Mission: PAWS of CNY, Inc. is a non-profit organization located in Central New York that is dedicated to enriching the lives of people and animals through mutually beneficial interaction. Over 200 volunteers across Onondaga, Oswego, Cortland, Madison and Cayuga Counties bring their pets to visit residents at more than 55 facilities in Central New York, bringing smiles to more than 800 people every month.
Target demographics: Nursing home residents, hospital patients, airport travelers, and students
Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds of patients, residents students, and travelers in Central Ne York
Geographic areas served: Central New York
Programs: animal assisted wellness services and pet therapy.
I work at SUNY Oswego as a Residence Hall Director and I have partnered with PAWS for the last 3 semesters. PAWS has been amazing to work with - the volunteers are friendly and the animals are fantastic! It's always a well attended event, averaging 150 students in attendance each time PAWS visits my residence hall. The students enjoy their time with the animals so much and I have seen many student cry tears of happiness when they see these animals. With mental health issues on the rise especially within college age students, partnering with PAWS is something I couldn't imagine NOT doing! It's so beneficial to my students - the animals give them a feeling of comfort that I just can't provide.