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November 9, 2023

A Life Long Love of Animals Breeds New Opportunities

Christina, a January 2022 graduate of Pawsperity, said one of things she likes most about working as a groomer at Pawsperity Grooming Salon in Lee’s Summit is the creativity to adapt a breed’s standard cut to a dog’s particular facial features. “What’s considered a standard cut for a particular breed,…
July 31, 2023

Modeling What’s Possible

When 26-year-old Christine Banks was selected to the inaugural class of Pawsperity in 2016, she was a quiet, but strong, single mother seeking a better job—and a better future—for her two children.
March 3, 2023

Family Man: Ronnie

Ronnie’s family is a big part of his life. He is a brother to five sisters and father of five daughters. Someday, with the skills he’s developed at Pawsperity, he hopes to be the patriarch of his own family business.

Success Story | Ashley
December 21, 2022

Keeping Promises

When 32-year-old Ashley was a little girl, her parents divorced. At just 7 years old, she made a promise to herself to someday have her own family that would always be together. More than two decades later, she found herself in a devastating situation.
Success Story | Annie
October 10, 2022

Dogs as Healers

Annie knew she was willing to do what it took to work with dogs, her lifelong dream. Just like many other students, the power of the human-animal bond helped Annie graduate from Pawsperity’s extensive grooming program.
February 2, 2021

Holding on to Hope

Surviving childhood trauma and the hardships of poverty and addiction can turn little things into big deals. For April, it was getting her personalized grooming scissors, a milestone for students at Pawsperity.