WHO WE ARE
"Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling the emptiness we didn't ever know we had." - Thom Jones
Paws for Patrick was created to honor the memory of Patrick Roemer through providing support to young people with mental health issues through the use of emotional support animals (ESAs) and therapy animals.
Patrick brought joy to so many people during his short life. His family will always cherish memories of his infectious laugh, heart-warming smile, analytical conversation, authentic creativity, discipline for physical fitness, and especially his love of animals, particularly dogs.
His friends remember him for his sharp and often irreverent wit, his patient and compassionate listening, his loyalty, and fearless competitive nature as witnessed in his participation in wrestling, football, rugby, and obstacle course races.
Patrick had a very special connection with his animals, particulary his beloved dog, Cici. No matter what was going on in his life, he would find peace, comfort and light when he was with her. After Cici's quick and unexpected death, Patrick adopted Indy, a Cici lookalike, and planned to have her join him when he entered Colorado State University as a freshman in the fall of 2020.
Unfortunately, Patrick struggled with depression and anxiety through most of his young life, and this disease took him from his loved ones at the young age of 18.
WHAT WE DO
Paws for Patrick is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting young people to emotional support animals to aide them as they live with mental health illness.
Our vision is to facilitate the acquisition of emotional support animals (ESA) for young people coping with mental health issues, by providing and sourcing the animals, as well as training and educating, and securing letters of certification for ESAs.
In addition, we provide opportunities for young people to interact with therapy dogs in group settings.