Thanks to the incredible community support for our Paws4Kids campaign, our Paw Pals are changing children’s lives! After a successful pilot in 2019 and ongoing community support, our Paw Pals team have continued to grow. We’re excited to announce, after raising over $380,000 in our Paws4Kids campaign this year, we’re expanding our Paw Pals program to support children and young people in Geelong so they can succeed at school with therapy dogs.
Thanks to the generosity of our community, our Paw Pals team are continuing to work with:
- Children who are unable to live with their birth families and are looked after by staff in residential care homes
- Students at MacKillop's Education Schools in Maidstone and Caulfield
- Kids in mainstream schools who have been excluded from the classroom because of behaviours that can't currently be managed
Together, our Paw Pals team are helping children to develop the emotional regulation, self-awareness, confidence and social skills they need to be able to learn.
In a year where so much has been uncertain, they’ve also been a reliable and stable support helping our most vulnerable children through difficult times.
When I’m with Millie, it makes every bit of stress that I’m latching on to lets go. It just goes. Working with Millie brings my day to a different level of happiness. I’ve never been that happy in my life than when I see that dog.