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, Illinois

  • 5th floor Rehabilitation unit (moved to Gottlieb Hospital in Melrose Park)
  • 4th floor Pediatrics
  • Bernadin Cancer Center
  • Ronald McDonald House (for families of hospitalized children)
  • Stritch School of Medicine
  • Marcell Neihoff School of Nursing/ Health Sciences Library
  • "On Call" visits throughout the hospital 
  • Loyola Medical Resident Physician Wellness 

Hines Veterans Administration Hospital
Hines Illinois

  • Blind Rehabilitation
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord RCF
  • Outpatient Mental Health Clinic
  • Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Extended Care / Geriatrics / Hospice units
  • Medical / Rehabilitation unit
  • Fisher House (for families of hospitalized veterans)

Oak Trace Senior Living Community
Downers Grove, Illinois

  • Assisted Living
  • Independent Living
  • Medicare units
  • Dementia units

Villa St Benedict Senior Living Community
Lisle, Illinois

  • Assisted Living
  • Independent Living

"Read With Me" and school programs:

  • Tate Woods Elementary School in Lisle
  • Brookdale Elementary School in Naperville
  • Scheisher Elementary School in Lisle
  • Hodgkins Elementary School in Hodgkins
  • White Eagle Elementary School in Naperville
  • Westfield Elementary School in Glen Ellyn
  • Mooseheart Child Village Elementary School in Batavia 
  • Compass Preschool and Kindergarten in Naperville
  • Arbor View Elementary School in Glen Ellyn
  • Manor Hill Elementary School in Lombard
  • Pleasant Lane Elementary School in Lombard
  • Hillcrest Elementary School in Downers Grove
  • Pierce Downers Elementary School in Downers Grove
  • Ann M. Jeans Elementary School in Willowbrook
  • Meadowview Elementary School in Woodridge
  • Wesley Elementary School in Addison
  • Schafer Elementary School in Lombard
  • Downers Grove North High School 
  • Lincoln Way High School in New Lenox
  • Wheaton College
  • University of Illinois College of Dentistry
  • Bloomingdale Public Library 
  • Broadview Public Library 
  • North Riverside Public Library 
  • Naper Boulevard Public Library in Naperville
  • 95th St Library Public Library in Naperville
  • Nichols Public Library in Naperville
  • Woodridge Public Library 
  • Indian Prairie Public Library in Darien
  • Lisle Public Library
  • Forest Park Public Library
  • Broadview Public Library in Broadview
  • The Mansion School in Naperville

Little Friends Spectrum Vocational Services
Downers Grove, Illiinois

Community Adult Day Care
Downers Grove Illinois


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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: