Helping Paws is a Minnesota non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with 30 years of experience training and matching service dogs to individuals with disabilities or veterans/first responders with PTSD. These circumstances are often very isolating and can make everyday tasks frustrating or impossible. Helping Paws service dogs are trained to provide assistance with many daily living activities such as retrieve objects that are out of reach, open and close doors, turn light switches off and on, position their bodies so a person who has fallen can pull up on them, bark for alert, find another person, and many other tasks—about one hundred (100) commands in all. The empowerment they provide to a person can literally transform lives. Helping Paws is one of two organizations in Minnesota to be fully accredited by Assistance Dogs International. Helping Paws has matched over 240 people with a service dog, giving people with disabilities or veterans/first responders the gifts of independence, dignity, and companionship.
Our 2019 Nonprofit Partners
Free brief legal advice and representation to immigrants and refugees.
Giving women engineers a unique place and voice within the industry.
Creating social, racial and economic justice, and change through food.
Working to eradicate sexual abuse and assault.
One of the nation’s busiest wildlife hospitals.
Furthering people’s independence and quality of life with the use of Assistance Dogs.
To locally protect, restore, and enhance the river and its watershed.
Food shelf, emergency food program, senior food delivery, and thrift store.
Working towards equity by disrupting social and economic barriers.
Providing grants to kids in the foster system for specific needs.
Combating hunger in our community by filling gaps to food access that children face.
Cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses.