UNC Paws reaches fundraising goal

UNC PAWS is a Personal Support Dog program that provides therapeutic benefit to clients of the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health. PAWS has become a key part of the recovery process for many suffering from mental illness. The program rescues dogs from local shelters and works with a nonprofit that supervises inmates who train the dogs to become emotional support animals. Earlier this spring, PAWS announced it would need to raise $50,000 by the end of June to continue operations. As of this week, they have achieved the goal.

The PAWS story attracted widespread attention in local and social media and, as of June 29, the program has raised more than $55,000.

Here is a sampling of local news coverage:

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