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People & Animals Who Serve (P.A.W.S)

"Sharing comfort, companionship and hope."

Cold noses are warming hearts all over Anne Arundel County Maryland.  Dedicated volunteers and their pets team up to brighten the days of residents in long term care facilities, sharing friendship and life experience.  Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of 1 hour per week visiting a facility of their choice.  Friendships are established and the very strong human-animal bond brings happiness to everyone.  Residents, families, nurses, doctors, and volunteers all appreciate the power of the unconditional love pets can bring.  Write to or phone 410 222 0738 for more information.


Duties and Responsibilities
  • Prepare animal for visit to nursing home
  • Make sure pet is clean, well-groomed, and nails/claws are trimmed
  • Make sure your pet's immunizations are completely maintained
  • Take animal to visiting site as friendly visitor
  • Be prepared to clean up after the animal, if necessary
  • Record visit in site sign-in book
Skills Required
  • Feel comfortable in nursing home/geriatric setting
  • Enjoy sharing your pet with others
  • Be able to promote your pet as a friendly visitor to the people you visit and staff
Training Provided
  • Orientation into the P.A.W.S. program
  • Opportunity to observe a pet visiting on site with an established volunteer
  • Optional ongoing training/workshops to share experiences and strategies with other volunteers
Time Required
   At least one visit per week for one hour

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Anne Arundel County, Maryland. 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 | Tele: (410) 222-7000