Contact Information

Volunteer Resources
Phone: (650) 498-3333
Fax: (650) 736-4130
Guest Services

300 Pasteur Drive
Room H1132
Stanford, CA 94305

Pet Assisted Wellness at Stanford (PAWS) is an animal visitation program for patients in the hospital. We match well-trained, carefully selected animals (dogs, cats and bunnies) with patients who would enjoy a friendly visit. 

Note: Only Service Animals are allowed within Stanford Hospital & Clinics, with exception of Therapy Animals registered through the PAWS program. Service animals are legally defined (Americans With Disabilities Act, 1990) and are trained to meet the disability-related needs of their handlers who have disabilities.

PAWS on the Units

PAWS facilitators will make unit rounds shortly before visitations to capture patient requests. Let your Nurse or PAWS facilitator know if you wish to have a PAWS visit.

Special requests for PAWS visits on non-scheduled units have to be cleared by the unit Nurse Manager and are subject to PAWS team availability.

Want to join our PAWS program?

We are always looking for talented and obedient animals. Here at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, safety is a priority, therefore our process in joining the PAWS program is a challenging, but well worth it. 

Animals: All of the animals Stanford Hospital & Clinics uses for its PAWS program must first be certified by Pet Partners.  After your animal receives Pet Partners “complex” certification, you are expected to pass additional screenings by PAWS evaluators before you and your animal become a “PAWS team.”  Please contact Lyn Belingheri at for questions.  Note: This process can take over 6 months to accomplish.

HandlersAll human volunteers are processed through Volunteer Resources and are expected to pass annual online compliance modules, medical requirements, and receive Pet Partners certification with their animal.  

PAWS Team wins the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award

Congratulations to the PAWS team on their wonderful award and recognition!

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