Paws and Affection helps children ages 9-20 in the greater Philadelphia area with a range of disabilities by placing service, companion, and facility dogs.
Our individual service dogs are trained to do a multitude of tasks for their children. They can open a door for a child in a wheelchair, offer balance support for a child with a mobility disability, alert to a sugar crash in a Type 1 Diabetic, or pick up dropped items for a child who gets dizzy when bending over. These dogs also have full public access so they can accompany their children everywhere they go and help them whenever needed. And above all, they provide constant companionship, even sleeping with the child, ever ready to help as needed.
At Paws and Affection. we also train companion dogs and facility dogs. A companion dog performs all the above skills in the home or in places where pet dogs are welcome. P&A facility dogs work in a school or hospital setting where children are. They spend their days helping in therapy or guidance sessions, occupational or speech therapy, or as a helpmate in the classroom with focus. These dogs can also boost confidence and motivation to reluctant readers and offer kindness and friendship to students in times of stress or discomfort. Check out this video to learn more about the amazing things facility dogs do.
But more than anything our dogs are a calm, dependable companion and helper who can be by the side of their child in any situation they may encounter. Together they build a relationship based on a bond that can never be broken.
If you are a child 9 – 20 (or the parent of a child 9 – 20) who will benefit from one of our dogs, please contact Paws and Affection to learn more about our amazing dogs. We can discuss the specifics of your situation and what needs we can help with and get you started on the application process.