Submitted by Providence

Providence Paw-Assisted Wellness Services (PAWS) has announced its 2022-2023 Training & Orientation schedule and is looking for new volunteer handler-dog teams. This training is open to individuals who would like to volunteer with their canine companion at Providence St. Peter or Centralia hospitals.

PAWS is holding a virtual informational session on Monday, September 26, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Providence Lacey Family Medicine. At this presentation, program leaders will discuss the volunteer requirements, onboarding, the training process and will provide an opportunity for you to get your questions answered.

Hospital Therapy Dog Program Helps Patients 

Volunteers will support the PAWS mission in sharing the benefits of the human-animal bond with patients, staff, and visitors of Providence St. Peter and Centralia hospitals. Since 1989, PAWS has brought smiles and solace to over 143,000 patients, visitors, and staff, with other 200 volunteer teams and 8,000 hospital visits.

The pause on PAWS during the pandemic decreased the available volunteer pool. Now, PAWS is looking to rebuild a community of dedicated volunteers to bring joy and healing to patients, caregivers and visitors at our South Puget Sound hospitals.

If you are interested in learning more, contact danni.sabia@providence.org or karlyn.fritz@providence.org

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