"Paws & Hearts"Animal Assisted Therapy


As we update our quarterly newsletter we will also update our Event Page. Whether you are a volunteer or just an animal lover you are always invited to our events. Community support helps to make our program grow.

20th Annual Dog Walk Fundraiser

We have decided to post-pone our 22nd Annual Dog Walk, until November of 2023.

Couple of reasons for this--at the time of this writing, Covid Cases are once again increasing, and we don't want to go through all the months of preparations only to have to cancel. And we have just moved into our new office which was a huge undertaking and we'd like a breather for the remainder of the year.

Last fall's On-Line Fundraising Campaign was a huge success, and we are going to repeat it again this year. We hope that everyone will participate with a donation again!

Hopefully, we will see all of you on Saturday, November 25th, 2023 for our next Dog Walk!

Download 2019 Dog Walk
Photos with Santa Here!

Be sure to get your Holiday Photo with Santa at this year's Dog Walk-Fundraiser. You can use the photo for your Holiday cards as they are all posted on our site a couple of days after the walk!

Saturday, November 25th, 2023
The Westin Mission Hills Resort
in Rancho Mirage
Registration at 9:00 am,
Walk kicks off at 10:00 am!

We are in year 22! Who could believe that this would be the 23rd Annual Dog Walk and that the little organization that "Lucky" and I founded years ago would boast almost 45 volunteer teams and have such an incredible presence in the Coachella Valley? Our Canine Ambassadors visit facilities from The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Desert Regional Medical Center in north Palm Springs, all the way down valley to Indio Nursing and Rehabilitation.

It seems like only yesterday that "Lucky" and I made our first visit with Uncle Phillip helping out. Much has changed over the years, and we've developed an enviable reputation in town as a well run, reliable non-profit. We probably have the best volunteer pool of any agency in town, and while donations are down everywhere, our core donors are still supporting us.

So please bring along those Zip-lock bags of loose change you have been saving all year and come out to our 23rd Annual Dog Walk and lend your support.

Raffle Prizes !!!

For those of you who have attended our dog walks in the past you know that we have the very best raffle of all! We sell raffle tickets for our over-the-top raffle baskets and gift certificates. Local merchants have graciously donated products and services and almost everyone who purchases a raffle ticket wins something.

"We had a great turn out at our 19th Annual Dog Walk!"

We look forward to seeing you at our
23rd Annual Dog Walk / Fundraiser on November 25th, 2023!

The Joslyn Senior Center in Palm Desert holds their Annual Fall Heath Fair every October. "Paws & Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy was one of the 100 Vendors and always get dressed in costume for the spirit of Halloween. In 2015 Richard was dressed as a Veterinarian, and Jill as the nurse, and we had administered attention to a table full of stuffed dogs and cats!

Scruffy, Maddie and even Uncle Drew joined us, and they checked out just fine!

Richard and Jill, in 2014, dressed as Firemen, (and would you believe that visitors to the table actually believed they were real firemen!)

In 2013 Richard and Jill were dressed
up as a magician and assistant!

April 2016

It has just been announced that as of June 30th the Cinemas Palme D'or, who for many years hosted our "Take Your Dog to the Movies" will be closing.

At "Paws & Hearts" we are quite sad to see this venue leave the valley because one of the owners, Brian Tabor, has always been so supportive of our non profit.

Brian, my board of directors and I really want to thank you for hosting all of those fund-raisers for us. Your generosity helped our bottom line, and it was a great way to get our name out there, and attract new volunteers and donors.

Best of luck to you!

Richard Waxman

For information on these events call the "Paws & Hearts" office: (760) 836-1406

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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