• a 'Pet Therapy Manual' as well as a Member Manual. Please remember all items belong to Paws For Friendship Incorporated and are Copyrighted and Trademarked and will need to be returned upon your leaving our Membership.
• an ID card with lanyard attached.
IMPORTANT IMPORTANT IMPORTANT
To ALL potential members, please be aware that reference checks are done with the vet and the people that you list on the membership forms. On numerous occasions the numbers provided have been changed, disconnected, or have no voicemails set up to receive calls or messages. Three attempts will be made to contact you by one of our staff members. If they get no answer, they will try to contact you in a few days. This is a volunteer group, so many of our members also work. Their time, like yours, is also valuable to them, their families, and their community.
Some of the individuals whom the applicants have provided as references are clueless about the dog and the applicant. For example, a lady yesterday said, 'she lives down the street, I really don't know her or the dog'. All too often when we identify ourselves and the type of info that we are asking for, they don't want to respond, answer or be part of giving the info. Bottom line, please inform anyone that you have listed as a reference they WILL be contacted by a PAWS representative and let them know it's ok to provide the information being requested. Sometimes when a message is left, these references NEVER return the call, or try to help the person .
As time is valuable to all, if references cannot be contacted or will not provide the requested information then your application will not be approved.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.
Hopefully you have downloaded and read the above FAQ. IF you have no questions and wish to proceed then this is the right section.
In the area - "Download - Print Out - Fill Out - Mail" we have provided links to the membership application which consists of three (3) documents. Please download these documents, print them out, fill them out and then mail them back to the address provided on the application. There are 3 pages to the Membership Agreement and all 3 must be submitted with the other paperwork. PLEASE make sure ALL pages are included. You can email photos in jpeg form to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Download - Print Out - Fill Out - Mail In
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-HELP-FLA OR ONLINE AT www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com, REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. REGISTRATION #: CH38054
Upon your acceptance, you will be given:
• the choice of either a vest or a scarf for your pet and one shirt per Member with couples being issued two shirts. We do not have children's sizes in stock. We gladly will exchange Membership shirts, etc if they are stained, worn out or torn!
ONLY the above 2020 Membership Forms WILL BE ACCEPTED.
We are grateful you are interested in our Program and hope to answer any questions you may have. PAWS is a common sense, common courtesy and respect for volunteer organization, that visits facilities with children, the elderly and veterans. We expect our Members to use common sense and feel they do not need to be told how to act in public.
You will be surprised at the difference your pet has made. Sharing your well adored, well socialized, well-behaved and healthy pet can mean the world to someone in a facility that has no family nor friends to visit them. You and your pet can bring joy and happiness to a great many people that otherwise would have none. You will also be surprised at how much your life has been enriched. The value of that cannot be measured in dollars and cents, it is completely heartfelt and absolutely invaluable.
Please know we do NOTrequire a CGC to join nor do we encourage "Therapy Dog Classes." While we believe in basic obedience, and a healthy and well socialized pet with a loving disposition is critical, common sense, common courtesy and the desire to truly make a difference in so many lives are some of the fundamental requirements needed to join. We pride ourselves on the work we do and therefore, are not associated nor affiliated with any other organizations. Our Members are insured, registered and certified and we do not charge for evaluations of your pet! We do not allow visiting with other groups, this is a liability risk and we are not willing to put our Members at risk. We have extensive insurance on our Members and know many other groups do not. As 2020 begins our 27th year, we still will not risk the safety of our Members, two or four footed.
Regarding information concerning evaluation requirements - we cannot publish them on our website. There is no 'secure' area and as everyone knows Fortune 500 Companies, Federal Offices, etc. are subject to 'cyber attacks.' We do not list any facilities we visit as we have had people 'drop by' with pets we did not know and several were not therapy pet material. Again, not every pet wants to do this OR can do this. Please respect your pet!There are several ways to help in your community if you are unable to do Pet Therapy! Thank you for understanding. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
We have created an FAQ which we believe will help to answer any other questions you may have. We strongly suggest you download this pdf and read it BEFORE going to the next paragraphs or downloading any forms.
One of our Members will be happy to contact you within 24 hours. For urgent needs call us at: (866) 925-7297
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Please feel free to pay dues with PayPal using this "Donate" button ONLY!
PLEASE add an additional $2.00 for their charges IF you are paying dues for one baby, $2.00 is the additional charge. We cannot process any of your paperwork without it. Thanks!
PLEASE NOTE: the healthlist.doc will still need to be printed out and given to your vet. They can fax it to corporate headquarters. (866) 728-4828
Your application will be processed as quickly as possible. Be sure to provide a telephone number and an email address so we may contact you should we desire any additional information or clarification. Please know the disposition of your pet is critical. We register and certify the pets once you become Members! Please understand communication is critical to your Membership, emails are exchanged frequently as a necessity. IF you chose to 'opt out' of communication with us your Membership will cease immediately!
Regarding the Membership forms, we are assuming you have read them and completely understand our Program policies and are eager to join us! Please know we will keep your 'inquiry information' for 10 days so please make sure you send in everything needed to join! Incomplete paperwork can add up quickly so PLEASE make sure your completed paperwork is received. Thanks and please contact us with any questions or concerns.
We have no paid staff, we never have had nor will we ever. We are completely donation driven and always have been. Please visit our Sponsorship and Donations pages for many ways you can help our Program grow and flourish into communities throughout the Nation!
We sincerely thank our Members and friends who have followed our growth through the years. Your support and dedication are appreciated more than words can ever describe. Thank you!