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 The Barking Orange located at 1005 N Geddes St, Syracuse on Saturday, September 28th. 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.[Read more…]
Reporters from CNY Central’s NBC3 stopped by PAWS of CNY’s recent pet therapy evaluations at The Barking Orange to better understand what it takes to become a certified PAWS of CNY therapy pet volunteer, and the ideal qualities interested members of the community should look for in their own pets. Watch the video below to learn more.[Read more…]
“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!”
PAWS of CNY, Inc. welcomes all domesticated dogs and cats that meet our eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria. If you are interested in becoming a PAWS of CNY certified volunteer team with your pet, you will need to complete the following steps:
1. Application – Please complete both a volunteer application and a pet application and return them along with the required health and vaccine records for your pet to PAWS of CNY. We will review your application and if you and your pet meet our initial requirements, we will contact you to begin the certification process.
2. Certification – The certification process includes both an initial evaluation and a facility evaluation:
Initial evaluation – You and your pet must pass an initial evaluation test for our certified evaluators. If you pass the initial evaluation you must attend the next monthly New Volunteer Orientation meeting in which you and other evaluated volunteers will meet with a member of the Board of Directors to learn more about the requirements and expectations of our volunteers.
Facility evaluation – At the New Volunteer Orientation meeting you will be assigned to a nursing home or assisted living facility in which you will complete the facility evaluation process over a series of three months. If you and your pet pass the facility evaluation you will have passed the complete certification process and will receive a PAWS of CNY certificate and a bandanna for your pet to wear at facility visits and events moving forward.