Who is New Leash On Life?
Founded in 1997 and located in Newhall, CA, New Leash On Life (NLOL) is a non-profit animal rescue organization which rescues and rehabilitates dogs from local shelters. Upon rescue, all dogs are given any medical treatment needed, are spayed or neutered and then come to our Education, Rehabilitation and Adoption Center and either put up for adoption or evaluated for our Lend a Paw program. NLOL is a no-kill shelter.
What is the Lend A Paw Program?
Many of our adoptive dogs are given a basic obedience course by our staff. After evaluation, dogs that exhibit unique qualities and have the necessary temperament are chosen to enter the Lend A Paw Program where they are given extensive training to become Therapy dogs. Therapy dogs are certified and enter into our therapy program. Oncet training is complete, these dogs are placed for adoption to a family wishing to continue the dog's therapy work.
What is a Therapy Dog?
A Therapy dog is considered a pet or companion and part of the family. Each dog is temperament tested, put through a rigorous training regiment and is certified as a Therapy dog through our Lend a Paw testing process. These special dogs are trained to maintain focus and respond to direction despite distractions. These dogs can promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning.
What is the difference between a Therapy Dog and just a trained dog?
Our Therapy dogs have not only completed an extensive training course, but have also passed our Lend a Paw test, had a temperament evaluation and been certified for therapy work. Our trained dogs are completely obedience trained, but may possibly not have the exact temperament needed for therapy work (i.e. the dog is uncomfortable around wheelchairs). Both Therapy dogs and trained dogs may be available for adoption.
Can I foster and/or train a Therapy Dog ?
We are absolutely looking for foster homes! We actually prefer that our LAP dogs go into a foster home instead of being kenneled at our facility. This gives the dog a better opportunity at maintaining their training in a home environment and keeps them socialized both at home and in public. Foster parents are responsible for the care of their Therapy dog as well as training maintenance. The actual training and testing is done by the Lend a Paw Coordinator and experienced dog trainers. It is incredibly rewarding to see these dogs that have come from a shelter environment being rehabilitated, trained and giving back to people in need. Contact The Lend A Paw Team if you are interested in fostering.
How can I adopt a Therapy Dog ?
We are looking to place Therapy dogs with a person wishing to be involved in our Lend a Paw program and continue the dog’s invaluable therapy work. Dogs that have completed their training and temperament testing are placed for adoption so that you and your new dog can immediately get involved in visiting schools, hospitals and care centers with a senior therapy member. You will need to complete 10 hours of supervised volunteer visits to be fully certified.
Click here for a list of our available LAP dogs. (In some cases, the dog may still be in the process of training).
For those wishing to adopt a trained dog but not wishing to be involved in Lend a Paw, we may have other trained dogs available for adoption that have not been certified for therapy work.
If you are interested in adopting a Lend a Paw dog, contact The Lend A Paw Team.
Can I use my own dog for therapy work?
Yes! We invite individuals who believe their dog has the right temperament for therapy work to get involved. If your dog has the right temperament but doesn’t have his basic obedience skills, you can take our 6 week course to prepare both of you for certification (you may also complete training with another recognized trainer). Completion of our training program does not guarantee that your dog will pass certification.
If your dog has obedience and you believe is ready for therapy work, you can take our Lend a Paw test and have your dog evaluated for certification. Once certified, you will also need to complete 6 hours of supervised volunteer visits to be fully certified.
If your dog was previously certified through another organization (Delta, Therapy Dogs International), you must still take the Lend a Paw certification test.
For more information about the requirements needed to get your dog certified as a Therapy dog, click here.
What if I don't see any Therapy dogs available for adoption on your web site?
There are times when we may not have any Therapy dogs available for adoption. If you wish to adopt a dog and want to be involved in therapy work, contact us. We may have a dog for you to foster and/or adopt as well as help train for the Lend a Paw program.
For More Information Contact The Lend A Paw Team.