PAWS of CNY, Inc., Central New York’s largest non-profit provider of pet-assisted wellness services, will be holding free therapy dog evaluations by appointment only at Paws and Effect in Oswego on Thursday, September 20. Individuals interested in certifying their dog or cat to participate in PAWS of CNY’s pet therapy program are encouraged to submit an application to PAWS of CNY and book an appointment. Qualified applicants will be scheduled for an evaluation.
The PAWS of CNY therapy pet evaluation is the first step for dogs and cats looking to earn their PAWS of CNY therapy pet certification. The evaluation is performed by a PAWS of CNY evaluator who assesses the pet on established criteria of temperament, basic obedience (for canines), and the volunteer’s handler skills. Click here to learn about the evaluation criteria.
The test is free and takes about fifteen minutes. Pets who pass the initial evaluation are scheduled for a three-month on-site facility evaluation at one of PAWS of CNY’s facility partners to complete the certification process. Click here to learn more about the certification process.
Note: The PAWS of CNY certification does not certify emotional support dogs, guide dogs, and other service dogs. Click here for more information about the differences between a therapy pet and other service animals.
Individuals interested in scheduling their dog or cat for a free therapy pet evaluation should submit an application to PAWS of CNY. Applications can be found at pawsofcny.org/apply.