Local non-profit trains dogs to help people in need

LA CROSSE, Wis. — A local non-profit organization is helping people with great needs in our community.

Paws 4 Independence raises and trains dogs to help people with post traumatic stress disorder, people who have seizures, and people with diabetes. It’s been in the area for three years with a dozen dogs working right now.


The pups are specially trained to help the owners get out of bad situations or give them the warning they need to stay alive. “It’s very rewarding, I’ve had parents call me and say my daughter’s dog or my son’s dog woke us up last night and their blood sugar was at 58 or 60, and it’s just awesome to hear that,” says founder and certified dog trainer Marcie Jenson.

If you’d like to support the cause, there’s a fundraiser this Saturday at the Hmong Cultural Center. There will be training classes, food, prizes and more.