• Hand2Paw’s mission is to provide job training to young adults in need while enhancing resilience, compassion, and connection with people, animals and the community.
  • Hand2Paw serves young adults by providing them with an internship where they can earn income, enrich life and work skills that will guide their future employment, and heal from the trauma and injustice they have experienced in their lives. The approach stems from the need for a safe and supportive work environment where young adults can deliberately heal themselves and others, while also earning an income that allows them to pave their journey to adulthood. The program and interventions we’ve established to coach and promote self-growth help young people to reach their potential while they are involved in the caring and enrichment of shelter animals. Our belief is that every person and animal deserve: a clean, supportive, enriching, and stress free environment that promotes learning in positive ways; sense of purpose and control; opportunities for social connection and support; and to cultivate the coping skills and mindsets that will help them navigate the stresses and challenges of life.
At first, just the paycheck. But later I cared about finding a home for each animal that was adopted. Hand2Paw has been more consistent than other programs. We made realistic goals and you didn’t waste our time. The program showed me that I can be committed to coming to work every day. It was a great atmosphere – there wasn’t too much stress. The internship showed me the positive results of me improving on my work skills.
Hand2Paw Intern
I view this program as different because I could feel the compassion and the genuine care for my success.
Hand2Paw Intern
I feel I have more confidence because I have maintained two jobs since being with Hand2Paw.
Hand2Paw Intern
I do believe that this program made an impact on me, a positive one, I will forever be changed because I went to this program. If you’re reading this and you work with Hand2Paw, Thank You.
Hand2Paw Intern
I thought that it helped that I was never quit on, I was always pushed to do more and that mentality that I always have to do more helped me in life.
Hand2Paw Intern
I feel my favorite thing about Hand2Paw so far is that it is a meeting space of healing & aiding the transitional periods of animals and those of humans, particularly youth. Hand2Paw provides an alternative to stressful shelters where animals & adopters aren’t moved by pity but rather compassion!
Hand2Paw Intern, 2019
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