PAWS teams visit many units in the hospital and always spend as long as needed with our littlest patients. The dogs follow the directives of the on-site professionals but the furry friend who visits weekly encourages, motivates, and makes difficult tasks a bit more bearable.

Our facilities include Sterk School for the Deaf, University of DE Early Learning Center, Exceptional Care for Children in hospitals, Nurses n’ Kids, and High Roads School.

Special needs range from learning differences to physical disabilities that make it impossible for a child to succeed in a traditional school environment. Approximately 30% of the children at ELC live in poverty and 10% live in foster care.

Required: PAWS Basic Training, Advanced Level STEX

Lead by Director of Team & Volunteer Development, Cassie Gonce