People's Choice Inc.credible Award - presented Thursday, August 24, 2017
This award given by Greater Louisville Inc., the Metro Chamber of Commerce.
was voted on by online voters. All of the 2017 Incredible Award finalists
were eligible for this honor.
Paws with Purpose
The people have voted and so it shall be proclaimed that Paws with Purpose
is the 2017 Fan Favorite in the Inc.credible Awards competition. It should
come as no surprise, really, since everybody knows dog is man's best friend!
Founded in 2003 by a group of volunteers, Paws with Purpose is a local
nonprofit organization dedicated to providing highly trained assistance
dogs, free of charge, as partners to children and adults with mobility
disabilities, PTSD, Autism or other special needs. Upon completing two years
of intensive training, prior to placement, each dog is valued at over
"These dogs provide comfort and companionship, help break down social
barriers and perform many skilled tasks which help their partners lead more
independent lives", said board president Sheilah Abramson-Miles. "Our
puppies in training and our therapy dogs make presentations to schools and
other civic groups upon request to educate the community on the profound
difference a service dog can make to a person with a disability."
Abramson-Miles said the organization partners with several schools in the
area for a "Read to the Dog" program where children who are struggling to
read spend time reading to "their" dog in a quiet and non-judgmental
"We hope that the Inc.credible Award nomination and award will provide
greater exposure for Paws with Purpose among business members in our
community who will consider sponsoring and supporting us as we work to meet
the needs of citizens with disabilities," she said.