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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.


15th Annual Dog Walk Fundraiser


Download 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 days after the walk!





Saturday, November 25th, 2017
The Westin Mission Hills Resort
in Rancho Mirage
Registration at 9:00 am,
Walk kicks off at 10:00 am!


We are about to kick off year number 17! Who could believe that this would be the 17th Annual Dog Walk and that the little organization that "Lucky" and I founded 16 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 in 16 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 17th 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 16th Annual Dog Walk!"

We look forward to seeing you at our
2017, 17th Annual Dog Walk / Fundraiser!






We consider ourselves very honored to have been chosen by Barry Manilow as one of the recipients from his December 2015 Holiday Concerts at the MacCallum Theater. His show was amazing, and I'm sure all the other charities hope he does it again!

Thank you Barry for being such a mensch!!





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. This year, 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

Remember, volunteer or an animal lover, you are always invited to our events & community support helps to make our program grow like the annual dog walk fund-raiser parade volunteer/community events.



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"Paws & Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy
74-133 El Paseo, Suite 7, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone (760) 836-1406
Fax (760) 836-1426