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Causes: Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: To lovingly provide elders, children, and folks with disabilities therapeutic visits with a gentle affectionate pet.

Programs: Paws for reading - located in area schools and libraries, paws for reading pairs trained and certified reading therapy teams with young and/or struggling readers to provide a positive reading experience which encourages a love of reading and helps to develop literacy skills.

eldercare/hospice - paws teams visit with folks throughout the entire spectrum of elder care: adult day care, assisted living, alzheimer's units, rehabilitation, skilled care, and hospice. Presently, paws teams visit eleven units in christiana care (newark), four units in christiana care (wilmington), six units in union hospital, physical therapy at st. Francis hospital, and several chemotherapy labs at the helen f. Graham cancer center. Working with children, our teams visit exceptional care for children and the radiation unit at helen graham.

mental wellness & disabilities - the organization partners with physical, occupational, and speech therapists, drug and alcohol treatment programs, easter seals and chimes, and bancroft neurohealth to provide companionship and motivation to participants.

autism initiative - in this program our therapy teams, who are specially trained to work with children who have autism, work in the school setting to support the goals and skills the teachers have identified for their students. Paws teams may work with the speech therapist, the occupational therapist, or the classroom teacher on whatever skills the professional teacher asks us to focus on.

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PAWS for People™ (Pet-Assisted Visitation Volunteer Services, or PAWS) is a non-profit organization committed to providing therapeutic visits to any person in the community who would benefit from interaction with a well-trained, loving pet.

What makes PAWS for People stand above other pet therapy services is the emphasis we place on providing individualized therapeutic experiences for every person we visit. Our strict standards in training and testing dogs and cats make sure every therapy team is capable of meeting the various needs of our diverse clientèle.

PAWS is most active in New Castle County, Delaware, but also services areas of Kent an Sussex County, Delaware, southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, Cecil County, Maryland, and Gloucester County, New Jersey. PAWS visits people of all ages, ethnicities and income levels.