"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.

"Barry Manilow's A Gift of Love Concerts V" will be held this coming December!

Once again valley resident Barry Manilow is bringing his Gift of Love Concerts to the McCallum Theater and we are lucky enough to be one of the 25 Selected Charities to receive a donation for ticket sales that we are responsible for.

There are various price points for seating, 5 performances in December- the 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12. Tickets will not be available at the McCallum box office, buy on-line at AGOL5.com.

When making your ticket purchase you must indicate "Paws & Hearts" is your charity of choice! It is just that simple.

20th Annual Dog Walk Fundraiser

We have decided to post-pone the 2021 walk.

It takes months to put this event together and with the resurgence of the corona-virus we think it better to hold off another year.

However, this fall we will be putting together a major fund-raising campaign and we ask all of our donors and sponsors to please make a donation!

We will hopefully see all of you on
Saturday, November 26th, 2022!!

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!

We will see how 2021 and 2022 unfold. We would very much like to hold our Annual Dog Walk-Fundraiser on Saturday, November 26, 2022 but we'll see how things work out!

Saturday, November 26th, 2022
The Westin Mission Hills Resort
in Rancho Mirage
Registration at 9:00 am,
Walk kicks off at 10:00 am!

We are in year 21! Who could believe that this would be the 22nd 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 22nd 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
21st Annual Dog Walk / Fundraiser on November 26th, 2022!

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

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