|July 13, 2015
Morning Coffee with Angel Paws, Inc.
It’s hard to not stand out in a crowd when you’ve got an adorable puppy with you. That’s exactly how we first noticed Shelly Shetley and her service dog, Jewell. After talking with Shelly, we found she has a unique story and service to offer
Shelly was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy after being in a car accident at age two. The doctors who worked on Shelly told her mom and dad that she would never talk, see or walk. They were not sure if she would/could hear, and they said she would be severely mentally disabled. Thirty-nine years later, Shelly can definitely see, talk and hear and can walk short distances with assistance. Beyond that, she graduated high school, worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA and has a master’s degree in social work
AngelPaws, Inc. was started four years ago after her mother Margaret encouraged Shelly to pursue her dreams. One of those dreams was to educate people with service and guide dogs about their rights in public places and about the talent and dedication that their dogs have toward them. Consumers who attain service dogs have a two-week training where they learn how to work with their dog and learn a bit of their rights, but with such a short, intensive training, that latter lesson is often forgotten
Many times, ignorance and people’s discomfort in certain situations happen because of a lack of awareness and education. This is why it is also a goal of AngelPaws to educate businesses and the public on the rights that people with service and guide dogs have
So what can AngelPaws do for you, someone you know or a business who could benefit from this training? Shelly is available to give presentations to businesses, service organizations, school groups and even individuals. For more information on how to book a presentation with AngelPaws, visit their website at angelpawskconline.org or contact Shelly here.
SJC Marketing would like to share another great way to become informed. The next AngelPaws’event, Paws for Help: Making the Impossible Possible, is at the Zona Rosa Children’s Park on September 26 from 11a.m. – 3p.m. Don’t let your lack of knowledge keep you from supporting the community of people with service and guide dogs and standing up for their rights.