P.A.W.S. (Pets Aiding Wellness) Volunteers
The Pets Aiding Wellness (P.A.W.S.) program offers volunteers with therapy dogs and those who want to be evaluators, the unique opportunity to share the healing power of companionship with those in need. P.A.W.S. volunteers are able to visit patients on various units with their friendly pet and express compassion, warmness, and hopefulness through conversation.
Pets must be certified by an approved therapy organization. Volunteers need to ensure pets are groomed, approachable, and leashed at all times when in the facility.
P.A.W.S. Evaluators provide valuable feedback on the interaction between the patient and the P.A.W.S. team during the visits.