Paws-Ability, Inc. is dedicated to providing service dogs of exceptional quality with no cost to Veterans, First Responders, and Correctional Officers that have sacrificed for our country and community. Our mission is to empower these noble men and women with Traumatic Brain Injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, and mobile disabilities, to return to their everyday lives with confidence and dignity.
Paws-Ability, Inc. was founded in 2019 as a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization by Jim Day, John Wells and Natalie Faudree. Jim a Vietnam Army veteran, John a Vietnam Navy veteran, and Natalie the wife of Joseph Faudree, a Marine Corp veteran, developed this organization with the goal of transforming the lives of Military Veterans, First Responders and Correctional Officers with a program that provides trained service dog companions.
At Paws-Ability, we unleash the potential of dogs by transforming them into individually-trained, life-changing assistance dogs for people in need. Many of our service dogs are donated AKC certified Labrador Retriever puppies or are dogs that are rescues and have been evaluated as being suitable for service dog work.
Paws-ability has partnered with ‘A Dog on Prison Turf’ at the Madison Correctional Facility in Indiana for the initial manners and obedience training. This program has proven to be successful for the inmates that care and work with them and for the animals that are receiving their constant attention. Once the training is complete, the dogs will be partnered with their forever companion and the training to be certified begins.
Many of our board members have service dogs themselves and have experienced first hand the positive impact these service dogs can have on someone’s life.
Our board consists of Board Co-Chair, Jim Day (and Samson), Board Co-Chair, John Wells (and Cash), Secretary, Natalie Faudree, Treasurer, Matt Adkins (and Preston), Board Member, Diane Day, Board Member, Rex Smith, Board Member Gloria Gilley (and Lizzy) and Board Member, Jean Lee.
Our board is dedicated to supporting and making a positive impact on the lives of those that have devoted selflessly to our country and community.