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 from city and county shelters, then rehabilitates and re-homes the dogs. Upon rescue, all dogs are given needed medical treatment needed, are spayed or neutered and then transported to our facility and are made available for adoption. NLOL is a no-kill shelter.
What is the Lend A Paw Program?New Leash On Life is proud to introduce the Lend a Paw program. Since 2005, Lend a Paw has been committed to enhancing the lives of individuals experiencing physical, mental, emotional or life challenges by providing social and therapy dogs to offer assistance, warmth, compassion, unconditional love and a healing environment.
Lend a Paw volunteers and their therapy dogs visit hospitals, nursing homes, schools for special needs and veterans facilities to provide healing for the patients and students. New Leash On Life also opens up this opportunity by providing specialized training services for individuals who wish to adopt a Therapy Dog for personal use, train their own dog for personal use or join the the LAP program with their own personal dogs. click here for more details
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 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. See more details at GET INVOLVED
How can I adopt a Therapy Dog ?
New Leash On Life provides specialized training services for individuals who wish to adopt a Therapy Dog for personal use, train their own dog for personal use or join the the LAP program with their own personal dogs. click here for more details
Can I use my own dog for therapy work?
New Leash On Life provides specialized training services for individuals who wish to ude their own dog. If your dog has obedience and you believe is ready for therapy work, you can take our Certification test to evaluate your dog. click here for more details