A Pawsitive New Program
CBR YouthConnect (CBRYC) has teamed up with Freedom Service Dogs (FSD) to launch Pawsitive Connection, an animal-assisted training program that connects at-risk youth and unwanted dogs with disabled individuals. The 12-week-long program enrolled 60 girls and boys ages 11–17 referred by Metro Denver organizations that assist at risk girls and boys. The first class graduated in May, 2008.
Pawsitive Connection is a natural extension of the successful animal therapy programs that are a hallmark of CBRYC. The program combines CBRYC’s experience in helping youth gain social skills, self esteem and responsibility through our “New Leash on Life,” a nationally recognized on campus dog-training and adoption program, with FSD’s 20-year expertise in training dogs for the disabled. FSD rescues dogs from area animal shelters and custom trains them to provide physically and developmentally disabled individuals with a greater degree of independence and quality of life.