Nonprofit organization for therapy dogs and children battling illness!

Nonprofit organization for therapy dogs and children battling illness!

Nonprofit organization for therapy dogs and children battling illness!Nonprofit organization for therapy dogs and children battling illness!Nonprofit organization for therapy dogs and children battling illness!

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About Us

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Our Mission

Picnics With A Pup is a nonprofit organization, located in Woodbury, Minnesota.  PWAP has a mission to provide hope and healing to children battling illness.  We believe in the power of healing that comes from a visit from a therapy dog and the power of hope from a basket full of fun surprises.  We serve Saint Paul/Minneapolis and surrounding areas.

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Our History

Kara Salzmann, Minnesota native, mother of two children and one Goldendoodle pup, founded Picnics With A Pup in 2018 with the hope of spreading the same amount of gratitude she feels every single day as she reflects on the many blessings in her life!  A magical thing happens when gratitude meets the calling for service and thus, Picnics With A Pup is born!

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What we do

Picnics With A Pup is a non profit organization that partners with hospitals and other non profit groups that support the mission of providing hope and healing to children battling illness.  Children are visited by a licensed therapy dog that delivers picnic baskets filled with fun and inspirational surprises  Picnic basket items include books, toys, puzzles, movies, a stuffed puppy, and blanket.  Each visit includes interactions with a therapy pup and includes a picnic experience, whether that is a pup performing tricks or spreading out a blanket and reading to a pup.  

Help Our Cause

Your contribution supports a community with interests in children battling illness.  $10 provides a book of encouragement to a child that has lost hope.  $25 provides a game or toy that provides distraction to difficult daily struggles.  $100 provides a picnic basket full of surprises.   

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