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      Welcome to the Official - Paws For Friendship Inc. - Website

                    a little bit ABOUT us...

Paws for Friendship was originally founded in 1993. It became Paws for Friendship Inc. in 1995 when it was incorporated in Omaha, Nebraska and in 1999the organization established its status as a 501-C3 non-profit organization. Guiding it along through these milestones is its current President - Jan Schmidt. Not content to rest on these accomplishments, the organization gained International status when volunteers in Okinawa, Germany, England and Australia joined and became participants in the organizations programs. International headquarters moved from Omaha, Nebraska in 2006 and now is located in Tampa, Florida.

Never looking back, and striving to honor the mission statement, "... volunteers sharing the unconditional love of their personal pets with people in need throughout the world."Paws for Friendship commitment to visiting those in nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living centers is paramount. Organizations such as the Kiwanis, SERTOMA and The Lions have asked for speakers and visits from the Paws for Friendship, Inc volunteers. Other programs have been initiated to further this ideal. Consider the following:

Community Outreach Program - provides for visits to schools, libraries, adolescent facilities, etc. with our certified

                                                    therapy pets. The program is continually being updated thanks to the ever

                                                    increasing number of invitations we receive seeking our participation.

Paws To Read Program- provides our certified and registered pets into classrooms and libraries helping children 

                                        learn better reading skills with our pets relaxing as they relax and read to them!

Pets for Finals - allows college students access to therapy pets during finals in order to help them cope with the


These are just a few of the programs offered. For any additional information please feel free to contact a volunteer or the corporate office.