People and Animals Working in Spirit (PAWS)
There's nothing quite like the unconditional love and attention a dog can bring to a human in need. Griffin Hospital is proud to offer PAWS - a therapeutic dog program that helps bring a smile and soothe the soul of both patients and visitors alike.
Griffin Hospital currently has sixteen dogs in it's P.A.W.S. program, ranging from a Toy Poodle to a Great Dane. All the dogs are registered and insured through a Therapy Dog group. Each dog must pass a rigorous behavior and medical screening prior to entry to our program. We welcome all breeds of dogs who qualify for testing for therapy dog work.
Is your dog PAWS-ready?
Griffin Hospital is currently seeking eligible dogs to visit weekdays. Dogs must be tested and registered as therapy dogs if not already certified. Dogs and handlers are tested together as a team. Dogs must be able to walk beside handler on a loose leash, no pulling straining or jumping, MUST get along well with others dogs and must be able to take direction from their owner/handler. Dogs must be at least one year of age.
For more information on pet therapy programs and specific requirements, contact Ruth Tuccio at 203-732-1298. If you're interested in volunteer opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at 203-732-7555.