Book Signing | Paws for People
Written by Lynne Robinson, Executive Director, PAWS for People, with Rachel Brown, the book features 22 profiles of PAWS’ therapy teams at work in settings ranging from hospitals, courthouses, schools, rehab facilities, libraries and more. Each story demonstrates the impact of pet therapy on everyone involved - the recipients, the volunteers and the pets.
“We set out to tell the story of how a big red dog and his kind-hearted person ventured into the world of pet therapy together,” explains Lynne Robinson. “What started in 2005 with a handful of teams (volunteers and their own pets) visiting a handful of sites has grown into an award-winning nonprofit organization with more than 650 trained and certified teams in 24 specialized programs, providing one-on-one visits at 200 sites across a 4-state region.”
Each chapter reveals the joy, comfort, and healing that the PAWS therapy teams bring to the young, old and everyone in-between, plus readers will learn more about the many areas where pet therapy can make a difference.
Lynne is the Executive Director of PAWS for People, a nonprofit volunteer pet therapy organization she founded in 2005. A lifelong animal lover and dog owner, she rescued a bedraggled and neglected golden retriever and almost instantly realized that she had a very special dog. He was uniquely in tune with others and could convey a sense of comfort and peace. Lynne's desire to share him with others is what launched PAWS. While Lynne is busy overseeing PAWS as a whole and working with the volunteer teams, she continues to pilot new programs and still goes out on-site visits every month with two of her goldens, Tory and Joy, and her cat, Moxie.