P.A.W.S. Animal Therapy Program is run by a wonderful group of volunteers that make their way around to eleven different nursing homes, two facilities for the mentally challenged, one home for the autistic and one home for children affected by Cerebral Palsy. They visit each home three times yearly. P.A.W.S. has been using shelter animals for therapeutic purposes for over 25 years.
During these visits, the residents are encouraged to stroke or hold the animals and interact with them. Our volunteers bring appropriate dogs and cats from P.A.W.S. currently awaiting adoption.
These visits are enjoyed by the residents and are therapeutic as well. Animals used for therapy are calming and uplifting. It has been proven that animals can help improve quality of life. The volunteers enjoy bringing smiles to the faces of those who may not be able to interact with animals otherwise and also benefit from hearing heartwarming stories and memories of cherished pets once belonging to those residents. The animals themselves are rewarded with a trip away from the shelter and all the extra attention lavished upon them. The nurses and caregivers look forward to our visits as well and are very helpful and accommodating while we are there. P.A.W.S. Animal Therapy Program is truly a blessing to all those involved.