NOTICE: On February 1st the Paws for People calendar moved to a new system that requires users to login.  If you are a pet therapy site or Paws for People volunteer who has not yet accessed the new calendar please email Volunteer Manager, Jennifer Lyons at

Pets in our pet therapy program, Paws for People, offer affection, comfort, happiness, and joy to people in nursing homes, hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, residential treatment centers, and other facilities. Taking your pet to visit people who are elderly, ill, or unable to have pets is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have with your pet. Currently, over 100 trained volunteers and their certified pets regularly visit facilities in Northern and Central New Jersey.

To become a member of Paws for People, contact the volunteer office. The Training and Behavior Center offers preparatory course for the Paws for People Program. Dogs need to be at least one year of age, readily perform basic obedience skills and have the necessary temperament. All animals must be up to date on their rabies and distemper vaccinations (cats must have proof that they are feline leukemia negative) and have a current town license. Cats, rabbits and all other domestic animals must be able to wear a leash and harness and be transported in a carrier. Dogs are prohibited from wearing prong or choke collars during the evaluation and visits.

To contact the volunteer office, email the Volunteer Manager, Jennifer Lyons, at

Current Paws for People volunteers and sites login to the online portal to access the Paws for People calendar.



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