Dog Care Cen­ter As Job Train­ing

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Front Page - By PAIGE TAKEYA

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.

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