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Hand in Paw

Rating: 4.94 stars   50 reviews 1,650

Address:

617 38th Street South Birmingham AL 35222 USA

Mission:

Hand in Paw's mission is to improve human health and well-being through animal-assisted therapy.

Target demographics:

children and adults

Direct beneficiaries per year:

97,000+ people in Central Alabama

Geographic areas served:

Central Alabama

Programs:

• Petscription – Positive distraction from pain and worry for patients in hospitals and motivation for meeting therapeutic goals in rehabilitation units and early intervention programs • Pawsitive Living™ & No More Bullies– A curriculum-based, goal-directed program for troubled youth, teaching anger management, relationship-building, empathy and compassion • Sit, Stay, Read! – Encouragement for reluctant young readers to gain confidence, sharpen their skills and improve school performance by reading aloud to a nonjudgmental furry friend

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205.322.5144
www.handinpaw.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have volunteered in the office for 14 years and I can vouch for the integrity, compassion and dedication of this organization. Today I am just as passionate as I was in the beginning about Hand in Paw's contribution to the community.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Hand in Paw for almost 10 years, and still, everyday I am amazed by the work that they do and the positive effects it has on our community. Animal assisted therapy is a proven method of the human/animal bond that truly exists. I am very proud to be a part of their mission.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer with my dog and also on the staff. I started volunteering in 2001. Over the years I have personally witnessed many angry young people in Pawsitive Living begin to show warmth and compassion. I know our work is impacting lives forever. Hand in Paw is amazing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Recruit more volunteers

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

What other organization encourages volunteers to work alongside their pet in order to make a difference in people's lives?! Hand in Paw is an incredible organization where you can volunteer with your whole family AND your pet! Volunteers can truly participate in this organization's mission: "To improve human health and well-being through Animal-Assisted Therapy". Hand in Paw is unique in that it is a nonprofit organization that serves so many other nonprofit's mission throughout the area-I believe that is what sets it apart from other organizations--the impact of their services is so profound that other nonprofit organizations seek their services to help the population they serve. Hand in Paw truly makes a difference.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've observed Hand in Paw animal-assisted therapy have a profound impact on the quality of life among the children and adults they serve. The dog-friendly events they host throughout the year are well planned and tons of fun.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization encompasses so many avenues of service to the community with their diverse vision and utilization of pets who are trained, along with their owners, to provide animal assisted therapy. The standard of excellence in which they conduct their business has gained them national & international attention with other similar entities reaching out to them for guidance in their own programs.
Hand in Paw currently provides pet assisted therapy to Cancer units in hospitals, Children's Hospital & various units within that hospital, workplace stress environment therapy along with college campuses & study groups, therapy assistance with troubled youths, reading & literacy programs, autistic and developmentally disabled, therapy visits to the elderly at Assisted Living & Skilled Nursing facilities as well as the abused, battered, mental health and substance abuse. Their scope of services continues
to expand and be in demand creating a broad waiting list of clients to experience their compassionate services delivered through their trained pets and the pet owners.
It's pretty cool to see them in action.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I concur with their current path of operation. I only wish there were more money to allow them to continue to grow their scope of coverage.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have witnessed first hand the life changing power that Hand in Paw teams bring to those most in need . They restore dignity , respect and a sense of belonging to those whom life or circumstance has set aside . This organization is well organized , mission focused and populated with passionate and talented staff and volunteers worthy of your sponsorship . They have mine .

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

If you like volunteering with your kids and family-- this is a wonderful organization for it!! My kids and I visit a variety of places with our therapy Golden Retriever, Lucky. It is more beneficial to my kids than it is to those we help. It is just so very rewarding. Everyone should become a therapy team.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer and Board Member with Hand In Paw. My kids (son Banks (14) and daughter Lauren (13)) and I volunteer 1-2x a week with our therapy dog Lucky. We often get more out of these visits than those we visit. My kids get to see other kids their age with "real" life problems and are forced from the bubble they reside in every day. They learn to appreciate their lives, health and family. Those they visit benefit from seeing my kids take time from their very busy schedules to spend time with them (we often participate in 12-week Pawsitive Living Programs or monthly visits with the elderly at assisted living homes). Plus, they adore Lucky who is the perfect dog for pet therapy. We have seen abused kids "come out of their shells" with Lucky and end a visit by hugging and laying on him. The smiles Lucky brings to everyone's faces is worth all the money in the world!!!

Hand In Paw is especially unique and fabulous because it reaches and benefits a huge spectrum of other charities. From Children's Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House to homeless shelters and retirement homes-- Hand In Paw helps all sorts of people every day. I love it!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

If you like dogs, cats, or any other pets, support this organization!

I was a member and committee head on the Junior Board, which organizes two large events each year. The events always go smoothly and all participants have good experiences.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer with Hand in Paw with my dog Banjo. From my very first interaction with this organization, I have been highly impressed with their commitment to excellence and professionalism in the training and services they provide. It is an absolute privilege to be part of this organization. It has enriched my life, and I am so thankful that through Hand in Paw, my daughter, my dog, and I can be part of enriching the lives of others in our community who are needy, struggling, or suffering.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer with HIP with my dog, Dinah. I just hope that the lives of the people we visit are as enriched as my own, through my HIP activities. The organization is dedicated to the programs and facilities we visit, as well to support of its own volunteers. It's growth over just the last 3 years I have been been visiting has been remarkable, thanks to the dedication of the staff and ever-increasing support by the community.

 
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