Who is New Leash On Life?
Founded in 1997 and located in Newhall, CA, New Leash On Life (NLOL) is a non-profit animal rescue organization which rescues and rehabilitates dogs from local shelters. Upon rescue, all dogs are given any medical treatment needed, are spayed or neutered and then come to our Education, Rehabilitation and Adoption Center and either put up for adoption or evaluated for our Lend a Paw program. NLOL is a no-kill shelter.
What is the Lend A Paw Program?
Many of our adoptive dogs are given a basic obedience course by our staff. After evaluation, dogs that exhibit unique qualities and have the necessary temperament are chosen to enter the Lend A Paw Program where they are given extensive training to become Therapy dogs. Therapy dogs are certified and enter into our therapy program. Oncet training is complete, these dogs are placed for adoption to a family wishing to continue the dog's therapy work.
What is a Therapy Dog?
A Therapy dog is considered a pet or companion and part of the family. Each dog is temperament tested, put through a rigorous training regiment and is certified as a Therapy dog through our Lend a Paw testing process. These special dogs are trained to maintain focus and respond to direction despite distractions. These dogs can promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning.
What is the difference between a Therapy Dog and just a trained dog?
Our Therapy dogs have not only completed an extensive training course, but have also passed our Lend a Paw test, had a temperament evaluation and been certified for therapy work. Our trained dogs are completely obedience trained, but may possibly not have the exact temperament needed for therapy work (i.e. the dog is uncomfortable around wheelchairs). Both Therapy dogs and trained dogs may be available for adoption.
Can I foster and/or train a Therapy Dog ?
We are absolutely looking for foster homes! We actually prefer that our LAP dogs go into a foster home instead of being kenneled at our facility. This gives the dog a better opportunity at maintaining their training in a home environment and keeps them socialized both at home and in public. Foster parents are responsible for the care of their Therapy dog as well as training maintenance. The actual training and testing is done by the Lend a Paw Coordinator and experienced dog trainers. It is incredibly rewarding to see these dogs that have come from a shelter environment being rehabilitated, trained and giving back to people in need. Contact The Lend A Paw Team if you are interested in fostering.
How can I adopt a Therapy Dog ?
We are looking to place Therapy dogs with a person wishing to be involved in our Lend a Paw program and continue the dog’s invaluable therapy work. Dogs that have completed their training and temperament testing are placed for adoption so that you and your new dog can immediately get involved in visiting schools, hospitals and care centers with a senior therapy member. You will need to complete 10 hours of supervised volunteer visits to be fully certified.
Click here for a list of our available LAP dogs. (In some cases, the dog may still be in the process of training).
For those wishing to adopt a trained dog but not wishing to be involved in Lend a Paw, we may have other trained dogs available for adoption that have not been certified for therapy work.
If you are interested in adopting a Lend a Paw dog, contact The Lend A Paw Team.
Can I use my own dog for therapy work?
Yes! We invite individuals who believe their dog has the right temperament for therapy work to get involved. If your dog has the right temperament but doesn’t have his basic obedience skills, you can take our 6 week course to prepare both of you for certification (you may also complete training with another recognized trainer). Completion of our training program does not guarantee that your dog will pass certification.
If your dog has obedience and you believe is ready for therapy work, you can take our Lend a Paw test and have your dog evaluated for certification. Once certified, you will also need to complete 6 hours of supervised volunteer visits to be fully certified.
If your dog was previously certified through another organization (Delta, Therapy Dogs International), you must still take the Lend a Paw certification test.
For more information about the requirements needed to get your dog certified as a Therapy dog, click here.
What if I don't see any Therapy dogs available for adoption on your web site?
There are times when we may not have any Therapy dogs available for adoption. If you wish to adopt a dog and want to be involved in therapy work, contact us. We may have a dog for you to foster and/or adopt as well as help train for the Lend a Paw program.
********** C E R T I F I C A T I O N S **********
1. How do I sign up for certification for the LAP program?
a. Click here LAP CERTIFICATION APP to download the app.
b. Fill in the fields and save.
c. Start an e-mail to LendAPaw@nlol.org . Type your last name in the subject line
d. Attach your saved app. Attach the required photos and send.
This process will serve as your reservation and provide the updated info for the new ID cards. NLOL will verify your service hours at www.ourvolts.com and verify that you have a signed agreement on file and e-mail you a confirmation for the test date. Please do NOT show up for the test unless you have received a confirmation. Enrollment is limited per each scheduled class and space is booked based on the app. submission date. New ID cards will be mailed to the address on the app. shortly after the certification test. NLOL reserves the right to deny certification to any applicant handler or dog.
2. What if I want to certify two dogs?
Each test session is limited to ONE handler and ONE dog teams. One handler cannot handle and certify two dogs simultaneously. If you have two dogs to certify, here are the options: A. To certify both dogs at the same test session, one of your dogs must be handled by a different NLOL approved and certified LAP handler. B.Enroll the second dog into another scheduled certification class and you as the handler.
3. What is the cost for certification?
The cost for the certification is $50 for each “one handler and one dog” team.
Same rate applies if you are the handler for your second dog.
The same handler is limited to certifying TWO dogs. Each dog must be certified separately.
More info click here
Payment instructions and amounts will be listed on your RSVP confirmation.
All certifications performed at the NLOL ranch through May 2014 will be at no charge for existing LAP handlers and dogs.
4. What if my dog and/or I don’t pass the certification test?
You will have to enroll into another scheduled certification class.
The video Certification Test sample shows the guidelines (#8 below outlines the 10 steps) of the test. Work with your dog to ensure success. No refunds are issued.
5. How long is each certification valid?
12 months from ISSUE date. Handlers and Therapy Dogs must be certified by NLOL EVERY YEAR
Note: Regardless of the level and category of previous or present training or certification(s) rendered by other agencies, all LAP handlers and dogs must be certified by NLOL ANNUALLY as per LAP manual and agreement. Previously issued 2 and 3 year certifications are not valid. Handlers working with expired or invalid certifications see #10 below.
6. Where can I find a schedule and locations for LAP certifications?
For a schedule of dates, times and locations see
LEND A PAW CERTIFICATION SCHEDULE click here
7. Will I receive a new ID card after certification?
New ID cards will be mailed to the address on the app. shortly after the certification test. One new holder and one lanyard will be mailed with new ID cards.
8. How should I prepare for the LAP certification test?
Watch this video Certification Test sample
TEST 1. Accepting a friendly stranger - EV shakes hands with handler
TEST 2. Sitting for petting -
TEST 3 Grooming – Inspect ears, paws and use brush.
TEST 4. Walk – Follow path with loose leash and focus
TEST 5. Walking through a crowd
TEST 6. Sit, Down, Stay, handler walks away (on lead) and returns
TEST 7. Sit, Stay (off lead) handler walks away, Come (recall)
TEST 8. Reaction to another dog (sit is optional)
TEST 9. Distractions– Dog should not spook or startle. 2 barks OK.
TEST 10. Supervised separation – Handler walks out of sight for 3 minutes.
Dog should not verbalize, stress, pant or bark.
9. How long will it take to get certified?
The scheduled certification classes are approx. 60 minutes with consideration to the size of the class and if there are no disruptions.
10. Can I get certified elsewhere by an independent CGC evaluator for the LAP program?
You can get certified elsewhere, however, to represent NLOL and operate as an active & qualified member of the LAP Team and visit LAP sites, certification must be performed ANNUALLY and issued by NLOL to ensure that the organization has performed due diligence and with respect to liability and insurance purposes. Test and certifications are provided by NLOL in accordance with AKC/CGC standards to provide handlers with a comprehensive reference to a widely recognized guideline.
11. How does the LAP program define “active & qualified” LAP members?
See “Join the LAP Team” click here
LAP Handlers and Dogs must have valid certifications.
LAP handlers must have the required service hours logged at www.ourvolts.com
LAP Handlers must have a signed agreement on file with NLOL
12. How can I get replacement LAP ID cards & lanyards?
We can only replace ID cards issued by NLOL as of 7-20-2013.
Coming soon: Order LAP GEAR click here
For More Information Contact The Lend A Paw Team.