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 Kehoskie’s K9 Care located at 6743 Swamp Rd, Auburn on Saturday, April 18th. 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 evaluations.
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 permits members to use their pet therapy credentials only with in the PAWS program for organized visits. This certification is not for use in other capacities outside of the PAWS program in another Therapy Program or as an Emotional Support Animal or a Service Dog. 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 on October 20th should submit an application to PAWS of CNY. Applications can be found at pawsofcny.org/apply.