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Give Birmingham: Hand in Paw

Hand in Paw is Alabama’s premier Animal-Assisted Therapy provider and a national leader in this growing field. At Hand in Paw, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we train qualified animals and their owners to work as a team in therapeutic settings. HIP teams become heroes to people of all ages dealing with emotional and physical life challenges. These Therapy Teams deliver positive distraction, motivation, empathy and compassion in several medical centers, schools, and human service organizations across Central Alabama and Tuscaloosa. At no time has Hand in Paw charged for its services.


In 2021, Hand in Paw celebrated 25 years of service to the community

Today, Hand in Paw has 61 Program Partners, 68 Therapy Teams, and 27 Visit Assistants

Hand in Paw has 3 main program areas: HIP Heals which focuses on mental health, wellness and compassion. HIP Reads which focuses on education, literacy and special education. HIP Cares which focuses on life skills, mentoring and animal advocacy.

In January of 2019, Hand in Paw held a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil their newly renovated and expanded campus thanks to a $2 million Capital Campaign.


Mutt Strut (April 23).  Hand in Paw’s annual dog-friendly 5k and 1 mile fun run at Homewood Central Park.

Picasso Pets (August 13). Hand in Paw’s signature auction featuring a chic cocktail reception, star therapy animals, delectable drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and a live auction happening on August 13th at The Harbert Center. 

Giving Tuesday (November 29). A global day of giving back powered by social media. Give to Hand in Paw on Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2022 to help bring Animal-Assisted Therapy to those who need it most! Donate at

The Pack The Pack is a community of dedicated monthly givers committed to helping Hand in Paw grow and achieve its mission. By joining The Pack, you enable Hand in Paw to invest in specific areas of our work, expand our programs and continuously touch the lives of people in need because we know we have your ongoing support. Become a Pack member at


To improve human health and well-being through Animal-Assisted Therapy.

617 38th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35222


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