Meet Our Founder

Founder and Executive Director Laura O'Kane

photo credit: Vikki Sloviter Photography

Laura O’Kane founded Paws and Affection in August 2013.  Laura is the Executive Director of the organization and spends her time raising funds to care for and train the P&A team of dogs. She manages the day to day activity of the organization planning events, working with volunteers, and meeting potential donors. She works closely with the Program Director, Susie Daily, writing curriculum, creating marketing materials, and planning for the future.  

Laura is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a member of the  Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

Laura spent time in the classroom assisting in the training of in-home pets in basic obedience and manners. She worked with clients, helping them understand the basics of positive dog training, making their relationships with their dogs easier and more rewarding.

Founder Laura O'Kane teaching loose leash walking

photo credit: Vikki Sloviter Photography

In September 2011, Laura completed the Teach the Teacher Course at Canine Assistants in Atlanta, GA under the direction of Jennifer Arnold.

Prior to starting Paws and Affection, Laura was a manager at two different major retailers in the Philadelphia area over the course of 10 years. She has a BS from Virginia Tech in Management with a minor in Business Administration.

Laura and her husband Chad live outside of Philadelphia with their 2 children.

Founder Laura O'Kane and her dog Maddie


APDT magazine, The Chronicle, Winter 2013 , Connecting the Dots: Helping Parents Recognize Their Dog’s Inner Child.


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