Comfort has 4 legs,
a wet nose,
and a golden scarf.

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Special Events

Special Events

OUR MISSION

To improve human health and well-being through Animal-Assisted Therapy.

Learn how to become a certified Therapy Team or Visit Assistant and bring joy to others!

VOLUNTEER

Find out how animal-assisted therapy truly makes a difference.

IMPACT

HIP keeps busy! Read about what all is going on with our blog, Dog Tales.

BLOG

Meet our extraordinary volunteer Therapy Teams.

OUR PEOPLE

We have tons of fundraising ideas just waiting to be put into motion

FUNDRAISE

Animal-Assisted Therapy Programs


Health


“The Hand in Paw team is responsible for many smiles, acts of courage, and joy across our units. We are forever grateful of their dedication to the safety and overall health of our patients”

Caitlin & Fairfax, Certified Child Life Specialists, Children’s of AL
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Education


“Before taking part in the Sit, Stay, Read! Program, he was quite reserved and did not particularly enjoy reading independently. After a few weeks in the program, he was able to find his love for reading, and now I cannot get him to put down a book.”

Pam Scarbrough, 3rd Grade Teacher
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Violence Prevention


“The most impactful thing about Pawsitive Living is to see how the interactions between the youth and the therapy dogs change from week 1 to week 12. At the beginning, the youth were hesitant to interact, however, as the program progresses you can see the youth become engaged and truly forming bonds with the Therapy Teams.”

Emilie Morrow, Therapy Team Handler
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Trauma & Grief Response


“After a student at a local High School had passed away, it was gratifying to see a classroom of hurting students spirits lift when they met Max, my therapy dog. Our visit also encouraged a student to talk to a grief counselor afterwards.”

Beth Hains, Therapy Team Handler
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