Paws for a Cause
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 - Activities include:
- A monthly kids' reading program at the Blacksburg Library that utilizes AAA dogs to provide a "sounding board" for
children learning to read.
- Visits to schools in the Montgomery County Region by our certified therapy teams and literacy tutors from the
Virginia Tech Community Literacy Corps.
- Puppy Raiser Program - A collaborative effort between VA-MD Vet Med and
Saint Francis Service Dogs to provide student-faculty teams to raise
puppies as potential future service dogs.
Caring for Canine Heroes
Boomer (left) and Bax (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. Learn more
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 Center 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.