Great organization! I have been a member for two years and have enjoyed and been totally confident in the group. Always positive visits and comments from facility coordinators. Director Jan, is truly a wonderful person with a dedicated heart for the group. I look forward to many years with Paws. Seems negative comments from members that did not meet basic requirements of the group or did not research he club. All dealings with members I know are perfectly satisfied with internal workings of Paws. This is an honest group with a true goal of providing comfort to those that need it.
I have been a part of this organization for 10 years. Even once I lost my dog, I was still allowed to volunteer in other capacities and was very thankful for this. Paws for Friendship has done nothing but share love of pets to those in need. As an all-volunteer organization (no one receives any type of monetary compensation, not even the Founder) we are a group of people dedicated to bring joy and happiness to those in need. Everyone plays an important role serving and giving their time by visiting, fundraising, marketing, etc... I saw several notes previously regarding insurance lapse in coverage. The fact of the matter is that as soon as we were told of the coverage issue we rectified immediately. We notified all volunteers with complete transparency and provided update insurance certificates. There have been volunteers asked to leave the group for causing issues with other volunteers they had personal issue with. We do not condone drama or pettiness. We are a group of responsible and caring individuals with the same goal. Please be sure to read all of the comments and keep that in mind when you see the ones with low ratings. We are not perfect and we cannot make everyone happy, however, we strive to make those we visit happy and bring them joy. That is why we exist and have been able to operate for and celebrate 25 years
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Sorry to say this but was very disappointed with my experience as a volunteer for this organization. Most importantly promises made before I joined included that volunteers would have liability insurance policy for their visits. Now finding out that for many years they didn't have the policies they said they did, and I submitted falsified proof of insurance documents to facilities I wanted to visit as part of the process to get my dog approved to make visits. Don't appreciate being made a dupe in their deceptive practices. They took my money but didn't deliver.
I volunteered with this organization for 5 years. *Then* I found out last December that they'd allowed their volunteers' liability insurance coverage to lapse and had sent out altered insurance documents to the facilities I was visiting for 3 1/2 of those years, putting not only the facilities at risk but each and every one of us volunteers. This is a completely unacceptable way for an organization like this to operate and I will never trust them again. I feel betrayed.
This is a wonderful organization that services homes for the elderly, hospitals, libraries and schools. Totally volunteer organization where we visit people and kids can read to our dogs in our Paws To Read program in schools and libraries. It is an honor to be able to help so many with the support of this organization.
Paws For Friendship is a wonderful organization that I am proud to be an active member of this group with my two Cavalier King Charles spaniels Lena & Jazmine. We visit many senior facilities where my dogs bring smiles to all they meet. They offer comfort and support in a way that amazes me every time we visit. They can bring smiles to someone who in the fog of their illness has not found a reason to smile before. We also visit a local school where children can read to my dogs in an effort to help their confidence in our Paws To Read program. I am so happy to have joined this worthwhile organization that is completely supported by donations and has no paid staff, just volunteers.
I can not express enough how much Paws For Friendship has touch my families life since we joined. Seeing the joy on the patients faces when we walk in the rooms. It brings us just as much joy. Not only are the visits amazing but the group is also. Love going to the Yappy hours and meeting other members. Plan to stay with this incredible organization a long time!
A top knotch non-profit organization that provides a valuable service to those who need the service. The smiles on the faces of the patients who loves when PAWS comes to visit is very rewarding. The kids at the library for the read visits also love this time. A very satisfying way to spend time volunteering. I have been affiliated with the organization for many years and refer my adopters who adopt greyhounds from my organization to Paws For Friendship for these worth while activities.
I have been not just a volunteer but a Coordinator for PFF. On 12/6/2016, as a Coordinator I was a part of an email group from another Chapter alerting the CEO and the coordinators to the fact that the insurance certificates we all had since JULY 2013, were fraudulent. The CEO has no good answer for this. The CEO says this is because of something that happened in 2012. No good explanation for the ins. cert. in my hand that states coverage JULY 2016 to July 2017. I have tried to understand and get the truth. Also there are no "reportable financials", no acting board, no reports, nothing. Board members have told me they quit because they had no access to any info. Believe there is criminal fraud in the insurance certs., and an underreporting of $$ received yearly from members. The Florida Attorney General's office has been notified. Hoping someone can at least get an answer as to the insurance certificates. I took the insurance certificate to a public school board, PFF was allowed on school campus only because of the insurance. The premise of the organization and members are great, the leadership is doing something rotten.
As a former patient in a nursing home/rehab facility it is such a pleasure to give back with monthly visits with my Therapy Dog, a retired Greyhound. I'm proud to be a member of PAWS For Friendship. It is wonderful to see all the smiling faces from patients as well as staff when we visit. They remember her and many call her by name. PAWS FOR FRIENDSHIP is needed and appreciated.
I've been involved with them for many years & they are a wonderful group. The people that run this organization should be very Proud...They give so much of themselves to help the ones that need it the Most.
I just started volunteering for this organization and right away I could see that it is very well organized. Aside from that, the opportunities they give us to share our precious pets with other people is so rewarding. My Lab, Dude enjoys all the attention, pats on the head and ear rubs. Just to think that a simple visit to someone could turn their day around is so fulfilling.
This nonprofit is an awesome organization! They do so much for the community and enrich people's lives in every way imaginable. I will continue to support their efforts and the difference they make throughout Connecticut, and the eventually the world! Proud of you Jen!
I have been in contact with a friend that participates in the Paws for Friendship. She is amazing person that takes her little guy where ever he is needed and at any time. This organization is getting the animals back into society, and showing there is people that care about one another.
Our daughter is currently being mentored & is working with Paws for Friendship for her Ag Ed project(SAEP). She's had wonderful opportunities to help bring joy & happiness to the young and old alike and has gained valuable Econ compassion through this amazing outreach.
She has loved everything that she has done with this group and has said that "Paws for Friendship" puts a smile on everyone's face as soon as they see them coming.
Thank you for this opportunity and I pray that anyone who is in need of cheering up gets the opportunity to have a visit from them.
Paws For Friendship is an amazing organization. I take my fur kids to nursing homes and seeing the smiles they bring to others makes my heart happy. God bless all of you who do so much to make others happy, even if it is for a short while.
Paws For Friendship should be named a National Treasure. Never in my life have I met such dedicated and compassionate dogs and people so invested in helping others. And all volunteer. Where do we find more like you?
I have seen and heard nothing but positives about this organization. The introduction of the Canine Family into the world of those affected and involved in numerous personal and environmental issues is seen by many as to be very positive.
What they have done to contribute in such situations shows nothing but love and compassion. It only goes to show both by Canines and Humans that togetherness and involvement can truly be beneficial and productive to the healing process of any situation..
By being involved in the field of Animal Care and running a Popular site educating the public about Canines, I only hope soon to become more involved in this great Organization..
Wonderful organization doing outstanding good work. I am a nurse practitioner. The benefits from the work of this group can not be emphasized enough. Thank you Paws for Friendship for all you have done, are doing and will do.
I have witnessed lives transformed through the work of this organization. As one of my Army vets with PTSD told me, "These dogs are better medicine than any pill they could give me. They're all heroes." Thank you for volunteering your time to help so many, including our Nation's heroes. There is a special place in Heaven for all of you.