Hand in Pawhttp://www.handinpaw.org
What We Do Hand-In-Paw, an internationally known non-profit founded in 1996, provides professionally trained handler and animal therapy teams to help people heal physically and emotionally. These teams successfully address abuse, disabilities, illiteracy, and chronic and terminal illness in more than 50 facilities in Jefferson, Shelby, Blount and St. Clair counties. Research has proven animal-assisted therapy reduces anxiety, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure and improves heart and lung function. Our volunteer teams have made more than 100,000 beneficial contact visits through community events and participating facilities. At no time has Hand-In-Paw charged for its services. We are funded entirely through the generosity of donors, grant monies and proceeds from fundraising events.