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Buddy dog visiting a patient
Buddy at Shriners Hospitals for Children -- L.A.

“Here come the dogs!” says the nurse excitedly. Everyone turns to look at the parade of volunteer teams coming down the hospital corridor. Each team consists of a handler and a four legged, cold nosed, tail wagging therapy dog. Although these special canine therapists are all shapes and sizes, pure breeds and “all americans”, they share a single purpose: to bring happiness and comfort to the sick or disabled. These wonderful therapy animals have a way of making every person visited feel special. It has been well documented that the non-judgmental acceptance and unconditional love given by therapy animals play an important role in reducing stress, boosting self-esteem, and decreasing recovery time.

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Who We Are

Love On 4 Paws is an animal assisted therapy program that provides trained volunteer handler and therapy animal teams to local hospitals and schools. At present there are about 100 active (human) volunteers in the program. Each volunteer brings his / her dog, cat, or rabbit at a scheduled time and spends an hour or two visiting. A minimum of 3 visits per month is expected. Behind the scenes, the Love On 4 Paws directors and staff handle evaluations, training, scheduling, coaching, and other administrative tasks.

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Where We Visit

Love On 4 Paws visits at dozens of hospitals, retirement and rehabilitation centers, health facilities and specialized schools in the greater Los Angeles area.

New Volunteers

We are always interested in new volunteers. If you feel that your furry friend would make a wonderful therapy animal, and if you are willing to make the commitment to become an animal assisted therapy team, please read the volunteer page and contact us.

     
Wags and wiggles bring smiles and giggles. Join the FUN!
    Love On 4 Paws, Animal Assisted Therapy, Los Angeles County, California, (310) 547-2200

Serving Culver City, Downey, Gardena, Granada Hills, Los Angeles, Lomita, North Hollywood, Pasadena, San Pedro, Torrance, and West Hills.

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