Dogs of EENPEyes Ears Nose and Paws (EENP) harnesses the unique strengths of human-canine partnerships to improve lives at both ends of the leash. We teach inmates to train assistance dogs that we then partner with people who have disabilities.

This creates a triple win:

  • our dogs get full-time attention, training, and love;
  • the inmate-trainers develop interpersonal, leadership, and job skills while giving back to the community despite their incarceration; and
  • our clients receive life-changing support for their disabilities in the form of a highly-trained canine partner.

At Eyes Ears Nose and Paws we recognize that dogs have a huge untapped potential: an astounding ability to read and understand human behavior, incredible noses for detecting scent, an enormous capacity to love unconditionally, a desire to learn and work with us --- to touch on a few possibilities. We believe in harnessing these capabilities and partnering with dogs to improve people’s lives.

Our Programs

Learn more about how we are creating amazing partnerships with dogs by taking a look at the programs we have underway …

Service Dog Program

Our Service Dog program provides trained dogs to assist individuals with mobility impairments with daily activities such as opening doors, retrieving items, and turning lights on. Service Dog partnerships encourage independence which, in turn, offers more opportunities, dignity, and privacy for people with mobility impairments.

Medical Alert Dog Program

With her phenomenal sense of smell, a medical alert dog can detect changes in medical condition, like a drop in blood sugar, well before medical technology can detect those changes. This “early warning” allows our clients to take corrective action and maintain better control of their medical conditions, avoiding short-term medical crises and leading to dramatically fewer long-term complications.

Most of our medical alert dog placements are diabetic assistance dogs. These dogs use their noses to assist individuals with diabetes by detecting fluctuating blood sugar levels and alerting their handlers to these changes, preventing hypoglycemic comas and helping diabetic individuals to better regulate blood sugar levels. Diabetic Assistance Dogs can rouse a sleeping handler or, if needed, alert another person to the medical emergency.

At Both Ends of the Leash (ABEL)

Our prison dog-training program is called At Both Ends of the Leash or “ABEL”. It has been in place since 2014 and currently has dogs in residence at two NC prisons. These two ABEL partnerships have a capacity of 22 dogs and 33 trainers.

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