Madeline O'Brien

I’ve learned a lot of responsibility and patience. I’ve learned social skills. I was a home-schooled 12-year-old who was very shy. I wasn’t one to strike up a conversation with somebody I didn’t know. My first puppy was placed with a client who was blind, and I got to meet her and talk to her. It was really cool for me to see what all my hard work had led to, and it has helped me gain confidence. Without me, these dogs wouldn’t be able to help people.
- Madeline O’Brien, nominated by PAWS with a Cause