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Courthouse Companions


Court dogs soothe child victims

PAWS for People has partnered with Maryland courts to help children on the witness stand.

Rick Altemus and his therapy dog, Chip, interacting at Cecil County's Child Advocacy Center.

Rick Altemus and his therapy dog, Chip, interacting at Cecil County’s Child Advocacy Center.

“I still haven’t been able to figure out how she knows what she knows,” Altemus says.

The master-certified courthouse canine is among a growing number of therapy dogs across the country brought in to comfort the young victims of physical or sexual assault during medical exams and lengthy interviews. More important, the dogs lay at the children’s feet when they have to climb on the witness stand to face their perpetrators in court.

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CCCC Business Spotlight


PAWS for People and our own Lynne Robinson (pictured holding Thera P. Dog, PAWS training demo dog) were recognized by The Cecil County Chamber of Commerce on May 14th, 2015 at a special recognition luncheon. Read the press release below or click here to open a PDF


Cecil County Chamber Accentuates  the Positive in Our Community

The Cecil County Chamber of Commerce celebrated 19 member businesses, nonprofits and individuals on Thursday, at a first-time recognition luncheon at the Upper Chesapeake Ballroom in North East, MD., with special honors bestowed upon two employees of the Cecil County Department of Senior Services and Community Transportation.

The new “Business Spotlight” program was designed to pay tribute to businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals, for major contributions to civic and economic growth.  The achievements for which members were recognized included new businesses, new ownership of existing businesses, significant business expansions, quinquennial anniversaries (5, 10, 15 years, etc.), and individuals or organizations selected for county, state or national awards.

Linda Burris from Delmarva Power, who serves as the current Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Cecil County Chamber, was asked why an event like this was needed.  “Individually, each of these accomplishments is worthy of celebration,” said Burris.  “Collectively, they have even greater significance because they speak to the success of our business community and to the overall quality of life we enjoy here in Cecil County.”

 The following businesses, organizations and individuals were presented certificates of recognition, with some being honored for multiple achievements:

  • Artesian Resources Corporation – 110 years in Business
  • Asian Garden – New Business
  • Bluegrass Materials – New Ownership of an Existing Business
  • Cecil County Public Library – Recipient of a National Award
  • CQI Associates – 20 Years in Business and National Recognition
  • The Fair Hill Nature Center and Environmental Foundation – 25 Years in Business
  • Geo-Technology Associates, Inc. – 30 Years in Business
  • Hollywood Casino – 5 Years in Business and Business Expansion
  • Marion Miller & Associates – 15 Years in Business
  • Morris & Ritchie Associates, Inc. – Significant Business Expansion
  • NorthBay – 10 Years in Business
  • PAWS for People – 10 Years in Business
  • Premier Auto & Tire – 10 Years in Business and Expansion of an Existing Business
  • ProCargo, Inc. – 20 Years in Business
  • Michael Ratchford, W. L. Gore & Associates – Individual Award at the State Level
  • Success Programs, Inc. – 25 Years in Business
  • Town of Cecilton – 150 Years in Business
  • West Cecil Health Center – Significant Business Expansion and New Facilities.

Honoree Lynne Robinson from PAWS for People was pleased with the exposure this event afforded her nonprofit organization.  “Thanks to the Chamber and their extraordinary efforts to increase visibility and possibilities for area businesses and organizations,” said Robinson.

As the last item on the program, Cecil County Chamber President/CEO Bonnie Grady announced a surprise category when she presented two first-ever “I.M.P.A.C.T. Cecil County” Certificates of Recognition to Linda Tull and Krista Gilmore from the Cecil County Department of Senior Services and Community Transportation.  Grady explained this special category was created to honor “Individuals Making Positive Additions and Changes To Cecil County”.  Tull and Gilmore are founders and creators of the new web-based, user-driven, interactive database that powers the new online community service known as Volunteer Cecil.

The Chamber hopes to make the Business Spotlight an annual celebration of our community, according to Grady.

For more information on this event, or about the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce, contact Bonnie Grady at or 410-392-3833.

Scene About Town: These Dogs Celebrate Easter, Too!

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The lawn, the eggs, the Easter baskets, and … the leash? This Easter tradition was for the dogs! About a hundred well-behaved canines and their owners turned out last weekend for the annual PAWS for People Easter Bone Hunt at Skyline United Methodist Church in Wilmington. Owners were asked to bring their own baskets, as their beloved pets roamed the grounds in search of eggs filled with bones, treats and prizes. The day included games, light refreshments, music, face painting and photos with the colorful Easter Bunny!


Click to check out thevFocus on Delaware podcast featuring PAWS that aired on January 4th!

Cecil County’s Volunteers of the Year

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Paula Trout, PAWS Member, recognized as one of Cecil County’s Volunteers of the Year: County recognizes volunteers of the year. Cecil County Executive Tari Moore and the County Council recently recognized 17 individuals for devoting hundreds of hours of volunteer time to help others in their community during 2013. The annual recognition event has evolved over the years… Click here to read more

Delaware Pets: Four dogs named Animal Heroes


Tuesday at Dover Downs, four of the many companion animals that enrich our lives with their companionship and service will be named winners in the Second Annual Animal Hero Awards.

The honors are presented by the Delaware Veterinary Medical Association and PAWS for People Pet-Assisted Visitation Volunteer Services after a statewide contest seeks nominations. Click to read more…

Beebe Healthcare Offers Pet Therapy


Starting in November, Beebe Healthcare is offering pet therapy to patients, visitors, and employees at the Medical Center in Lewes. This program was created through a partnership between Beebe Healthcare and PAWS for People… Click here to read the rest of the article!

Offering one-on-one animal-assisted therapy and comfort


Click here to read more about this Delaware Online article.

UD alumna, Cassie Gonce, to study therapy dog interaction


Cassie Gonce, a University of Delaware alumna, has been working with therapy dogs since she was an undergraduate student… Click here to read more!

Delaware Online: Wag n’ Walk 5K


6th annual PAWS for People Wag n' Walk 5K run Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 at Glasgow Park in Bear, Del.

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