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Hand in Paw

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Health, Health Care, Human Services, Youth Development

Mission: To improve human health and well-being through animal-assisted therapy

Target demographics: people of all ages facing physical, mental, behavioral, cognitive, and educational challenges

Direct beneficiaries per year: the patients, students, and clients of 100 inpatient medical units, clinics, schools, and a wide range of human service agencies

Geographic areas served: North 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

Community Stories

88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hand in Paw has helped my granddaughter over the past two years by bringing dogs to Children's Hospital in Birmingham. this has brought her comfort on clinic days when she has chemo with a number of needle sticks. She was terrified of needles when she was first diagnosed, I don't know how she would have coped without this wonderful program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My little dog, Pippa,my husband and I have worked with HIP for the last 8 years.
We usually visit once a week. We have worked in Children's of Alabama,
and are now at Bruno Cancer Center. What joy we receive when we make
the staff and patients smile during our visits. There is nothing as wonderful
as seeing the results of a therapy visit...holding a soft, warm little dog is hard to
beat!! We are so grateful to Hand in Paw for making our visits possible.
Philippa, Frank and Pippa Bainbridge

Christy R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful organization. They come to UAB's campus to cheer up patients and students. I rushed downstairs last March when I realized they were in the building. I told my family if I'm ever in the hospital again to contact Hand in Paw because no medicine works on cheering your spirit like a visit from Hand in Paw does! I love this organization so much that once I'm able to get a dog I am planning to train it to serve as a Hand in Paw service dog.

Chelsea C.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that does wonderful things and I am hoping to join the team with my dog soon!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hand in Paw provides highly desirable and much needed animal assisted therapy in our community. I have witnessed children’s faces light up at the sight of our therapy teams during times when they need them the most! I am so proud to be involved with this incredible organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization with wonderful staff members.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am the owner of 5 Standard Poodles, three were rescued, also 2 Recused horses and 6 rescued cats. Love them all and they are here on my farm forever. This endeavour of Hand in Paw in an inspiration for all other nonprofits. Does amazing things for our tiny four footed babies. I recommend this organization highly!

Kaileigh B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was doing a clinical at a pediatric PT clinic twice a week for a semester and a Hand in Paw team came each day during my time shadowing. It was so amazing to see the children's faces light up and sometimes even perform their therapy better when the dogs were there. Sometimes the dogs were even included into the therapy, such as a patient who was working on walking getting to take the dog for a walk. Some patients would walk further than they normally would. It was so amazing to watch the children having fun and smiling, not realizing they were still doing their therapy when they were interacting with the dogs.

Hand in Paw teams have also come to my college during high stress times during the year and it has been so amazing how much the dogs can calm us down and bring us some stress relief. Talking to their owner about them, sitting down and petting the dogs, and just taking a break from reality for a few minutes is so nice.

1 Steve B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hand in Paw serves the Birmingham- Hoover Metro Area with unconditional love and support. HIP’s therapy teams visit area hospitals, schools, nursing facilities, and businesses to bring smiles and unconditional love. Many of their teams are integrated into learning programs, physical therapy tratments, and mental health/counseling sessions. They also have special teams trained in trauma and grief therapy to support schools and workplace crises.

jjohnson13

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have attended several visits with the thearpy teams and have witnessed the work they do. The team, that consist of the dog, handler, and a helper. I have seen this team walk into a setting where a toddler was doing rehad and this little boy was not happy. When he saw the dog I saw his face light up and the biggest smile you have ever seen came on that little boys face. I have seen this many times and you can see the healing process take a surge forward in the smiles on the kids and retired seniors they visit. A wonderful organization performing a wonderful service.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, we go on shadow visits to see the therapy team in action. I wish we could take everyone on one of these visits. My visit was seeing a 3 year old little boy getting some much needed physical therapy and he was not having it. When the therapy dog walked into the room he went from crying to the biggest smile you have ever seen. That so enforced my love and support for this organization.

1 Rene N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I have seen this group in action in so many different situations, all with different needs, such as Ronald McDonald House, a nursing home, a children's hospital, a school, a shelter for adolescent runaways...with these variety of needs being met by the gentle presence of the sweet animals and volunteers within the program. I've seen children crying from pain and fear, suddenly laugh and smile when their dog friend wags his tail and sits close. I've seen nursing home residents sing to the dogs and smile and use all their strength just to reach out to touch and stroke the dog that reminds them of home and days of their youth. Residents who are isolated and never want human contact, always welcoming the dogs. I could go on and on. It is such an honor to be a part and to be a front row witness of the healing and joy unconditional love from the animals brings to so many in so many ways.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very impressed with the work Hand In Paw does. It is a great organization that provides comfort and therapy to so many.

Cooper F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hand in Paw is an excellent non-profit bringing animal assisted therapy to Alabama. Their events are well run and their social media and outreach is outstanding. I'm proud to assist at HIP Events and support the organization.

BrittanyJ15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I used to work at a ad agency where I was able to do design work for Hand in Paw. Through this process, I was able to learn all about them and started volunteering with them. It is so rewarding. The impact they have on the Birmingham community is beyond measure. People's lives are changed by their visits and animal-assisted therapy interactions.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hand in Paw helps so many people in so many ways...when you see and hear stories of children with physical disabilities, communication issues, and bullying issues have experiences with Hand in Paw therapy dogs, it is truly heart warming. The children have smiles on their faces, they come out of their shell, they have days that they look forward to. I have seen children at the Bell Center very involved with therapy dogs from singing, walking, playing, learning to be gentle, and laughing when they get a kiss from the dogs. I have heard about the stories at UAB and Children's hospital of the smiles from patients receiving treatments that would otherwise cause much anxiety, but because of the therapy pets, the treatment actually involves smiles.
Hand in Paw is beneficial to patients, families, and the therapy teams. Every life touched has a positive experience.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization has helped many people get through difficult physical and emotional situations with the help of animal assisted therapy. Children have learned to read, become responsible, and to not bully with the help of Hand In Paw. People all of ages have smiled, laughed, and been comforted by the touch of an animal.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I believe in the power of animal assisted therapy and LOVE what Hand in Paw is doing in central Alabama!! Hand in Paw volunteers bring so much joy and happiness to so many people in need.

Board Member

Rating: 5

To me, Hand in Paw encompasses so many facets of assistance to others in our community. On any given day, their certified trained teams can be found spreading love and compassion at our local Children's Hospital, Hospital Cancer Center, School Reading Programs, working with troubled youth, developmentally disabled children, visiting an Assisted Living Facility or Skilled Nursing Facility, at a local university or business providing stress relief from exam pressures or stressful business environments. Many of the animals who are a vital part of the trained therapy teams are actual rescues from local animal rescue organizations. In volunteering with Hand in Paw, it's been a segway in to working with or touching so many other organizations where we all work together to enrich one another's respective missions. This is just one of the many reasons why I am dedicated to, and love, Hand in Paw.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

After going on several visits, I simply had to get involved with HIP. It is an amazing group doing amazing work at Children's, UAB, and so many other institutions around this city. As a board member and as a husband/dog parent of a therapy team, I see all the angles of this organization and couldn't be more impressed with the work HIP does.

2 Laura G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first started working for my current employer 11 years ago, I noticed the animals in the lobby and wondered how they were allowed inside a hospital. I inquired for more information and learned about Hand in Paw and their Petscription Program. Shortly thereafter I got a puppy of my own and becoming a therapy team with Hand in Paw seemed like the logical next step. We cherished our time as a therapy team, but Lula has since retired. My love for Hand in Paw hasn't stopped though. I am still actively involved on their Junior Board.

1 Katie K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hand in Paw is one of the most rewarding non-profits to be involved with. From the staff to all of the volunteers (animals included), they are a joy to work with. Their mission is amazing and their work in the community is even better.