The P.A.W.S Program


At the Child Protection Center, we are incredibly proud of our P.A.W.S program and the impact these dogs have on our clients.

Whether during a therapy session or while testifying in court, P.A.W.S pups and their handlers provide comfort to children affected by the traumas of abuse and neglect. The dogs offer their companionship to our clients throughout the healing process, through their sense of calm, comfort and unconditional support.

This program was founded by Danielle Hughes, Team Coordinator of the Child Protection Team and 2020’s Child Advocate of the Year. Danielle’s own dog, Harley Duke, inspired her to create the program to benefit children in the traumatic and stressful situations that occur after child abuse.

For program inquiries, please email Danielle Hughes at, or call 941-365-1277, Ext. 212

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


Child Protection Center, Inc.

720 South Orange Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941.365.1277
Fax: 941-953-7181

North Port Office

5600 Peace River Road
 North Port, FL 34287
To Contact Supervised Visitation
Phone: 941-423-1921

Arcadia Office

222 N. Roberts Avenue
Arcadia, FL 34266
Phone: 941-365-1277