Homeless teens and PAWS animals: a wonderful partnership

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PAWS dogs and cats have found a special group of new friends. Through Hand2Paw, homeless youth from Covenant House visit every two weeks to train and bathe dogs, provide TLC to cats, socialize kittens, and more.

By volunteering with PAWS, these teens provide invaluable assistance at our shelter while gaining new skills and learning the value of giving back. Some have also begun formal internships with us to learn about and prepare for careers in animal care such as veterinary technicians and kennel attendants.

The partnership was founded by Penn student and longtime PAWS volunteer Rachel Cohen, and continues to be an extremely positive experience for both the youth and the animals.

According to Covenant House Rights of Passage Director Rob Zindell, “Not only do the residents grow by giving back and volunteering, but there exists a real opportunity to grow and learn valuable skills through the internship at PAWS.”

Read more about the program here. You can also visit Hand2Paw’s website at

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