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a little bit ABOUT us...
Paws for Friendship was founded in 1993 in Omaha, Nebraska. It became Paws for Friendship Inc. in 1995 when it was Incorporated in Omaha, Nebraska and in 1999 the 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.
We are all Volunteers and we have never had any paid staff. This will never change. We have always stayed true to our Mission statement:
"volunteers sharing the unconditional love of their personal pets with people in need throughout the world."
Never looking back and striving to honor our mission statement, Paws for Friendships commitment to visiting those in nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living centers, etc. is paramount! Organizations such as the Kiwanis, SERTOMA and The Lions have asked for speakers and visits from 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. We provide 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.
Paws On Campus - allows college students access to therapy pets during finals in order to help them cope with the stress.
Crisis Response Teams- is an area we will be starting soon throughout the Nation to help those who have been affected by tragedy.
These are just a few of the programs offered. For any additional information please feel free to contact us!
We are not affiliated with any other therapy pet organization, our programs are all copyrighted and we write our policies in consideration of everyone we visit from the elderly to children. Respect for those we visit is something we do not take lightly. We realize it is an honor and privilege to visit those in need in care centers throughout the Nation.