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Paws for Friendship

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103 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Karen408

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experiences with Paws For Friendship have been positive. Our little friends are making a BIG impact on their community. They are actively involved in many things and bring huge smiles and cuddles to all. Thank you for your love and service!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My corgi, Cooper, and I work with Paws For Friendship in Omaha, Nebraska where the group was founded 23 years ago. We visit with veterans, assisted living residents, hospice patients, and children at our local library. We love following the mission statement, "helping those in need one paw at a time". It is an amazing way to bring smiles and joy to those in our community who need a little ray of sunshine.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been an active bystander as Paws for Friendship works around my community. They are involved in every helpful organization in our town. One day visiting a hospital another consoling children after a traumatic event at a local high school. They actively support first responders from firefighters and police to teachers of troubled children or the local farmer's markets. I am always amazed at just how involved they are. In the tri-town area everyone knows who they are. The barriers they have broken down are just phenominal. A great organization doing great work.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Paws for Friendship brings the smiles to so many elderly in nursing and rehab. facilities. Many times they do not have family close by and many times they have wonderful memories of their own pets especially dogs. Even those with memory issues will be so clear about when they had a dog and tell us all about it and they have a calmness about them that is not always seen. I go to Arizona in the winter and my little yorkie "Munch" knows exactly which rooms he needs to go to and he always goes to the same rooms as the previous year! One woman just wants him to snuggle in bed with her of course with me by their side and she just pets him and tells me that this is the best part of her life!! We love that we have the opportunity to be part of Paws for Friendship to bring joy and love to the seniors that need it so much.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Paws for Friendship (PFF) is a compassionate organization whose members share their dogs helping provide comfort during difficult times. PFF takes the time to screen and evaluate the hanlders/dogs to ensure each is appropriate for visiting. A good organization.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Paws For Friendship has been truly wonderful! I have a 7 year old son who has 3 great loves... Pokemon, Reading & Dogs. When I discovered the Paws For Reading program, I was pretty excited (two out of three of his favorite things in the world combined)! We became regulars (especially in the summer) traveling from where we live in Meriden CT. , to various Hartford public libraries to take part in the program.
As I mentioned, my son Charlie loves to read, and is quite a proficient reader, but I have definitely noticed his degree of confidence, when reading aloud, grow exponentially as a direct result of taking part in this program!! I have also witnessed other children, who seemed to have some challenges with reading taking part in this program, and let me tell you... there is something truly magical that happens, when these kids engage with the Paws For Reading dogs! You can see their anxiety melt away, as they feel the warmth of the dog in their lap, and they focus their attention on reading to that dog. It is a beautiful thing!!!
We love Paws For Reading/Paws For Friendship, and would not hesitate to give them 5 stars!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a 30 year Army war Veteran I thank our God of life for PAWS For FRIENDS. Those Therapy dogs are filled with love a powerful healing gift from their little hearts. Their visits give comfort for all who hold these creatures of mercy and compassion. Thanks for caring for us. You make a world of difference in our lives. You are doing God's holy works!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paws for Friendship literally change lives, and always for the better. They all work tirelessly and relentlessly, doing so much for everyone they meet. Truly the best of the best

1 Julie261

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paws for Friendship is such an amazing organization. Anyone who owns a dog knows that the company of a calm dog in times of stress or sickness is the best medicine. So to have an organization of dogs specially trained just for that purpose is just nothing short of exceptional. I love that Paws doesn't just concentrate on one area; they're in nursing homes, schools, hospitals and so many other places. I'd like to extend a special thank you to the handlers / owners to selflessly give their time to help others. I wish an organization like this had come to my school so many years ago.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS for friendship is so amazing. The animals they provide to assist those in need is just continually inspire. It wasn't until I had experienced the joy that this organization brings to students that I realized it's full potential. My initial experience was with them in the school system, but as I became more familiar with them I realized their reach is much further - in nursing homes and hospitals and really throughout the community! I love PAWS for Friendship - They are the GREATEST!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paws for Friendship is an amazing organization that does such good for our community. From nursing home and hospital visits to working with kids, this organization gets fantastic results. There is one little guy named Gizmo that sit with kids at the library and they read to him. Children with learning disabilities have overcome their issues because of the love of a 3 1/2 pound dog. And it just warms my heart to hear the stories from the local nursing homes on how the residents perk up when these dogs come to visit. I can't imagine not having this program in our community. Paws for Friendship works!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you to the devoted owners and amazing dogs that make Paws For Friendship so special. The work you do, all of the joy and happiness you bring to the world is priceless.
Sometimes the people who are the most vulnerable are silenced or aren't appreciated. Your services show them otherwise.
Your recent efforts in Orlando are exactly what the world needs to see. People and animals coming together to share love and support in hard times.
We were first introduced to Paws For Friendship through the Paws to Read program with Gizmo, of Gizmo's Frens. Since then we are constantly proud of the work you have done and are continuing to do.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The service that Paws For Friendship provides is priceless. They come in many sizes, from large to mini, but the services provided are disproportionate to their size by far. The thing they all have in common is that the size of their hearts is immeasurable.

By visitations to Hospitals, assisted care facilities,schools and libraries, to mention a few, they, and their handlers, provide comfort, soothing and support to people who are experiencing difficult times in their lives.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you to the devoted owners and amazing dogs that make Paws For Friendship so special. The work you do, all of the joy and happiness you bring to the world is priceless.
Sometimes the people who are the most vulnerable are silenced or aren't appreciated. Your services show them otherwise.
Your recent efforts in Orlando are exactly what the world needs to see. People and animals coming together to share love and support in hard times.
We were first introduced to Paws For Friendship through the Paws to Read program with Gizmo, of Gizmo's Frens. Since then we are constantly proud of the work you have done and are continuing to do.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Paws for Friendship is an amazing organization. I've seen the animals and handlers in action in a few places, schools , libraries, nursing homes and hospitals. The animals are like magic! Kids focus and the ill relax. The handlers are amazing. They are very confident and confidential and caring. I really can't say enough good things about this organization. They truly are a blessing.

3 Diane182

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Watching therapy dogs doing their job and knowing the joy, consolation and/or empathy that they can bring to any situation, whether volatile or stable, is something a person never forgets. The pet visitation teams of Paws for Friendship do this on a daily basis in nursing homes, rehab centers, senior living, hospitals, schools and even libraries; in addition, teams reach out in times of crisis, such as the recent tragedy in Orlando. Each team in its own way makes a difference and an unforgettable impact. The volunteers of Paws for Friendship and the organization need to be commended for their dedication and their ability to help one paw at a time. This nonprofit organization is truly top notch. I speak from experience having a pup who is a therapy dog in Arizona.

2 Dana71

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paws for friendship is an amazing organization. Their service animals and their handlers do amazing work that benefit so many people.

2 Jill97

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paws for Friendship provides an invaluable service to our community. Furry family members are more important in our society than ever before, and when people are removed from their loved ones due to circumstances beyond their control, the pain is great. Receiving a visit from a therapy animal can literally give patients or elderly a reason to live again. There are many documented emotional and physical benefits of such a program for the grateful recipients. Personally, knowing this program exists gives me joy and hope.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Paws for friendship is a wonderful organization. I have found therapy dogs to be an essential, healing, comforting, part of almost all traumatic situations. So much so we are trying to get therapy dogs as part of our Community Emergency Response Teams in the state. This way we can have easier access and faster response to the therapy dogs when needed. I, myself, have seen how a therapy dog can sense one person in a group who needs him the most and seek out that person to just sit by him/her-you can't help but smile.

3 Denise144

Client Served

Rating: 5

Paws for Friendship is a wonderful organization that does so much good. These dogs are trained especially to help those in need, giving support and comfort to children, the sick, and anyone who is facing difficult times. I have had an occasion to call upon them when a family member was ill, and they were willing to drop everything to go to that person's side. The people involved in this organization are truly among the most caring of individuals, and I believe their compassion is boundless.