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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paws for Friendship is wonderful. It has changed so many lives and is truly an inspiration to me. Animals play an underrated role in our lives.

3 Pam_122

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

5+ star review from us for Paws for Friendship!! What a caring organization that is actively making a difference in this world! Many thank yous for its many positive, ongoing contributions - we love you, your integrity and the kindness and compassion that you spread ♡♡ !!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently joined paws for friendship. The team I work along is incredible! They are caring, compassionate and go above and beyond to help in the community. The head of the organization is truly dedicated, kind, compassionate and selfless.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working hands on with this organization truly showed me how it is more than just what you see on the outside. Every volunteer has a passion to comfort those they serve, all while keeping the animals happy and healthy. They also use social media to their advantage to spread word about the work they are doing.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words can't express how deeply grateful I am for this organization. My wife of 27 years was in a hospital refusing to speak or eat. She had given up. That's when a Paws For Friendship team came in. They sat with my wife patiently and lovingly as she smiled for the first time in months. Then we discovered my wife would eat if she could share her meal with the dogs! These dedicated folks came in every day at mealtime for weeks to make sure my wife continued to eat and heal. Because of them, we happily celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary recently...and several of the dogs came as welcomed guests as well as all of our beautiful grandchildren and great grandchildren. God bless you, truly, for all you do!

2 Faith17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paws for Friendship is an amazing non profit organization dedicated to helping people, from children to adults, by having them interact with specially trained therapy dogs. The excellent work therapy dogs do for people is becoming nationally known. Paws for Friendship is a dedicated and caring organization that brings dogs to libraries to help children learn to read, hospitals, elder care facilities, hospice, emergency response teams, schools just to name a few places where we can find therapy dogs doing so much good today. If you are looking to make a difference with your yearly charitable donations, this is a very deserving organization.

2 Angelina4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have read about their works via Facebook and I think that they are excellent, I wished I could be part of them!!!!! Keep up the great pawsome work!!!!!!!!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of the best therapy groups out there making use of animals.. In nursing homes they are a huge part of the care for the elderly and especially Alzheimer's patients.. These pets are also very important to autistic children and just generally shy and quiet kids. I really wish there were even more chapters. What an amazing organization. Kudos to all the great work they do..

2 Erin110

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is doing amazing things. All you need to do is look at the smiles they put on peoples faces to know the good they are doing. To see the way the animals and their handlers work together is an inspiration.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have interacted with a Paws for Friendship dog named Gizmo for several years now. I watch how people just light up in his presence and how he seems to know who needs him. He visits nursing homes, hospice patients, and hospital patients--all the people who need his comforting presence. He helps kids with reading. His mom Jen is tireless and dedicated to getting Gizmo to the folks who need his comfort, as are all of the Paws for Friendship volunteers. This is, in my opinion, one of the most selfless and beneficial charities around!

2 Christiane O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have crossed paths with many nonprofit organizations, but none as one so true in spirit and heart healing. You cannot put a price tag on the connection between humans and all those amazing Paws. Thank you for caring and sharing - the quiet calm and smiles you brought to my mom was one of those unforgettable moments.

2 Helen44

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of witnessing the enormous difference the animals and handlers of this organization make in the community. They are dedicated, compassionate and work very hard to understand the exact needs of those they serve. They are willing to drop their own lives at a moment's notice if there is an urgent need and will give 100% in every situation.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have witnessed what this great dedicated organization does.

2 Linda419

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paws for Friendship is a wonderful therapy program. It is amazing how therapy dogs are able to help people with just their presence. I have always believed that the use of animals is a very non confrontational way to deal with all types of people. The therapy dogs from Paws for Friendship are able to assist people in many different environments from schools, hospitals, rescue situations, etc.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paws for Friendship is a wonderful group of people and the pets important role visiting hospice, helping children read and comforting those through tragic events. I am also looking into enrolling my dog for Paws for Friendship and will get the wonderful chance to work with Jennifer Adams and Gizmo and other great friends.

2 Carol225

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paws for Friendship is a great non-profit that gives so much love and happiness to so many..in nursing homes, assisted living, hospitals, schools, etc. They put a smile and a purpose to those in need and provide comfort.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw the peace, relief and joy on the faces of my mother and my aunt in the hospitals, nursing facilities and long term care facilities when one or more of the pups from 'Paws for Friendship' arrived to visit. Remembering their happiness during and after the visits has made it a little easier to deal with their passing. I can't recommend this organization any where near enough!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paws For Friendship is an awesome part of our community! They volunteer their time to help people of all ages in a number of ways. I have personally seen their teams in action in my sons' school system. I'm really impressed with the scope of their work and the positive impact it has on people.

2 Sandra116

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paws for friendship has helped our family through a rough time during when my nephew was put into a medical induced coma and was only givin a 2 % chance of survival. They put on their show to ask everyone to pray and I believe that in mass prayer that he pulled through. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I was surprised to see this organization in action in 3 different states! I saw them in a hospital and 2 different nursing homes. On all occasions the dogs were well trained and were able to create smiles where before there were none. God bless all the volunteers in this amazing organization!

2 Sandra115

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is awesome. I'm so proud to be a part of it. Because of this organization I bring my cat to nursing homes and at risk youth homes. It brings joy to so many people.

3 Irmi R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paws for Friendship is an outstanding organization that brings joy and improved health to those in need. The owners and dogs are compassionate and loving partners in our society. Their positive and healing methodology to those in need is an outstanding community service. It is well known that petting a dog will lower blood pressure and brings about a semi-euphoric state of well being. I applaud this organization and commend them for their good work.

3 Michael394

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paws For Friendship is great .. They do a lot for many ... They help many people out that are in need to feel better and comfortable ... The dogs calm people down and overall make everyone feel better ,,,,They also comfort people in time disasters in life ... I think its a great program .. They all are heroes..

3 Char P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Paws for Friendship spreads smiles nation -wide. These loving critters can make you smile whoever you, These 4 legged angels and their 'moms' are bringing smiles and hope to everyone they visit. Faith spends her day with all ages, and loves her students at Horizons4Girls.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization brings so much joy, comfort and love to so many that are suffering, some at the very end of life. Gizmo is one such kind little dog that lights up a room and puts a smile on the most sad face and lifts a spirit when someone most needs it!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group of wonderful volunteers works tirelessly to provide the much needed companionship of animals in times of stress and hardship. It brings me great pleasure to follow their heart warming work!

3 Sandy118

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an incredible organization, having met Gizmo and his sister and knowing the tireless effort to give love and comfort where needed is amazing.

2 Karis M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization, I personally have been touched by one of the therapy dogs and his human and it was an experience I will never forget that came at a time just when I needed it!

2 Al__11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Paws for Friendship is an awesome organization. I can't express how much Jen and Gizmo mean to me. I have observed Gizmo on several occasions and he has an innate ability to comfort people, He is a true ambassador to Paws for Friendship.

Jen, Gizmo's handler, truly loves working with Paws for Friendship. Always ready to go at a moments notice, she is the pinnacle of service before self.

I can't say enough good things about this organization. Your support is needed and appreciated!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization! I joined with my dog and it's been terrific. I love seeing the smiles my dog and the other dogs bring to people's faces. My dog and myself have made new fur and human friends, and help bring companionship to children and the elderly. I knew my dog was special and I'm very thankful this organization has given me the opportunity to share his love with others!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do so many good things for so many people. We are so thankful for everything that they do

3 Britta3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These service/therapy pups are a god send!! They are more than companions. More than there to make you smile, which they do. They are an amazing part in aiding at schools, hospitals, rehabs, raising awareness. I have seen, first hand, how the sight of a beloved pup will bring a smile to a needy child's face. The world is a better place for having these hard working, adorable, loving pups and their owners in it. Thanx you all!!!!!!

3 Grahame S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paws For Friendship is such an important organization. Having animal and human volunteers who know when a person needs to snuggle, laugh, cry or just sit in solitude is priceless. They do wonderful things for our community that go beyond tragic situations. Volunteers are dedicated, wonderful people and their pets are sweet, intuitive and of course, adorable. I highly recommend them!!

3 Jane109

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When a four legged orphan needs a friend, Paws for Friendship is a must. Compassion, love and commitment abound.

3 Michelle361

Client Served

Rating: 5

I personally know a few of the awesome dogs and they are wonderful! They bring so much happiness and smiles to so many people. Their handlers are selfless, wonderful people who do not hesitate to help. The dogs have a calming presence about them. Just being around them does so much good. They help so many people in so many different ways. They listen, they help dry tears and help to forget your problems even for just a little while. They help heal the heart and soul. Paws for Friendship is THE BEST!

-Michelle Powell Manchester NH

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The presents of these fur kids is always a blessing. They give comfort to the sick and frightened. They brighten faces and hearts of those that are lost or feel like they are forgotten. They cause smiles and lighter hearts. The world needs more of this kind of un selfish love.

3 Jen_64

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been both a blessing and a privilege to watch the difference this organization makes in our community. As a teacher in our public school system, for 4 years I have witnessed these therapy animals transform students from insecure to confident, from anxious to calm, from reluctant learners to eager. I have seen the dogs in hospitals and elderly care centers as well, always seeking to lift the spirits of anyone in need. I am so glad Paws For Friendship is part of our community here in Connecticut! The world needs more of this!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to be part of this all volunteer organization for 23 years. There has never been any paid staff, everyone is a volunteer! We share our certified and registered pets with those in need in care centers, hospitals, VA facilities, rehab centers, etc. Our Paws To Read Program has had remarkable results helping children with reading skills! We are very proud of our Community Outreach Program helping in numerous Communities throughout the Nation!