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
  • 5th floor Rehabilitation unit (moved to Gottlieb Hospital in Melrose Park)
  • Bernadin Cancer Center
  • Loyola Medical Resident Physician Wellness
  • 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

Hines Veterans Administration Hospital (Hines)

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

Oak Trace Senior Living Community (Downers Grove)

Villa St Benedict Senior Living Community (Lisle)

Elementary, High School and College Programs

  • Ann M. Jeans Elementary School (Willowbrook)
  • Arbor View Elementary School (Glen Ellyn)
  • Brookdale Elementary School (Naperville)
  • Compass Preschool and Kindergarten (Naperville)
  • Downers Grove North High School
  • Hillcrest Elementary School (Downers Grove)
  • Hodgkins Elementary School (Hodgkins)
  • Lincoln Way High School (New Lenox)
  • Manor Hill Elementary School (Lombard)
  • Meadowview Elementary School (Woodridge)
  • Mooseheart Child Village Elementary School (Batavia)
  • Pierce Downers Elementary School (Downers Grove)
  • Pleasant Lane Elementary School (Lombard)
  • Schafer Elementary School (Lombard)
  • Scheisher Elementary School (Lisle)
  • Tate Woods Elementary School (Lisle)
  • University of Illinois College of Dentistry
  • Wesley Elementary School (Addison)
  • Westfield Elementary School (Glen Ellyn)
  • Wheaton College
  • White Eagle Elementary School (Naperville)

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

Special Programs

  • Breaking Free (Aurora)
  • Bridge Communities (Glendale Heights and Naperville)
  • Community Adult Day Care (Downers Grove)
  • Little Friends Spectrum Vocational Services (Downers Grove)
  • The Mansion School (Naperville)


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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: