paws4people Founder and CEO Kyria L. Henry, MAHS Receives National Award from Points of Light

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- paws4people Founder and CEO Kyria L. Henry, MAHS has received a national award from Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.  Originating out of the White House during George H.W. Bush’s presidency, the Daily Point of Light Award celebrates the power of volunteers to spark change and improve the world through community service.

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In a report to the nation on his efforts to engage Americans in service, Bush called these volunteers “points of light” stating, “Points of Light are the soul of America. They are ordinary people who reach beyond themselves to touch the lives of those in need, bringing hope and opportunity, care, and friendship. By giving so generously of themselves, these remarkable individuals show us not only what is best in our heritage but what all of us are called to become.”

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paws4people Founder and CEO Kyria L. Henry, MAHS received Daily Point of Light Award #5575 in recognition of her boundless energy, indefatigable industry, and selfless service to transform - and save - one life at a time through the support and companionship of highly-trained Assistance Dogs.  For Kyria, "paws4people is my passion and calling."  Kyria has been involved in every aspect of breeding and the up to two-year training and placement process for 449 working dog-client teams, which dogs are provided at no cost to each client.  In addition to her responsibilities as CEO, Kyria is Program Director and Instructor of The University of North Carolina Wilmington Assistance Dog Training Program (ADTP), the first and only comprehensive Assistance Dog academic certificate program at a state university, and has an adjunct faculty appointment at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.  paws4people partners with the School of Medicine to host a Puppy Development Center housing 5 Assistance Dogs in-training.  Kyria most enjoys watching college-aged students undergo a life-changing experience of training a dog, loving and being invested in that dog, and giving that dog to a child or adolescent with physical, neurological, and/or psychiatric  disabilities, or a Veterans or Active-Duty Service Member with Chronic/Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma (MST).  To all who know her, Kyria is a leader, a teacher, a role-model, and a national treasure.

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As a Daily Point of Light Award honoree, Kyria will receive a special commemorative certificate produced by Points of Light and signed by former president Bush at the paws4people 4th Annual Family Reunion and Graduation Awards Dinner to be held on October 10 (6-8 pm) at the Wilmington Convention Center, 515 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

About paws4people
paws4people was founded in 1999 by then-12 year old Kyria Henry.  In the ensuing 16 years, paws4people has placed more than 400 highly-trained Assistance and Facility Dogs providing support in areas such as mobility and psychiatric service, educational and rehabilitative assistance, and social therapy.  paws4people specializes in training customized Assistance Dogs for two general groups: children and adolescents with physical, neurological, psychiatric, and/or emotional disabilities; and Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members with Chronic/Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma (MST).   paws4people has more than 200 volunteers and operates in 21 states, placing dogs with nationwide consideration.  Together, our dogs have made more than 1,000,000 therapeutic contacts.  Learn more online at Connect with paws4people on Facebook at and on Twitter at @p4pfoundation.