Pets on Wheels - Providing Friendly Therapy Animal Visits (Therapy Dogs, Therapy Pets)

 

Pets on Wheels' Visits Presentation Video


Larger Than Life, a segment about Pets on Wheels' animal assisted therapy visits with therapy dogs Bodhi and Teagan and volunteers Terry Deguilmi and Bob Pazdersky by Louie Dane on Vimeo.


Pets on Wheels is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that brings therapy animals to facilities across Maryland for friendly visits. Pets on Wheels has over 400 volunteer teams and currently visits over 250 Maryland facilities on the entire western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

Pets on Wheels volunteer teams most often visit:

  • nursing homes
  • assisted living communities
  • hospitals
  • veterans' hospitals
  • hospice care facilities
  • homeless shelters
  • domestic violence shelters
  • substance abuse facilities
  • incarcerational settings
  • facilities for the physically and mentally challenged
  • facilities for children at risk of home out placement
  • stress free zones (to help combat anxiety and depression in college students during final exam times)
  • libraries and school reading events (to help promote children reading and to relieve anxiety when learning to read)

A Pets on Wheels visit can provide a resident confined to a facility the opportunity to interact with a friendly pet who loves unconditionally, can brighten the day, and improve morale. A therapy animal can lower anxiety and blood pressure and have a calming effect on the recipients of their visits. Pets on Wheels therapy animals can also visit libraries to participate in reading programs like PAWS to Read. PAWS to Read is a program that allows children the opportunity to eliminate peer preesure and have a non-judgemental listening ear in a Pets on Wheels therapy pet. Pets on Wheels therapy pets visit several libraries to make these visits, including many of the Enoch Pratt Free Library branches.



Pets On Wheels

For questions, regarding Pets on Wheels in your area, please contact the appropriate County Coordinator.

County Coordinators' Contact Information

Central Maryland Coordinator and Executive Director
(Baltimore City & County, Harford, Cecil, Carroll, & Howard Counties)
Pat Pawloski (443) 977-9726 P.O. Box 44176, Baltimore MD 21236

Western Maryland Coordinator
(Frederick, Montgomery, Washington, Allegany, & Garrett Counties)
Robin Stewart (301) 996-1429 P.O. Box 113, Myersville, Maryland 21773

Southern Maryland Coordinator
(Anne Arundel, St. Mary's, Calvert, Charles, & Prince George's Counties)
Pat Pawloski - (443) 977-9726 P.O. Box 44176, Baltimore MD 21236

 


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