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Phone: 205.322.5144
617 38th Street South
Alabama 35222
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Target demographics: children and adults

Direct beneficiaries per year: 70,000+ people in Central Alabama

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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™ – Twelve-week, 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

Hand in Paw's mission is to improve the health and well-being of children and adults by serving those with physical, emotional, educational, or psychological needs through interactions with professionally-trained Animal-Assisted Therapy Teams.

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Since founding Hand in Paw in 1996, my life continues to be enriched bystories of lives being touched (and bettered) by the unconditional love of a therapy animal. I have visited wtih 7 different thearpy dogs over the years and continue to visit with my Shih tzu Promise at Children's Hospital of ... more »
I am a Hand in Paw volunteer with my dog, Ivan. We enjoy the visits with clients and we get a lot of support from Hand in Paw. It is a great organization that serves the community well. I am proud to be a small part... more »
Hand in Paw is a wonderful organization to work with. It's a pleasure working alongside the volunteers and it's wonderful to meet every person touched by their work. Hand in Paw reaches into every facet of the community and is unforgettable once you've seen a therapy animal at work... more »
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