UNC PAWS (Peer Assisted Wellness Support)



The Center, in collaboration with the paws4people foundation in Wilmington, N.C. and North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation, is  establishing an assistance dog training program, UNC PAWS, at The Farm at Penny Lane Farm in Pittsboro, N.C.  UNC PAWS  will work with local shelters and rescue organizations to select dogs for the program.

Individuals with severe mental illness receive specialized training and, subsequently, train dogs that will ultimately become assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

Benefits for patients/clients working with and training these dogs include:

  • learn or experience responsibility
  • improved self-confidence
  • empathy
  • sense of accomplishment
  • marketable job skills

    For information contact:thava@unc.edu