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As part of the SPCA's PAWS FOR LOVE program, run completely by volunteers, pet owners bring their gentle dogs and cats to more than 100 area nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes, Hospice locations, children's facilities, Buffalo/Niagara International Airport, even stress-reducing events at colleges*. In fact, volunteers have just started visiting funeral parlors, to help alleviate the sadness felt by mourning family members and friends.

Volunteers' pets** are evaluated by certified animal behaviorists at the SPCA*** and, once approved, the volunteers are put directly in touch with representatives of the facility requesting visitation so a mutually-beneficial schedule can be discussed.

Paws for Love is unlike any other program offered by the SPCA. For hundreds of patients and assisted-living residents each year, visits from faithful, four-legged friends often add entirely new dimensions to people's lives.

Several facilities are on a waiting list requesting visitation. In 2006, Paws for Love consisted of six volunteers. Currently, 300+ SPCA volunteers and their pets are part of Paws for Love, and THIS SUMMER, WE ARE LOOKING FOR ADDITIONS TO OUR VOLUNTEER FAMILY!

If you are interested in learning more about PAWS FOR LOVE, or if you represent a hospital, assisted living facility, nursing or group home, Hospice organization, college, or funeral parlor and you're interested in Paws for Love pet visitation, contact Program Coordinator Deborah Braun:  pawsforlove@yourspca.org (preferred) or
716-681-0744. You can find us on Facebook too!

*Due to insurance restrictions, the SPCA is unable to make visits to individuals' homes.
**There are three animal categories.  Therapy animals are animals that visit community establishments; Paws for Love animals fall into this category. Other categories include emotional support animals and service animals, neither certified by the SPCA.
***Sit 'n Stay Pet Services  generously helps SPCA behaviorists evaluate pets for this program at no cost to the SPCA!

July 2017: Kody Bear meets Wendie Malick at the airport!

Clooney, de-stressing students at Buffalo State College!


It's gone to
the dogs!

In November, 2013, SPCA Paws for
Love dogs started visiting the
Buffalo/Niagara International Airport!
The goal: calming the nerves of
anxious passengers. At its inception, 
Buffalo was one of just seven cities
in the nation to offer this valuable
program, and almost immediately
became the second-largest city,
just behind Los Angeles! (At the
end of 2014, the SPCA boasted
45 visiting teams!)  The
dogs and their volunteers will
also work in the airport's
Preview Program, involving
preview visits to the airport by
families with autistic or
developmentally disabled
children. Read more about the
program kick-off
and see our
official airport visitation program
photo album here! In July, 2016, Mike
Randall and WKBW-TV featured
an updated airport story; see photos
from that event here! Contact Debbie
Braun (contact information at right)
to see how you and your dog
can become involved with
this program!