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Therapy Dogs make a PAWS-ative impact

Who We Are and What We Do

We are a non-profit with handler/dog teams located in the Mahoning Valley.  Our members visit special needs centers, schools, juvenile detention centers, nursing homes, and other venues. Our members have volunteered with the local county courts, children services and attend crisis calls. We’re a family of devoted volunteers willing to share our affectionate canines by providing our community with     

                  therapy dog support for their well-being.

​                                     Coming together from a wide                                            variety of backgrounds and                                     experiences, our skilled team of                                       handlers are the backbone of                                        P.A.W.S. Therapy Team. Their ideas                                help shape the direction and mission                                                                       of our                                                                             organization                                                                           as it                                                                                continues                                                                    to develop.

Our Mission

 With the help of our exceptional animal companions, we seek to

Provide Affection, Well-being and Support

to all those in need.


                   Our Vision

          Our goal for the future is to allow

            P.A.W.S. Therapy Team to become

                  recognized as an integral part of

                 the physical, emotional, and

         mental well-being of

                             members of our community.  

Therapeutic Visits

Researchers and experts agree that pets excel as therapeutic agents and that dogs are an antidote to depression. Studies have shown a decrease in both blood pressure and stress levels during therapy dog visits. A visit from one of our therapy dog teams can break the daily routine, increase overall emotional well-being, and stimulate the mind in dramatic ways. Our certified therapy dogs offer so many wonderful benefits to people of all ages such as:

  • Bringing joy and laughter, even if for a short time

  • Taking a person’s mind off of personal problems, aches, pains and worries

  • Getting people to share their stories, emotions, and rekindling warm memories of their pets

  • Giving a chance for people to communicate with others

  • Lowering stress levels and blood pressure

louie doing visitation

Why Our Dogs Are Special

Every dog who wears the special P.A.W.S vest has one thing in common, extensive special training. Each dog must pass the AKC-approved Good Canine Citizenship test and undergo a two-day training and testing. 

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