Hand in Paw knows that interaction with professionally trained Animal Assisted Therapy Teams can help to improve the health and well-being of children and adults. Last year, their Therapy Teams made more than 76,000 visits to places like Spain Rehab, Children’s Hospital and Clay Elementary School. This year they have an additional 80 facilities on their waiting list for visits. But with limited space, training new teams to meet these requests has been a challenge.
That’s about to change! This spring Hand in Paw moved to a new home with plenty of space for the unique work they do. And thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation they are going to be able to renovate a part of the new office for training room space. Once the changes are complete Hand in Paw will be able to increase the frequency of training sessions and add more volunteers. Laura Cardwell, Executive Director of Hand in Paw says, “These changes will enable us to increase our volunteer corps and expand our Petscription program so we can introduce our Therapy Teams to more people in the community.”
This week Community Foundation Program Officer, Kim Rogers, got to visit Hand in Paw’s new office and get a tour. It’s a lovely three-quarter acre campus with ample parking, lots of shade and a lush front yard. Kim got to see the proposed training room space that will include a dog-spa, volunteer lounge and space for events before she officially presented the grant to Laura.
For more pictures from the visit go to our Facebook page. You can also visit Hand in Paw’s website for updates on the renovation and to find out more about how to become a permanent part of their new home by supporting their Barkin’Brick Campaign.