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Service Programs

Paws for a Cause

PAWS to Read

Service dog, Grace, an 8-year-old Golden Retriever belonging to former resident Dr. Zenny Ng, ready for a kids' reading session in the PAWS to Read program.

The Paws for a Cause program incorporates Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) into the following programs:

  • VT Helping PAWS (Pet Assisted Wellness Service) - a training and certification program for pets of veterinary faculty, staff, and students to enable AAA community visits. Learn more
  • PAWS to Read - a child reading program that utilizes AAA dogs to provide a "sounding board" for children learning to read

Caring for Canine Heroes

K-9's Boomer and Boris

Boomer (left) and Boris (right) are members of the Virginia Tech Police Department.

There are more than 200 working canines in law enforcement and search and rescue, and a significant number of service dogs throughout the New River Valley and Potomac Region.

CENTAUR is commited to serving our four-footed heroes through clinical care of working and service dogs and training of handlers and veterinary personnel who work with them.

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Pet Loss Support Hotline

Pet Loss Support Hotline

The Pet Loss Support Hotline can be reached at 540-231-8038.

CENTAUR sponsors the efforts of the Pet Loss Support Hotline staffed by SCAVMA student volunteers with training and guidance provided by the college and Cook Counseling Services at Virginia Tech.

  • The hotline number is 540-231-8038.
  • The hotline is staffed by trained student volunteers on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 - 9 pm.