PSD Academy & Registry is developing a free to the client service dog program, Paws of Mind. Paws of Mind by PSD Academy & Registry will provide medical service dogs that assist in daily activities, perform medically needed service tasks, and deliver peace of mind to adults and children with disabilities. Our mission is to help people with disabilities and save shelter dogs from euthanasia. The dogs in our program were once in shelters and possibly facing euthanasia due to the nation’s overpopulation problem. After a thorough evaluation process, rehabilitation, training, love and care, we pair these once unwanted pound pups with their new life long human partner. We are not only giving our clients the medical help that they need to improve their lives but we are also giving the dogs a loving home and a fulfilling purpose.

What can a Paws of Mind Service Dog help with

  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Bi-Polar
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Mobility
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Narcolepsy
  • Panic Attacks
  • Paralysis
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Seizures
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

How can a Paws of Mind Service Dog help:

  • Waking the owner from a nightmare
  • Reminding of daily routines
  • Retrieving needed items
  • Staying with owner after owner wakes from a nightmare
  • Reminding the owner to take daily meds (as needed and scheduled)
  • Interrupting and redirecting the owners panic/anxiety
  • Relieving pain, soreness, and stiffness
  • Assisting owner to a seated position
  • Bracing to help with balance until seated or someplace safe
  • Retrieving telephone, help, meds
  • Waking up a passed out owner
  • Retrieving medical attention
  • Alerting 911
  • Turning off and on lights
  • Closing doors
  • Pulling wheelchair
  • Retrieving prosthetic device
Since Aimee's involvement in our program, she has decided that she wants to help other "differently-abled" people obtain service dogs to help make their daily tasks easier for them as well. She is very grateful for what we are doing for her and wants to give back and help others. Aimee has offered to be the spokesperson for PSD Academy & Registry and help to raise the funds to get our facility up on Florida's east coast (where we are located) which will enable us to make our county (Brevard), and possibly all of Central Florida (Orange, Seminole, Volusia, etc. counties), a "No-Kill" county/counties as this is one of our goals. We would also be teaming with an animal sanctuary, dedicated to rescuing dogs, cats, horses, etc., here whose goal is also to make our county a "No-Kill" county by pulling shelter dogs from the shelters prior to them being euthanized. By helping PSD Academy & Registry secure the land and facility needed, we can build and launch the Paws of Mind organization and run at its full potential. We will be able to help up to 3,000 "differently-abled" adults, children, and Veterans and rescue up to, if not more than, 3,000 shelter dogs for our programs. The sanctuary will be rescuing thousands of dogs, cats, horses, etc. every year. All these animals could otherwise be facing euthanasia due to pet overpopulation or death due to lack of proper care and medical treatment. Thanks to Aimee, countless numbers of dogs, cats, horses, birds, and many other animals will be rescued, cared for, and in loving environments and thousands of people every year will receive the natural medical care and help they need from these appreciative and loving rescued dogs.

Media References

Visit the following links for reference and information on Aimee Copeland, as well as information regarding her upcoming service dog.

CNN

"In other upcoming milestones, Copeland, whose story raised the nation's awareness of flesh-eating bacteria, will receive a service dog this summer, when she will work with amputee children in a wilderness camp."
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/17/us/georgia-aimee-copeland/

Aimee's Websites

http://www.aimeecopeland.com
http://www.aimeecopeland.org

Our sites for Aimee, and for her upcoming service dog Belle

http://www.psdregistry.com/aimee
http://www.facebook.com/pawsforaimee

Events

Paws for Aimee 5K & Music Festival

Proceeds for this event go towards providing Aimee Copeland with a medical service dog named Belle.

Venue: Little Tallapoosa Park
1930 Highway 113
Carrollton, GA 30117
Date: Saturday October 12, 2013 8am to 7pm
Prices: $25 for pre-registered runners/walkers (concert included)
$30 for late registered runners/walkers (concert included)
$25 music festival only admission
Music: Country, Rock, & Pop
Vendors: Food, Beer/Wine, & Retail

More events will be announced soon!

How Paws of Mind Will Work

To apply for a service dog

After many years of working with, providing training for, and instructing trainers with Veterans organizations that provide free service dogs, we have decided that we want to provide the same resources to civilians (men, women, and children) in need of a service dog, but do not have the financial means to obtain one. We will soon be providing free psychiatric, medical alert, mobility, and neurological service dogs to individuals that apply and are accepted into our program.

All expenses are included in this program such as: dog, supplies, travel, food, training course, and materials.

The dogs that we use in our program are rescued dogs that have been thoroughly evaluated for temperament, stability, working drive, eagerness to please, and trainability. Our goal with this program is not only to help people in need of a service dog but also to reduce the number of dogs facing euthanasia.

The steps for this program are as follows:
  1. Print the application and complete it in its entirety
  2. Mail in the application with the supporting documents listed on the checklist
  3. Allow 3 weeks to be contacted
  4. Upon approval, you will be matched with a service dog already in the training process
  5. We will then begin working with the dog on your specific needs
  6. You will meet and attend a training course with your new service dog approximately 6 months from the date of approval
  7. This course is a 2 week long training course in Florida where, upon completion, you are provided with Service Dog in Training ID's, materials, service dog vest, collar, leash, bowls, dog food, etc.
  8. You then have a year of telephone and web conference checks, video submissions, and continued support from your home
  9. At the end of the year, you will come back for another week of testing and graduation
  10. Provided you have completed the entire course and passed all testing, you are then provided with your Certified Service Dog ID's and certificate

Please understand that there is a 6 month waiting period for this program which cannot be waived or expedited. This allows us the time needed to match you with the right dog for your situation, pre-train the dog, make your travel arrangements, provide the dog with their needed medical care such as shots and spay or neuter, etc. Compared to other companies wait times of up to 3 years and that the program is of no cost to you, our 6 month wait time is very short.

The program is designed for the individual to assist in the final stages of the dog’s service task training. The reason for this is that, especially in the psychiatric service dog training field, everyone’s reactions to certain symptoms vary. This means that in order for your dog to be trained specifically for your needs, you must participate in the final stages of training. This does include long training days and physical activity. If you have special needs that limit your physical participation please explain that in detail in your application.

Your first step is the most important. You must complete the application in its entirety prior to us being able to get started working with you. We verify that every individual that applies to the program is in need of a service dog by the recommendation of their medical doctor. Our company is a highly credible and recommended company. We maintain those standards by following our protocol and verifying all information on the forms is complete and accurate.

Service dog application form

Please complete the following application in its entirety, and return it to us at the following address:

PSD Academy & Registry
P.O. Box 241
Sharpes, FL 32959

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Cost Breakdown

Dog
Dog food (1 year) $576
Veterinarian (spay/neuter, exam, shots) $243
Training and board $1,500
Breed DNA test & certificate $80
Flea/Tick prevention (1 year) $39
Heartworm Prevention (1 year) $89
Total $2,527
Supplies
Service Vest and patches $57
IDs $35
Handbook and care guide $10
Leash (hands free leather) $35
Collar $19
Crate $129
Tag $8
Toys,Chews,Treats $48
Bowls $24
Total $365
Travel
Flight (trip 1 minus airline fees) $500
Flight (trip 2 minus airline fees) $500
Hotel (trip 1; 12 nights in hotel room) $450
Hotel (trip 2; 5 nights in hotel room) $188
Food (trip 1) $240
Food (trip 2) $100
Total $1,978
Overall Total $4,870