Paws-able is the brainchild of New Vista member, Roy Ransom, 22. As a young man living with cerebal palsy, Roy has overcome many obstacles in working towards living independently. An active member and spokesperson of New Vista’s Speakers’ Bureau, Roy advocates on behalf of individuals with IDD. “I have dealt with some very difficult issues such as homelessness and other challenges not even related to CP,” explains Roy. “I am very grateful for the support I receive from New Vista and the staff from my home. I told them I really wanted my own dog, a rescue dog. I was dealing with issues of depression, and I thought that in rescuing a dog, we could really help each other, so I asked about starting the program and we did.”
With the support of the Animal Foundation, volunteer dog trainers, and local animal lovers and donors, the New Vista Paws-able pet therapy program was launched in July. Roy visited the shelter at the Animal Foundation, met and fell in love with King, a black Labrador/Pitbull mix.
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