Founder and Executive Director
Laura O’Kane founded Paws and Affection in August 2013. Laura is the Executive Director of the organization and spends her time raising funds to care for and train the P&A team of dogs as well as managing the day to day activity of the organization. She plans events, works with volunteers, interviews applicants, and helps with the training of dog/recipient teams. Laura is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and spent time in the classroom assisting in the training of in-home pets in basic obedience and manners prior to starting Paws and Affection. Laura was a manager at two different major retailers in the Philadelphia area over the course of 10 years and has a B.S. from Virginia Tech in Management with a minor in Business Administration. In September 2011, Laura completed the Teach the Teacher Course at Canine Assistants in Atlanta, GA under the direction of Jennifer Arnold. Laura and her husband Chad live outside of Philadelphia with their 2 children.