PAWS Therapy Dogs Program

Our PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support) Therapy Dog teams visit Orange County residents in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, hospices, schools and even John Wayne Airport to provide affection, comfort and love.

We are a 100% volunteer-supported program consisting of handlers and their dogs in Orange County, California. Go to our program overview page to learn more about how PAWS Therapy Dogs are helping people through Canine Literacy, Kindness Kids, PANDA, and AirPAWS.

Volunteering as a PAWS Therapy Dog team

Would you like to share your dog with members of the community, helping to bring smiles, cheer and help educate the next generation of animal lovers?  Do you have time each month to give back to the Orange County community? OC Animal Allies would love to have you join its team of PAWS Therapy Dogs volunteers!

  • Applicants over 18 years of age who have a well-behaved and compatible family pet dog are welcome to learn more about how to become a member of our PAWS Therapy Dogs team!
  • A $45 organization membership fee will be collected at orientation and if you and your dog pass the evaluation, there will be an initial Program fee ranging between $70 and $100 which includes program registration, an OC Animal Allies volunteer manual, T-shirt, Dog Bandana and PAWS ID tag for your dog.
  • All PAWS Therapy Dogs Program participants must complete a multi-step process to be eligible for the assessment.
  • Upon successful completion of the assessment and evaluation process, volunteers must complete probation and training periods at a training facility location.
  • Advanced programs such as PANDA and the AirPAWS units are by invitation to tenured teams who fit the program needs and meet eligibility requirements.
  • Please see important program waitlist information below

Questions? Email us at info@ocanimalallies.org .

Due to ongoing circumstances and logistical issues due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we are not currently onboarding new volunteers through the Orientation/Training and Assessment process.

We do hope to begin new volunteer onboarding in May of 2022.

Please note that we anticipate a minimum one year wait to be able to assessed for the program. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to bring the programs back on line.

Please complete the following application to be added to our future program list.

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  • New PAWS Volunteer Team Orientation List

    Please complete the following form so that we can add you to the OC Animal Allies PAWS therapy dog program list. Please note that at this time we are experiencing an unusually long wait list due to the pandemic. We will be resuming the scheduling of new groups to enter the program beginning in May of 2022. Please be advised that we anticipate a one year waiting period for new volunteers. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

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