What Is Pet Assisted Wellness at Stanford (PAWS)?
Pet Assisted Wellness at Stanford (PAWS) is an animal visitation program for patients and families in the hospital. We match well-trained, carefully selected animals (dogs, cats and bunnies) with patients who would enjoy a friendly visit.
Note: Only service animals are allowed within Stanford Health Care, with exception of therapy animals registered through the PAWS program. Service animals are legally defined (Americans With Disabilities Act, 1990) and are trained to meet the disability-related needs of their handlers who have disabilities.
Pet visitation on the units, at patient bedside, and waiting areas.
PAWS facilitators will visit with patients and families who have requested bedside visits. Please call the Guest Services Call Center at 650-498-3333 to request pet visitation, or notify your nurse for a PAWS visit.
Special requests for PAWS visits on non-scheduled units have to be cleared by the unit nurse manager and are subject to PAWS team availability.