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Hale Kipa’s Stacy Evensen, director of Educational and Vocational Services, and Marie Selarque, certified dog trainer, discuss the launch of the new Paws for a Cause dog daycare on Hawaii News Now Sunrise on Jan. 26, 2015.

View the video segment here: http://youtu.be/RQjU8RNQPuc

Paws opens Feb. 16, 2015, and dogs are currently being accepted by calling Evensen at (808) 546-9998 to schedule an initial temperament assessment. Services include 1/2 day and full-day dog daycare, dog boarding, dog training and dog bathing.

Paws is located at 46-178 Kahuhipa Street (directly across from Windward Dodge in Space P) in Kaneohe.

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For additional details on Paws, read our recent news release:

Hale Kipa Expands Operations with New Dog Daycare in Kaneohe
The program is the first of its kind in Hawaii, providing job skills training for at-risk youth.

HONOLULU, HI (Jan. 20, 2015) – Hale Kipa is opening a dog daycare in Kaneohe unlike any other in Hawaii that specializes in supervised, off-leash dog playtime while providing job skills for at-risk youth. It is one of the only dog daycare facilities of its kind in the U.S.

Hale Kipa spent the past two months renovating the location at 46-178 Kahuhipa Street (directly across from Windward Dodge in Space P) to provide a safe, specially designed area for dogs to play. The facility features toys, treats, comfy lounge furniture and a large active space that is well supervised by trained staff and a certified dog trainer. Hale Kipa has hired and trained staff for the daycare, which can accommodate up to 25 dogs at a time. The daily rate includes supervised off-leash play, basic training to reinforce good dog manners, and periodic bathing.

“In addition to meeting the area’s need for a clean, conveniently located dog daycare at competitive prices, we are furthering our mission of providing youth with job skills and financial sustainability,” said Stacy Evensen, director of Educational and Vocational Services at Hale Kipa, who modeled Paws for a Cause after a similar program in Portland, Ore., and developed the business plan with assistance from students at the University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business. “Working with dogs has proven to be beneficial for at-risk youth by helping them regain a sense of trust, worth, confidence and responsibility.”

 Funding for Paws for a Cause renovations and supplies was provided by a$100,000 grant from Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation, as well as community donations. Under the guidance of Genie Joseph, an adjunct professor at Chaminade University, Hale Kipa has also drafted an Animal-Assisted Health and Healing curriculum with funding from the HMSA Foundation that focuses on the principles and practices of a healthy lifestyle through working with dogs.

Youth trainees will learn how to care for and supervise dogs at play while also learning other aspects of the dog daycare business, such as customer service, facility and inventory management, web design and photography. “Soft skills” such as punctuality, teamwork and conflict resolution will round out the training. Upon completion of the 12-week program, participants will receive a certificate and assistance in finding a job or re-entering school.

Paws for a Cause will open Feb. 16, 2015, for half-day or full-day dog care and training available from 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday-Friday by appointment only. Half-day rates are $18; full-day rates are $32 per dog. All dog breeds and sizes are welcome, but each dog must complete an initial temperament assessment with Paws staff prior to enrollment. Dogs that do not qualify may opt to enroll in an intensive evening training class with the Paws certified dog trainer to improve eligibility. Dog daycare temperament assessment appointments are currently being accepted by calling Evensen at (808) 546-9998.

Monetary donations are being accepted via mail at Hale Kipa, Inc., 615 Pi’ikoi Street, Suite 203, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814-3139, and items such as dog toys and furniture can be donated by contacting Evensen atsevensen@halekipa.org or (808) 546-9998. More information and updates are available at www.halekipa.org or atwww.facebook.com/HaleKipaPawsforaCause.


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