"Paws & Hearts"Animal Assisted Therapy


Each and every week our volunteer teams visit with hundreds of valley residents spreading much needed love and healing to the folks residing in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, Alzheimers facilities or patients in hospital.

Here are just a few of our Canine Ambassadors, past and present, out in the field doing what they do best.

Canine Ambassador: Zoey
Volunteer: Cathy Robinson

Canine Ambassador: Muffin & Molly
Volunteer: Barbara Newton

Canine Ambassador: Mulligan
Volunteer: Sue Cotton

Canine Ambassador: Scruffy & Maddie
Volunteer: Richard Waxman

Canine Ambassador: Barclay
Volunteer: Anita Jameson

Canine Ambassador: Hannah
Volunteer: Mary Ann Sutherland

Canine Ambassador: Sammi
Volunteer: Rose Ann Deitch

Canine Ambassador: Nutmeg
Volunteer: Mary Carol Pamperin

"Nutmeg" on her visitation table at Vista Cove at Rancho Mirage.

Canine Ambassador: Buck
Volunteer: Jenny Huether

"Buck" is visiting one of his favorite residents at Vista Cove at Rancho Mirage.

Canine Ambassador: Tiffany
Volunteer: Cathy Van Sickle


"Tiffany" listening to children read at the library program.

Canine Ambassador: Lucky
Volunteer: Richard Waxman


Our mascot "Lucky" visiting (or sleeping) with a patient at Eisenhower Medical Center.

Canine Ambassador: Mulligan
Volunteer: Cindy Ryan

"Mulligan" visiting with residents at Brighton Gardens.

Canine Ambassador: Gus
Volunteer: Ann Rule


Gus, the fill-in volunteer who visits most of the facilities in the valley!

Canine Ambassador: Lucky & Scruffy
Volunteer: Richard Waxman


Working their therapy magic at Eisenhower Medical Center.

Canine Ambassador: Fergus
Volunteer: Patti Keylin


'Fergus' is the newest ambassador on the program and he visits with the folks at Brighton Gardens weekly.

Canine Ambassador: Tinkerbell
Volunteer: Gordon & Sandy Fritz


'Tinkerbell' has been visiting Indio Nursing & Rehab. on Monday's for over 4 years now!

"Paws & Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy is always looking for Volunteers. You can make a difference. If you wish to be a volunteer, click the Volunteer button at the top of the page to learn more.


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"Paws & Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy
The Berger Foundation Building

42-600 Cook Street, Suite 138, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Phone (760) 836-1406