Mission Statement

The PAWSitive Therapy Troupe is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to sharing registered therapy dogs with individuals in a wide variety of health care and educational settings--bringing comfort, support and encouragement through the unique healing power of the human-animal bond.


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Where We Go

Teams consisting of a volunteer handler and his/her registered therapy dog participate in visitation and therapy sessions at a variety of different locations in the Chicago metropolitan area:

Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood)

  • 4th floor Pediatrics
  • Bernadin Cancer Center
  • Marcell Neihoff School of Nursing / Health Sciences Library
  • Ronald McDonald House (for families of hospitalized children)
  • Stritch School of Medicine
  • "On Call" visits throughout the hospital
  • "Colleague Support" visits for hospital staff throughout the campus

Hines Veterans Administration Hospital (Hines)

  • Blind Rehabilitation
  • Extended Care / Geriatrics Oncology  Medical / Rehabilitation
  • Fisher House (for families of hospitalized veterans
  • Outpatient Mental Health Clinic
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord RCF

Gottlieb Hospital (Melrose Park)

MacNeal Hospital (Berwyn)

Shriners Hospital (Chicago)

Atria At River Trail Senior Living (Bolingbrook)

Villa St Benedict Senior Living Community (Lisle)

Oak Trace Senior Living, (Downers Grove)

Elementary, High School and College Programs

  • Arbor View Elementary School (Glen Ellyn)
  • Brookdale Elementary School (Naperville)
  • Compass Preschool and Kindergarten (Naperville)
  • Hillcrest Elementary School (Downers Grove)
  • Lincoln Way East High School (Frankfort)
  • Lincoln Way High School Central (New Lenox)
  • Lincoln Way West High School (New Lenox)
  • Proviso Math and Science Academy (Forest Park)
  • Matea Valley High School (Aurora)
  • Mooseheart Child Village Elementary School (Batavia)
  • Pierce Downers Elementary School (Downers Grove)
  • Indian Trail Elementary School (Downers Grove)
  • Pleasant Lane Elementary School (Lombard)
  • Schafer Elementary School (Lombard)
  • Westfield Elementary School (Glen Ellyn)
  • Gurrie Middle School (LaGrange)
  • Granger Middle School (Aurora)
  • Davis Primary School (St Charles)
  • Krejci Academy / Mansion High School (Warrenville)
  • Mother Mcaluey High School (Chicago)
  • University of Illinois College of Dentistry
  • Wheaton College
  • Dominican University

Public Library Programs

  • 95th St Library Public Library (Naperville)
  • Bloomingdale Public Library
  • Broadview Public Library
  • Forest Park Public Library
  • Indian Prairie Public Library (Darien)
  • Lisle Public Library
  • Naper Boulevard Public Library (Naperville)
  • Nichols Public Library (Naperville)
  • North Riverside Public Library
  • Woodridge Public Library
  • Lemont Public Library
  • Riverside Public Library
  • Oak Park Public Library

Special Programs

  • River Forest Police Department (River Forest)
  • Community Adult Day Care (Downers Grove)
  • Little Friends Spectrum Vocational Services (Downers Grove)
  • Tryability Neurorecovery (Downers Grove)


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Contact Us

For general information on Animal-Assisted Activities/Therapy, visit the Pet Partners web site.

If you are already a registered Pet Partner Team and would like to become involved yourself, please fill out our online application.

If you have further questions about the PAWSitive Therapy Troupe, contact us at: