On Saturday, May 3 from 9 to 11 AM, the Paws on a Mission Pet Therapy Program at Mission Health will hold its annual Paws on Parade fundraising event at Carrier Park in West Asheville. The event will take place rain or shine.
Hosted by Mission Foundation, dozens of dogs and their people will be raising funds for the Paws on a Mission Pet Therapy Program at Mission Health. After light refreshments, participants will walk at their own pace and prizes will be awarded to the top three fundraisers. This year’s goal is to raise $15,000.
A program of Mission Hospital's Integrative Healthcare Department, Paws On A Mission consists of more than 98 dedicated volunteers and their pets that touch lives throughout the Western North Carolina community with the healing power of pet therapy. Paws On A Mission therapy dogs spread smiles, comfort, hope and healing to hospital patients of all ages, children and youth in local schools and at community agencies. Mission is one of only a small number of hospitals to have pet therapy coordinators on staff who recruit, train and schedule pet therapy volunteers. As a result of having coordinators on staff, Mission has one of the largest programs in the southeast, and its services are in high demand.
Paws On Parade not only raises funds to support the growing program, it is a celebration of the bond we have with our animals. All well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. There is a minimum donation of $10 per family to participate in Paws On Parade; however, all are encouraged to get sponsors for a pet therapy or family dog's participation.
To learn more, visit www.missionfoundation.org.