Hand in Paw

Founded in 1996, Hand in Paw (ALABAMA) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve human health and well-being through Animal-Assisted Therapy.

Hand in Paw’s programs address some of the greatest challenges facing north central Alabama, working to combat illiteracy, teach compassion, prevent bullying and family and community violence, and improve the lives of people with chronic illnesses and special needs. A corps of more than 175 specially-trained volunteers and their therapy animals deliver 105,000 therapeutic interventions annually. Hand in Paw’s work is 100% collaborative: all services are delivered free of charge in 100 medical centers, schools, and human service agencies.

To learn more about Hand in Paw, please visit www.handinpaw.org. To see a few of our many success stories, please check out our videos at www.handinpaw.org/videos.php.

Awards & Recognitions

Hand in Paw was named Nonprofit of the Year in 2015 by the Birmingham Business Alliance.


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You can find more information about this organization at WWW.HANDINPAW.ORG


In 2016, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award was for $10,000.

In 2015, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $12,500 will be used to fund an extension of the Hand In Paw’s Petscription Program – specifically in our services to children with disabilities and critical illnesses. Funding will help expand our Volunteer Corps sending the most highly trained handler-animal teams into the field.

In 2014, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $12,500 was used to support the implementation of the new Therapy Teams for the Petscription Program.

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