24HR ABUSE HOTLINE: 1.800.962.2873

P.A.W.S. (Pet Advocates Working in Sarasota)


The P.A.W.S. program provides comfort and aid to children and families in time of trauma and crisis through certified pet therapy animals and trained, screened handlers.

Pet therapy programs enhance the lives of children in amazing ways. Animals facilitate communication between a child and an adult. Animals have been shown to reduce stress and blood pressure with humans within the first ten minutes of interaction. Animals are not capable of judging but instead, offer a sense of calm, comfort and unconditional support.

For more information, please review the P.A.W.S. Brochure or contact Danielle Hughes at DanielleS@CPCSarasota.org

To report child abuse or neglect contact the Florida Abuse Hotline at

1.800.962.2873