The PAWS of CNY volunteers visited the Hancock International Airport for a special photo shoot on Saturday, June 24. The dogs were not only there to help marketing director Jennifer Sweetland, and photographer Chuck create fun bookmarks to hand out to lucky passengers, they were also there to do what they love to do the most: put smiles on the faces of every person that was in the airport that day.
On Friday, June 9, PAWS of CNY volunteer pet therapy teams attended a staff day for employees of Circare at The Spinning Wheel Restaurant in North Syracuse. The event took place outdoors in a large grassy, picnic area, with a beautiful garden. It was a staff-training day for employees that work for Circare, an organization that helps people with both physical and behavioral, health and wellness issues.
PAWS of CNY, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides pet assisted wellness services. We provide people an opportunity to get their dogs and/or cats certified as therapy pets. Our volunteers go on many visits, and participate in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal Assisted Activities (AAA). AAT visits are conducted in cooperation with a health care professional to assist in the healing or rehabilitation of an individual. During AAA visits our volunteers are a part of social activity programs, purely for the pleasure of those receiving the visits to brighten their day. Pet therapy also includes animal-assisted activities, such as comforting residents in a nursing home. Many people believe that a therapy pet is the same thing as a service pet or an emotional support pet, when actually this is not necessarily true. While all three types of pets are used to assist humans, a therapy pet differs from a service or emotional support pet in many ways.
It was a beautiful morning to celebrate life, love, family, and friendship. The annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was held at the New York State Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 20, and PAWS of CNY therapy dogs were there to show their love and support for survivors and their families.
“Pet therapy makes us want a dog!”
“Pet therapy makes me forget about the impending doom of finals.”
“Pet therapy makes us happy!”
“Pet therapy makes me feel ecstatic!”