Paws For Healing

$4,320 raised from 61 donations


How We Impact the Community

Our mission is to train and provide canine-assisted therapy (C.A.T.) teams to enhance the quality of life for people in our community. Our teams visit sites throughout the county, where we improve the health of both children and adults as they visit with the dogs.

We have 100 teams of tail-wagging dogs and their handlers to visit Napa’s hospitals, mental health facilities, special education classes, adult day care centers, cancer units, hospice and cancer support groups, rehabilitation units, and assisted living and senior care residences.

Our Paws For Reading teams visit public libraries and school settings where students read to dogs without adult correction (unless solicited). Recently, our fluffy caregivers were recruited to help calm children with ‘shot anxiety’ at pediatric Covid vaccination sites.

The dogs’ visits provide wordless affection and fur therapy. A wagging tail, a furry face, lots of love….that’s how we impact our community!


THE DOGS ARE BACK!!!” She shouted this and then cuddled with my canines as she said, “Thank you! We are so glad to have the dogs back post-COVID. Staff and patients missed you!

AW, nurse at Queen of the Valley

What a $10 donation buys

Purchase of bookmarks as rewards for students who read to the dogs.

Provides small treat bags for doggie rewards.

What a $50 donation buys

Pays for a uniform for a new human or canine volunteer.

Pays for a scholarship for the training.

Other Ways to Help

Volunteer opportunities:

  • New volunteer teams – one friendly, healthy canine and one willing
    volunteer are a team
  • Help with our annual Santa Paws picture event – reception, pictures
  • Virtual office support: phone calls, emails, website updates
  • Help at four training  sessions per year
  • Help with social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • Assist with new site development, such as student outreach

Wish List for donations:

  • Books for student readers to keep
  • Small gift cards (Starbucks, gas cards, etc) for volunteer ‘thank you’
  • Financial help with advertising
  • Updated technical equipment for training videos
  • Desperately need a regular training facility!

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(707) 258-3486
1370 Trancas Street, PMB 127
Napa, CA 94558
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