What Is Pet Assisted Wellness at Stanford (PAWS)?
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 Health Care, 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.
- B2: Mondays, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
- C3, E & F Ground: Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- G2: Every other Friday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
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.