Paws for Healing (PFH)

Paws for Healing (PFH)

What We Do:

Mend hearts as we bring comfort and joy to the community. Paws for Healing trains teams of friendly dogs and their loving, skilled handlers to visit frail, infirm, or elderly people at healthcare sites. Paws for Reading teams visit students in schools and libraries. These human-canine teams use their love to heal!

PFH recruits loving dog owners with friendly dogs to participate in specialized classes and evaluation by professional canine trainers. Dogs are temperament tested and evaluated for safety and friendliness. Seasoned mentors provide hands-on training and final certification. Trained teams then become part of the PFH network and receive ongoing training.

Paws for Healing is planning a new initiative to bring a national model of court dogs to Napa, offering nonjudgmental comfort and healing to children who have been abused or traumatized.

Other Ways to Help:

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Provide training and expertise on topics such as elder care, literacy, and challenging patients.
  • Invite PFH to a site.
  • Help with our Santa Paws event.
  • Assist with publicity.
  • Help with trainings (organize, phone call, help with set up, etc.).
  • Help with volunteer recognition.

Donations needed:

  • Permanent space for training
  • Small gifts for volunteer appreciation
  • Reading rewards

Business Partners:

Mello Sales Group is a supporter of Paws for Healing.


We really appreciate the patience and understanding both Barbara and Rafa have with our elderly patients. The furry and non-judgmental canine who accepts them unconditionally sometimes provides the best medicine of all.

~ Ail. M. Carter, Activities Coordinator at assisted living facility

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