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33 April events in Birmingham including Magic City Art Connection + Funky Fish Fry
Bham Now - March, 2024

Mutt Strut | Talk of Alabama | 3.20.2024
ABC 33/40 - March, 2024


Nonprofit looking for volunteers with big hearts and great pets in Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa Thread - November, 2023

You + your pet will love volunteering with Hand in Paw in Birmingham—here’s why
Bham Now - October, 2023

Picasso Pets 2023: About Town
About Town - August, 2023

‘The Vodka for Dog People’: Tito’s Donates $65K to Help Expand Hand in Paw’s Animal-Assisted Therapy
Over The Mountain Journal - August, 2023

Not All Heroes Wear Capes —or Stand Upright
Birmingham Lifestyle Magazine - July, 2023

Picasso Pets | Talk of Alabama | 7.26.2023
Talk of Alabama - July, 2023

BREAKING: Eight local non-profits awarded $35,000 from Birmingham Kiwanis Foundation
Bham Now - July, 2023

How To Help Your Dog Beat The Heat
Over The Mountain Journal & Lilly LeJeune, HIP Intern - July, 2023

Birmingham Public Library to hold ‘Hand in Paw’ storytelling event
CBS 42 - May, 2023

8 exciting weekend events in Birmingham including a Mutt Strut—April 21-23
Bham Now - April, 2023

Mutt Strut: Hand in Paw | Talk of Alabama | 4.17.2023
ABC 33/40 - April, 2023

Stress Reducer: Spontaneous Smiles Mean Hand in Paw is There
Over The Mountain Journal - April, 2023

Mutt Strut coming to Homewood this month
Homewood Star - March, 2023

25 exciting April events for a month you’ll never forget
Bham Now - March, 2023

A central Alabama nonprofit putting paws in the hands of those who need comfort and support
WVTM13 - March, 2023


11 reasons Birmingham’s gone to the dogs
Bham Now - November, 2022

Beth Franklin wins BBJ’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Birmingham Business Journal - October, 2022

Hand in Paw completes summer programs, debuts Little Library
Iron City Ink - August, 2022

Magic City Newsmakers: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Winn-Dixie, Women in Aviation, Regions and more
Birmingham Business Journal - August, 2022

7 weekend events in Birmingham including Picasso Pets, August 12-14
Bham Now - August, 2022

StyleBlueprint: Picasso Pets
StyleBlueprint - August, 2022

B-Metro: Picasso Pets
B-Metro - July, 2022

This Alabama nonprofit is leading the way in animal therapy
SoulGrown - June, 2022

Good Boy: Children’s of Alabama Throws Retirement Party for Beloved Hand in Paw Therapy Dog
Over The Mountain Journal - May, 2022

Children's of Alabama Throws Retirement Party for Beloved Therapy Dog and Handler
Southern Living - May, 2022

Children's of Alabama hosts retirement party for therapy dog
ABC 33/40 - May, 2022

Beth Franklin: 2022 Top 50 Over 50 Recipient
Positve Maturity - May, 2022

Magic City Newsmakers: CREW, Junior Achievement, YouthServe, Ed Farm, Botanical Gardens and more
Birmingham Business Journal - April, 2022

Weekend Events: 15 things to do including Magic City Art Connection, April 22-24
Bham Now - April, 2022

14 valuable local nonprofits serving children in Birmingham, including Children’s Harbor
Bham Now - April, 2022

Comfort and Joy: Animal-Assisted Therapy Brings Satisfaction to Handlers as Well as Patients or Others in Need
Over The Mountain Journal - April, 2022

Give Birmingham: Hand in Paw
B-Metro - February, 2022

9 ways to honor a loved one through local tribute gifts in Birmingham
Bham Now - January, 2022


Trailblazers 2021: Ronnie McBride
About Town - December, 2021

People On The Move: Todd Engelhardt
Birmingham Business Journal - December, 2021

AFP Alabama Outstanding Corporate Citizen 2021: Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Birmingham Business Journal - December, 2021

Happy to Lend a Helping Hand to Hand in Paw
Borland Benefield - November, 2021

Hand in Paw raises $200,000 at Picasso Pets Gala for animal-assisted therapy programs
Village Living - September, 2021

Picasso Pets 2021
About Town - September, 2021

National Philanthropy Day Award winners selected
Birmingham Business Journal - September, 2021

Picasso Pets Gallery Party
About Town - July, 2021

Remy Fund tops $1 million in assets; see how this money will help Birmingham nonprofits
Bham Now - July, 2021

Business Happenings - July 2021
Iron City Ink - June, 2021

Magic City Newsmakers: Watermark Place, Moe's BBQ, UAB, Jimmie Hale, ARC Realty and more
Birmingham Business Journal - June, 2021

Puppy Love: Hand in Paw Celebrates 25 Years of Service and Announces Plans to Return to In-Person Visits
Over The Mountain Journal - May, 2021

Hand in Paw returning to in-person therapy sessions
WBRC - May, 2021

Everything you should know about therapy and service dogs
Bham Now - April, 2021

Your weekend event guide in Birmingham, April 16-18, including Mutt Strut
Bham Now - April, 2021

Hand in Paw learns new tricks to overcome COVID-19 challenges
Alabama NewsCenter - April, 2021

Sit, Stay, Read! Hand in Paw Volunteer Animal Therapy Teams Lusia MacPherson and Mooc Adapt to Virtual Programming
Over The Mountain Journal - April, 2021

Great Day Tuscaloosa featuring Carol DeVelice
Great Day Tuscaloosa - March, 2021

13 local nonprofits seeking volunteers right now in Birmingham
Bham Now - January, 2021

Ready to join The Pack? It’s more than adorable dogs—you’ll bring joy through special programs
Bham Now - January, 2021

Magic City Newsmakers: Trak Shak, Bikes 4 Kids, Brookstone Restoration, BBA and more
Birmingham Business Journal - January, 2021


UAB Clinical Pearls Panel: Animal-Assisted Therapy
UAB School of Nursing - December, 2020

“Yappy Hour” at The Pixel Room
CBS 42 - September, 2020

Hand in Paw Hosts Dog-Friendly Date Night Drive-Thru
Over The Mountain Journal - August, 2020

Jeh Jeh Live: Tail-Waggin' Takeout This Friday
WBRC - August, 2020

Here’s how you can support senior citizens in Birmingham right now
Bham Now - August, 2020

Avondale Library's Neighborhood Series - Kiersten Atkinson (Hand in Paw)
Avondale Library - July, 2020

Hand In Paw offering virtual animal therapy sessions during coronavirus pandemic
WVTM 13 - July, 2020

Get Tail-Waggin’ Takeout + support a paw-some cause
Bham Now - July, 2020

As stress levels rise, call in the dogs
UAB News - July, 2020

UAB Burn Unit Given Annual Tweety Lasker Award for Work With Hand in Paw
Over The Mountain Journal - July, 2020

The "Ultimutt" Date Night
Over The Mountain Journal - July, 2020

Trauma/Burn ICU wins Hand in Paw award
UAB News - June, 2020

Meet Hand in Paw’s Ashley Foster: FACES of Birmingham
StyleBlueprint - June, 2020

Magic City Newsmakers: Glenwood, NXTsoft, Linq, Hand in Paw, Battle Republic and more
Birmingham Business Journal - April, 2020

Ashley Foster Development Director at Hand in Paw
Birmingham Business Journal - January, 2020


Top Volunteer Opportunities in Birmingham in 2019
Great Nonprofits - December, 2019

About Town: Barktoberfest 2019
About Town - October, 2019

UAB, Hand in Paw team up on spinal cord injury recovery
Birmingham Business Journal - October, 2019

UAB study proves pet therapy’s positive impact on spinal cord injury patients
WBRC - October, 2019

Animal-Assisted Therapy aids in spinal cord injury recovery
UAB News - September, 2019

Pet's love and affection promotes health and healing
UAB - The Reporter - August, 2019

Woof! Attend Hand in Paw’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Picasso Pets, on August 17.
Bham Now - August, 2019

Talk of Alabama | Picasso Pets 2019
ABC 33/40 - August, 2019

Picasso Pets Gallery Party 2019
About Town - July, 2019

Black Warrior Brewing Company Benefits Animal Therapy Program at Weekend Event
WVUA 23 - July, 2019

For Hand in Paw Volunteers, Any Day Is Take Your Dog to Work Day
UAB Medicine - June, 2019

Great Day Tuscaloosa Interview
Great Day Tuscaloosa - June, 2019

Ready for your heart to melt? See how Hand in Paw is making an impact at Children’s of Alabama
Bham Now - June, 2019

Hand in Paw is an Alabama Bright Light covered in fur
Alabama News Center - June, 2019

Marketer On A Mission: Social Media Time Saving Tips with Brittany Jennings
Cindy May Marketing - May, 2019

Hand in Paw therapy team bring comfort to seriously ill patients
CBS 42 - May, 2019

UAB doctor keeps puppy’s memory alive by helping train therapy pets
WBRC - May, 2019

Young dog’s legacy eliminates barriers to volunteering; brings joy to palliative care patients
UAB News - May, 2019

Dogs and owners we saw at Mutt Strut 2019 - April, 2019

Talk of Alabama | Hand in Paw's "Mutt Strut"
ABC 33/40 - April, 2019

Mutt Strut is 10! Come to Hand in Paw’s dog-friendly run and pawty Saturday, April 20
Bham Now - April, 2019

Life lessons through four legged friends: Hand in Paw visits Burkett Center
WBRC - March, 2019

A Dog's Healing Touch
B-Metro - March, 2019

Hand in Paw’s ribbon cutting brought smiles and wagging tails to Birmingham yesterday
Bham Now - January, 2019

Hand in Paw unveils new headquarters after $2 million renovation
Birmingham Business Journal - January, 2019

Hand In Paw gets a new home; a thankful mom tells why it matters - January, 2019


Animal-Assisted Therapy: Big changes are afoot at Birmingham’s Hand in Paw
Bham Now - December, 2018

Inspiring Women On A Mission: Beth Franklin
Cindy May Marketing - December, 2018

Picasso Pets 2018
About Town - August, 2018

Picasso Pets Gallery Party
About Town - July, 2018

Fancy Footwork: Picasso Pets Chairwoman Plans Pop Art Event With Pet-Inspired Paintings
Over The Mountain Journal - July, 2018

5 reasons to attend Hand in Paw’s Picasso Pets, including seeing Pogo, the miniature pony, on August 11
Bham Now - July, 2018

Hand in Paw to host unique Picasso Pets fundraiser at The Harbert Center
Iron City Ink - July, 2018

Awesome dogs and owners we saw at Mutt Strut 2018 - April, 2018

Mutt Strut Benefitting Hand in Paw
Homewood Star - April, 2018

Grab your pup and support Hand in Paw at the 9th Annual Mutt Strut: 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
Bham Now - March, 2018

OMES celebrates retiring Hand in Paw therapy team
280 Living - March, 2018

Hand in Paw begins construction on expansion
Birmingham Business Journal - March, 2018


Hand in Paw breaks ground on new headquarters
Bham Now - October, 2017

The Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy: Hand in Paw Makes a Difference with Four-Footed Friends
Birmingham Parent Magazine - September, 2017

Hand in Paw opens public campaign thanks to 500k gift from Ken Jackson
Bham Now - August, 2017

Hand in Paw Scores $500,000 Donation - August, 2017

Nonprofit plans $2M campaign to expand HQ, lands $500,000 gift
Birmingham Business Journal - August, 2017

Remy Fund Announces 2017 Grants for Companion Animal Organizations
Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham - July, 2017

Hand in Paw Launches Trauma & Grief Response Program
Birmingham Parent Magazine - June, 2017

Hand in Paw Launches Trauma & Grief Response Program
Barry Wise Smith, Portico Mountain Brook - May, 2017

UAB pairs with Hand in Paw to make significant (and snuggly) impact in city classrooms
UAB Reporter - March, 2017

Sister of Civil Rights Martyr Details How Unconditional Love From a Pet Helped Her Cope
Ariel Worthy, The Birmingham Times - February, 2017

Kids’ best friend: Dog helps students improve literacy skills
Stephen Dawkins, 280 Reporter - January, 2017


My Hero
Stephanie Anderson Witmer, USA TODAY - May, 2016

The Good Dogs
Susan Swagler, Portico Magazine - May, 2016

4-Legged Comfort
Tony Stewart Foundation - April, 2016

Cherri Ellis, B-Metro Magazine - February, 2016


Healing Hounds: Therapy dogs brighten the halls at OMES
Molly Davidson, Shelby County Reporter - October, 2015

Four-Legged Comfort
Nick Patterson, Alabama News Center - September, 2015

Dogs fill the streets around UAB during annual Mutt Strut
Mark Almond, - April, 2015


December’s Heart to Paw Grant Recipient: Hand in Paw
Big Heart Pet Brands - December, 2014

Hand in Paw brings furry therapy to those in need at Birmingham schools and hospitals
Alexandra Scoville, - June, 2014

Anniston FUMC’s PAWS program spreads comfort and joy through canine therapy
Brooke Carbo, The Anniston Star - February, 2014


Alabaster City Schools adopts four-legged employee
Haley Westbrook, ABC 33/40 - October, 2013

Wells Fargo to award $1,000 grants to 34 Birmingham area nonprofits
Stan Diel, - October, 2013

Dogs on the Quad provide students break from studying
Jessica Smith, The Crimson White - October, 2013

Meeting Ryder
Joel Gamble, Weld for Birmingham - August, 2013

There's A Dog In My Room!
Carolanne Roberts, Tuscaloosa Magazine - August, 2013

Fighting Summer Slide
YWCA of Central Alabama - July, 2013

Love and Service
Heather Lybrand, Double Oak Mountain Life - April, 2013


Dog therapy program expands local services
Sara Milledge, The Tuscaloosa News - December, 2012

Bonding Exercise
Julie Keith, Birmingham Magazine - July, 2012


Man's best friend also can provide therapeutic care
UAB Reporter - September, 2011

Puppy Love - September, 2011

Hand in Paw brings animal-assisted therapy to local schools - September, 2011

Hand in Paw partners with UAB to offer an Animal
Assisted Therapy Workshop - July, 2011

Mutt Strut Raises Funds for Hand in Paw
Laura McAllister, Over The Mountain Journal - March, 2011

Community Leadership Grant: Hand-in-Paw, Birmingham, Ala. - March, 2011

UAB to honor Outstanding Women - Claire Peel is one of our volunteers and was being honored by UAB.
UAB Reporter - March, 2011 - February, 2011


Extending a Friendly Paw
Rachel Ashcroft, AOTA - October, 2010

UAB Magazine - May, 2010

Regions See The Good - April, 2010


Natural Companions
Cory Diaz, Alabama Alumni Magazine - March, 2009

Pawsitive Living
Kathy Seale, Birmingham News - January, 2009


Pierson’s journey
Sarah Bruyn Jones, The Tuscaloosa News - February, 2007