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About our organization

OUR MISSION
Uplifting the lives of animals, children and adults through animal-human interaction.

WHAT IS PAWSITIVE IMPACT?
Pawsitive Impact, a non-profit organization, was founded in 2009 as Not Just Animals.  Amanda Banks saw a vision connecting animals and people when she observed a lost dog in her classroom interacting with her students. It created amazingly positive behavioral results in both. Amanda knew the outcomes were impressionable and long term, thus beginning the transition to Pawsitive Impact in 2014.

Pawsitive Impact recognizes that the partnership between dogs and at-risk youth (as well as at-risk adults), has physical, emotional and psychological benefits for those at both ends of the leash.

READING AMBASSADOR DOG (RAD) PROGRAM
The organization first launched the Reading Ambassador Dog (RAD) Program. The purpose of the program was to assist struggling readers with their confidence and reading abilities through the comfort of reading with a therapy pet. These students often suffer from embarrassment, anxiety, and self-esteem issues.  Children read aloud to trained, therapy dogs.  The RAD program has been successful and has improved students reading skills by 12%–30% in as little as ten weeks.

ADOLESCENT LEARNING POWERED BY HUMANE ADVOCACY (ALPHA)
Pawsitive Impact rolled out its next program called the Adolescent Learning Powered by Humane Advocacy (ALPHA) Program. ALPHA’s purpose is to help challenged teens learn important life skills by training shelter or rescue dogs. As a result, the dogs become more adoptable and the youth develop skills to become resilient, empathetic, compassionate and responsible members of the community.

Here too Pawsitive impact became the pillar of success. In April 2018, the Sacramento County Board of Directors honored our program with an award recognition for our contribution to the community.

SIT BY ME
As we move forward we are reaching out to the juvenile court system and airports where stressful situations can be tamed. A child who testifies reaches out to the therapy dog sitting by their side for comfort. At the airport, those dreading to leave the ground, fear missing their flight or simply feel lost in the thick of chaos - a dog awaits to calm them. Anxiety dissipates. Change happens.


Pawsitive Impact is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, tax ID# 27-1080016.