Pet Visitation Program

As part of the SPCA's PAWS FOR LOVE program, run completely by volunteers, pet owners bring their gentle dogs, cats, and smaller pets like rabbits 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.

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, 200+ SPCA volunteers and their pets are part of Paws for Love, and WE ARE LOOKING FOR ADDITIONS TO OUR VOLUNTEER FAMILY!

If you are interested in learning more about PAWS FOR LOVE, contact Program Coordinator Deborah Braun: 716-681-0744 or dlfb2@msn.com. You can find us on Facebook too, or view our program video here!

*Sit 'n Stay Pet Services generously helps SPCA behaviorists evaluate pets for this program at no cost to the SPCA!

Going 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! Contact Debbie
Braun (contact information at right)
to see how you and your dog
can become involved with
this program!