PAWS of CNY was pleased to again participate in the Elmcrest “Take a Break for Wellness” event. The annual event aims to encourage teachers and staff members at Elmcrest Children’s Center to learn about wellness-based organizations in the community. Elmcrest Children’s Center is a multi-service treatment and education center for children with emotional and behavioral needs. PAWS of CNY’s therapy dog teams have been visiting with students at Elmcrest for the past several years.
This year’s PAWS of CNY volunteers at the event included Martina St. Leger and her Labrador/Hound Mix Poppy, Candace Rhea and her Standard Poodle Yuki, Martha Sturtz and her Golden Retriever Flyer, Joan Brown and her Cockapoo Sparky, and John Neuffer and his Golden Retriever Molly.
PAWS of CNY Volunteers participate in pet-assisted wellness services with their own dogs and cats. To become a volunteer, the pet must pass the PAWS of CNY certification process, which includes a temperament and behavior test, and a three-month long on-site evaluation. PAWS of CNY’s certification process ensures only the most qualified animals, like Preston, are approved for pet assisted wellness services in the community.
For more information on how to volunteer with PAWS of CNY, visit our how to volunteer page.
For photos of the recent wellness event at Elmcrest, click our photo gallery below.