Who We Are
PAWS for People™ (Pet-Assisted Visitation Volunteer Services, or PAWS) is a non-profit organization committed to providing therapeutic visits to any person in the community who would benefit from interaction with a well-trained, loving pet.
What makes PAWS for People stand above other pet therapy services is the emphasis we place on providing individualized therapeutic experiences for every person we visit. Our strict standards in training and testing dogs and cats make sure every therapy team is capable of meeting the various needs of our diverse clientele.
PAWS is most active in New Castle County, Delaware, but also services areas of Kent County, Delaware, southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, Cecil County, Maryland, and Gloucester County, New Jersey. PAWS visits people of all ages, ethnicities and income levels.
From hospitals and skilled care facilities to chemical dependency centers and elementary schools, thousands of people are experiencing the benefits of one-on-one therapeutic visits thanks to hundreds of dedicated volunteers and their loving therapy companions every year.
Our teams consist of one volunteer and one pet (usually dogs, but sometimes cats or bunnies) who, after undergoing rigorous training and testing, commit to making therapeutic visits at least twice a month at a partnering site. PAWS boasts one of the strongest volunteer forces in our area. We have 400 volunteers who donated more than 24,000 hours of service in 2010! Click to see a list of our teams, as well as our retired and associate members.
We earned the Daily Points of Light Award which honors individuals and volunteer groups that have made a commitment to connect Americans through service to help meet critical needs in their communities. We received the 2007, 2008 & 2010 Delaware Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteerism.
Executive Director and founder Lynne Robinson received the President’s Award for over 1,000 hours of volunteering. She has received the 2007, 2008, and 2010 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award, the Award of Excellence from Delaware Association of Volunteer Administrators, the 2011 Cecil County Commissioners Award for Volunteerism, the 2010/2011 Woman of the Year Award from the National Association of Professional Women, and an award for more than 10,000 volunteer hours from RSVP.
PAWS culture is our system of beliefs designed specifically to create value to our customers and volunteers. Culture is defined by the way we think and act; therefore, we have created a great list of cultural trait objectives that are PAWS’ guide and litmus test for everything we do. The following are just a few of our cultural objectives.