You Can Help by Making a Donation

Donations are critical to our ability to function. Your generous tax deductible donations help us to fund liability insurance, utilities, office expenses and a modest payroll. To send a donation, please click on the donation button below. You can make a donation directly online with PayPal, or mail us a check made payable to "Paws & Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy, The Berger Foundation Building, 42-600 Cook Street, Suite 138, Palm Desert, CA 92211.

Why Donate to "Paws & Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy?

What sets our organization apart from all the others in the valley? Good questions. First of all, "Paws & Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy only has one program and very simply put, all of our energy and funding goes into our mission statement of providing therapy dogs to local hospitals, long-term care facilities, cancer centers and Alzheimer's facilities.

Quite often when a donor donates to a large multi-level agency it is not always clear what the donation is used for. With us, there is only one program and our donors can rest assured that their generous donation goes towards the visits.

So the next time you, the donor, are out in the valley and you see one of our volunteers in the "Paws & Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy white polo shirt taking their Canine Ambassador into a facility, be proud that your donation has made that visit possible and that you are ensuring the future of our little organization!

Your Donation Counts!!

Donations can be made to us online or by mail.

We are a Non Profit Group Fed.Tax ID # 91-2096569

You can mail your donation to us. Click on the button below for instructions and to print a donation form.

Donation Form

The button below takes you directly to PayPal to make your donation online safely and securely. You will receive an acknowledgment notice from us and be included on our mailing list (which is never sold). This entitles you to receive our quarterly newsletter.


We Truly Appreciate Your Sponsorship.

Your donation enables us to continue with our mission of providing therapy dogs to those individuals who can no longer take care of a pet for themselves.

Your generous donations make it possible for us to continue with our mission of providing weekly visits to seniors and children in our community.

Your donation is tax deductible.

Thank you!!

Financial Disclosure

If you wish to see our full financial reports or other information about "Paws & Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy you can visit GuideStar's Non-Profit information website.

1) Once on their website, at the top click create an account and fill out your information. You will need to create a log in ID and password. It's free and secure.

2) After you register, click advanced search and type in these three words: "Paws and Hearts". Then click okay or go. Once you are on the page you can click on any link to learn different things about the company.

Go to GuideStar Website

Leave a Lasting Legacy

Consider leaving us a lasting legacy so that "Paws & Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy can continue providing Animal Assisted Therapy visits for many life-times to come.

  • 1) Leaving a legacy donation in either your name or your dog's name
  • 2) Leave a donation on behalf of a loved one we visited
  • 3) Consider making us one of the charities to which you make an annual contribution
  • 4) The benefits of a charitable bequest is a bequest written in a will or trust that directs a gift to be made to "Paws & Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy when you pass away. One benefit of a charitable bequest is that it enables you, the donor, to further the good work of our Canine Ambassadors long after you are gone. If you or your loved ones have greatly benefited from our visits, consider what your donation will mean to other patients and families.

Please call our Executive Director, Richard Waxman at 760-836-1406 to discuss the various methods of leaving a legacy in your name.

It is important to run this article again and keep this thought in everyone's mind.

As an organization we continue to grow and mature and have begun to consider long-range financial plans for "Paws & Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy Producing an annual dog walk is one way of collecting donations, but for a non-profit to become solid, having funds invested over the long-term ensures continued growth.

There are many ways that donors can bestow upon a non-profit a lasting legacy that will help to ensure the longevity of the organization. Donors can direct fund to us through a variety of ways;

  • Retirement planned gifts
  • Bequests
  • Gifts of Life Insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Charitable gift annuities

Whichever route a donor chooses, he or she should always consult their financial advisor first. Tax benefits are available if funds are given while the donor is still living. And keep in mind that once you become a long-term donor you will be forever part of our Legacy Society, and recognized with special attention at events. Just imagine our first Legacy Society tea!

"Paws & Hearts" intends to be here for generations to come, and as we move forward one of our goals is to establish ourselves with a secure financial base. This is something to which each and every one of you can lend a hand in!

Richard Waxman

In Memory of... And in Honor of...

Always in our Hearts

At "Paws & Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy we offer a new slant on donations in memory of. We have the standard memorial donation, which if you make a donation in the name of a family member or pet and provide us with a picture; we will include the picture on our Memorial Wall and send a letter of acknowledgment to the family.

In addition to posting the picture on our Memorial Wall, we will begin posting the pictures right here on our website in our Memorial Section. Actually this idea was inspired by our most recent memorial donors, Andy and Tony Marefos, Drew's brothers. You'll see the picture of their three dogs. Andy asked if the picture could be featured on our website and it sparked an idea for us! Thanks for the suggestion Andy..

We will always have the Memorial Wall in the office and will continue to add to it. And at the donors request will include a picture and information on the site.

We have come up with a fun way to honor family and friends. Most people who celebrate birthdays and anniversaries don't want gifts, but would rather have a donation made in their name. Consider making the donation to "Paws & Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy. We will send out an acknowledgment letter to inform the recipient of your generosity on their behalf. A great tax deductible way to give a gift!