Our popular pet therapy program is based on the idea of using trained animals and handlers to achieve specific physical, social, cognitive, and emotional goals with patients. We have dedicated volunteers who regularly bring cats, dogs, and rabbits to a variety of organizations. Animals can provide unconditional love and comfort to people at all stages of life, and our volunteers have witnessed how therapy pets can help to restore language and hope to people who have lost some of their physical or cognitive abilities. 

Pet Therapy can contribute to the health and well-being of people. These benefits include:

  • decreasing stress and reducing blood pressure
  • alleviating anxiety, loneliness and depression
  • providing a motivating factor for physical rehabilitation

AWA's volunteers and pet therapy animals visit retirement and assisted living communities. Our dedicated teams bring joy and happiness to these community residents. 

In the past we have worked with the Ronald McDonald House, Emeritus Senior Living and Brandywine Senior Living communities. Our pet therapy teams are happy to work with all types of organizations and people, from children through the elderly. 

If you are interested in learning more about our pet therapy program or would like to schedule a visit, please email outreach@awanj.org

Please note:  Not all AWA Pet Therapy animals are CGC-certified.  Please inform us if you require this certification.


Animal Welfare Association

509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ 08043
Phone: 856.424.2288 | Fax: 856.424.8318