualifying under IRS codes as a tax exempt charity on both Federal and State levels, and obtained its Animal Shelter License with the Department of Agriculture for the State of Georgia. Animals Deserve Better, Inc is located in East Cobb, Marietta, Georgia. . In 2019 Animals Deserve Better, Inc filed for and was granted a dba ” Paws For Life USA ” as this name is more in keeping with the Service Dog program that has been the main focus of the organization since 2010.
The founder of Animals Deserve Better, Inc., formed the non-profit no-kill animal all volunteer rescue organization after many years of volunteering for Georgia county shelters and out of her love for the lost, abandoned and neglected souls that she met during that time, the majority of whom never found their forever home or family, but died alone and terrified without knowing or finding that place called “home”. So, Animals Deserve Better, Inc., was born. During the following 10 years over 3,000 animals were adopted into loving homes.
Paws for Life gradually became the main focus of the organization. During the prior 30 years of animal rescue and animal training the founder became more aware of the need for dogs that could provide service and assistance to their owners. Rescuing one life became rescuing two lives. – Paws for Life provides children and adults with disabilities specially trained dogs. Those precious moments when you see a dog working with their handler, helping hear, helping assist and helping alert are treasured moments never forgotten. Training a dog to assist a disabled child or adult to have a better quality of life, can be nothing more profound or heartwarming. The program specializes in Autism, Multipurpose, Mobility, Seizure, Psychiatric, Hearing, Medical, Companion & Therapy Dogs. Animals Deserve Better, Inc follows the training standards established by Assistance Dogs International and Guide Dogs for The Blind. The hallmark of the Guide Dog Foundation is its meticulous matching program to ensure that each applicant is teamed with the guide dog that best suits that person’s lifestyle, and physical needs. The Partnerships we create are truly Life Changing.
The founder and CEO is certified with EARS (United Animal Nations) now known as Red Rovers bringing animals from crisis to care, Delta Society now Pet Partners certified with her Service Dog Simon, CERT qualified ( Community Emergency Response Team Cobb County, GA) for disaster relief, she is also certified in animal first aid with the American Red Cross, is a member of APTA for dog trainers and a member of the Humane Education Association. Animals Deserve Better is also a member of: International Association of Assistance Dog Partners and Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Animals Deserve Better, Inc. dba Paws For Life USA comprises 100% volunteers who are dedicated to helping those with disabilities lead a better quality of life with amazing dogs at their side. I THANK YOU ALL FOR WHAT YOU DO……….
Our Community Programs……..
Paws For Life USA has developed a Community Program which allows donors to sponsor numerous programs “Paws for Life” which trains pups as service, assistance and therapy dogs for the disabled; “Animal Awareness” which teaches humane education to children and adults on all aspects of our companion animals care and requirements; and “Animal Watch Dog” that helps provide information and training for animals in the time of a disaster – its never to late to be prepared. What do you have set up for your family and your animals – where would you go – what would you do and what would you take with you.
Puppy Raising and Foster Families. Give the gift of fostering or raising a future service dog and help a person with disabilities today. Interested puppy raisers or foster families are required to submit a puppy or foster application form, along with references and complete a successful interview with PFL staff member to be considered for these programs.