Dog Care Center As Job Training
Hale Kipa now has some four-legged friends in Kaneohe to assist its mission of helping at-risk youths, thanks to Paws for a Cause.
“We do a lot of different things for youths, mostly at-risk youths, but the one thing that we really had not yet built into a lot was vocational training,” explained Stacy Evensen, general manager of Paws for a Cause, and director of educational and vocational services at Hale Kipa.
While trying to look for options, Evensen discovered Virginia Woof Dog Daycare in Portland, Ore.
“I went to visit them, and I was very impressed with their job-skills training program,” she said.
She saw the therapeutic value of working with animals for traumatized youths, and she also realized that such a program could allow the private, nonprofit
Paws for a Cause certified dog trainer Marie Selarque works with Mele on basic training techniques. The new dog daycare business opened last month in Kaneohe and will train youths this spring as part of a funded vocational partnership with Hale Kipa. It’s open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Photo from Jennifer Sudick.