Paws and Affection is a nonprofit 501c3 with the mission to train service, facility, and companion dogs for young people who have a range of disabilities in the greater Philadelphia area and to educate the public about service dogs and their role in the community. Our goal is to empower these children with independence and confidence by matching them with amazing dogs.
We believe puppies raised with love, reward-based training, and a heavy dose of socialization early on make the happiest, most capable service dogs. Our puppies come to us during a critical socialization period and we immediately begin exposing them to the world in a positive way.
What does a service dog from Paws and Affection do? While the dog opens doors in the literal sense, he also opens other doors. A service dog from Paws and Affection provides a child with a new level of self confidence and pride.
The first step to applying for a Paws and Affection dog is to read the below criteria and eligibility requirements. If you (or your child) meet these requirements and are interested in applying for a Paws and Affection dog please call the phone number below to discuss the application process with us further.
Paws and Affection Community K9 programs bring education and knowledge about service dogs, disabilities, and general dog behavior to our community. Read below for more information about our two Community K9 programs.
Our current funding comes from private donors and foundations. Our donors and support system are what keep Paws and Affection moving everyday. We couldn’t do any of this without them and our appreciation is tremendous. If you would like to make a donation, making a difference takes just a few clicks via Paypal or you can send a check to us directly.