About Our Organization
Paws For Healing, Inc. is a community-based, non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation. We are based in Napa, California and serve Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties primarily. Paws for Healing was founded in 1998 and now has over 200 active teams visiting over 160 facilities. These include hospitals, mental health facilities, special education classes, adult day care centers, cancer units, hospice and cancer support groups, rehabilitation units, and assisted living facilities. Paws For Reading volunteer teams visit both libraries and school settings.
Paws For Healing conducts training classes for prospective volunteers. The candidates are also evaluated by our professional dog trainers. After completing training and passing the canine evaluation, the human/canine team is mentored by a seasoned PFH team at a facility for handson training and final certification. Certified C.A.T. must wear a PFH uniform and meet all volunteer requirements of the facility where they visit, in addition to PFH requirements. C.A.T. teams are certified for one year and may renew their certification annually.
Paws For Healing provides liability insurance for all certified teams when visiting any of our authorized facilities. Teams may take free advanced training and continuing education classes / workshops which are given several times each year. PFH teams receive a team badge, and become part of the PFH family. Teams receive the PFH Newsletter that is published four times a year, and a monthly email newsletter that helps to track both the hours that teams donate to their communities and their volunteer mileage. A year-end tally of hours and mileage donated as a CAT team through Paws for Healing, Inc. is sent to volunteers to verify their volunteer time.
If you would like to learn more about canine-assisted therapy, click here. If you think you would like to be part of our program, click here.