David Burry gained his love for animals and the outdoors at an early age, enjoying long walks with his pet dog in nearby Tyler Arboretum in Delaware County, PA. For David, it brought an inner peace just watching his dog play together with other dogs and observe the way they communicated with each other with their eyes, their ears, their tails, and their posture. And when teaching a new cue and observing his dog work-to-please, it was so rewarding to eventually see them figure out exactly what he wanted them to do.
Much later in life, after two children, two businesses and several other pet dogs and assorted animals David, was introduced to a non-profit committed to the belief that their Assistance Dogs change the world one person at a time.
Having the opportunity to work with children and adults with disabilities, seeing them interact and respond with their trained service dogs and knowing from a first-hand experience how these dogs enrich their lives and brighten their day, all of this is an experience that David knew to be a life-changing path in knowing that he would have a part in making a difference and helping others. In addition to David’s work with PAWS Training Centers, he is a co-founder of Atlas Assistance Dogs– a nonprofit organization working towards teaching and certifying service dog trainers and providing funding for training non-specified disability groups with privately owned dogs.
David lives on a small farm in pastoral Lancaster County with two Golden Retrievers and surrounded with an abundance of wildlife.