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PAWS Of CNY Inc.

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Causes: Animal-Related, Animals

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.

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Rating: 5

PAWS Of CNY Inc. was an absolute pleasure to work with. I previously worked as a Residence Hall Director at SUNY Oswego and brought them into my residence hall once a semester from 2011 to 2014. The volunteers were excellent to schedule, plan, and communicate with. PAWS was by far my easiest outside group to work with.

The actual service they provided to our students was immeasurable. I worked primarily with first-year college students who were struggling with being away from home for the first time, trying to handle the stresses of college-level academic work, and many of whom were simultaneously struggling with a wide-range of mental health issues. Every time PAWS would come in, our students would light up. Afterwards, they'd tell me that interacting with the dogs (and their volunteer handlers) was the highlight of their semester and that they could feel the emotional weight lift off their shoulders.

I would highly recommend PAWS of CNY Inc. to any Central New York college or university, as well as to other organizations such as schools, hospitals, etc.