What is TheraPaws?

Our team of volunteers take their therapy dogs into care and residential homes, hospitals, hospices and day centres across London to engage with residents, provide companionship and brighten up their day. We specialise in visits to the elderly with dementia and to palliative care units encouraging social interaction to promote emotional and physical wellbeing.

Make a donation to TheraPaws

TheraPaws is funded entirely by the generous donations of our supporters. Each initial visit costs Mayhew over £250 and the TheraPaws team made over 700 visits in 2018.

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The benefits of TheraPaws

Social interaction and companionship

Decreased feelings of isolation

Improvement in emotional and physical well-being through stress reduction and affection

Unlocking memories and emotions for those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Building relationships between our volunteers and the residents

Improved communication between residents, volunteers, staff and families

Become a volunteer

Are you interested in becoming a TheraPaws volunteer? We welcome all breeds of dogs onto our therapy dog programme.

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Any Questions?

If you would like to request a visit or find out more about TheraPaws please contact us.

Niamh Carwood

TheraPaws Programme Coordinator

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Thank you to the Petplan Charitable Trust for their generous grant towards our TheraPaws programme. You can follow their work on Facebook or Instagram.