"Paws & Hearts"

There are a number of ways that you can help "Paws & Hearts" achieve its goals. One is for you and your pet to volunteer. If you wish to be a volunteer, click the Volunteer button below and fill out our application form.

Always on the look-out for
great therapy dogs in the making!

We are always on the look-out for great therapy dog wanna-be’s.

Over the past few months we’ve seen many dogs in the office that were incredibly cute to look at, but they didn’t possess the personality traits to take on the responsibilities of Animal Assisted Therapy.

Being a ‘cute’ dog to look at, is so not it.  The cuteness of the dog really has nothing to do with the dogs personality, nor does breeding.  In order for your dog to be considered for this most rewarding type of work, look at your dog and ask yourself these questions:

1) Is my dog comfortable in all situations, i.e. coming into contact with strangers on the street, or walking the isles of Lowe’s or Home Depot?

2) Will my dog allow total strangers to come over and say hello?  And will my dog greet the person with great interest and curiosty? 

3) Does my dog greet visitors in my home with eagerness and affection?  Does my dog want to be the center of attention and make guests happy that they’ve come over to visit?

At “Paws & Hearts we love temperament testing potential Canine Ambassadors and coming up with winners.  Consider what will be required of your dog by reviewing our website, and watch the videos of a hospital visit and a temperament test.  If you think your pooch has what it takes, we really want to hear from you!

Donations are critical to our ability to function. Your generous tax deductible donations help us to fund liability insurance, utilities, office expenses and a modest payroll. To send a donation, please click on the donation button below. You can make a donation directly on line with PayPal, or mail us a check made payable to "Paws & Hearts" 74-854 Velie Way, Ste. #7, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Why Donate to Paws and Hearts?

       Why donate to "Paws & Hearts"?  What sets our organization apart from all the others in the valley? Good questions.  First of all, "Paws & Hearts" only has one program and very simply put, all of our energy and funding goes into our mission statement of providing therapy dogs to local hospitals, long-term care facilities, cancer centers and Alzheimer's facilities.

Our overhead is very low, actually our 2012 budget was a little lower than our 2011 budget because we had a reduction in our insurance coverage, our phone charge decreased and our rent did not increase.  Every dollar that a donor donates goes right into making the visits (all 130,000 in '08) possible, paying the rent on the office, the liability insurance, utilities, office supplies, the Executive Directors salary, etc. 

Quite often when a donor donates to a large multi-level agency it is not always clear what the donation is used for.  With us, there is only one program and our donors can rest assured that their generous donation goes towards the visits. 

So the next time you, the donor, are out in the valley and you see one of our volunteers in the "Paws & Hearts" white polo shirt taking their Canine Ambassador into a facility, be proud that your donation has made that visit possible and that you are ensuring the future of our little organization!

Mail your check to :
"Paws & Hearts"
74-854 Velie Way, Suite 7, Palm Desert, CA 92260

or click on the button below to donate electronically.

If you wish to see our full financial reports or other information about "Paws & Hearts" follow these instructions:

1) Go to
2) On the top click register and fill out the information. You will need to create a log in ID and password. It is free.
3) After you register, click advanced search and type in these three words . Paws and Hearts.
Then click okay or go. Once you are on the page you can click on any link to learn different things about the company.

Consider leaving us a lasting legacy so that "Paws & Hearts" can continue providing Animal Assisted Therapy visits for many life-times to come.
  • Leaving a legacy donation in either your name or your dog's name
  • Leave a donation on behalf of a loved one we visited
  • Consider making us one of the charities to which you make an annual contribution
  • The benefits of a charitable bequest is a bequest written in a will or trust that directs a gift to be made to "Paws & Hearts" when you pass away.  One benefit of a charitable bequest is that it enables you, the donor, to further the good work of our Canine Ambassadors long after you are gone.  If you or your loved ones have greatly benefited from our visits, consider what your donation will mean to other patients and families. 

    Please call our Executive Director, Richard Waxman at
    760-836-1406 to discuss the various methods of leaving a legacy in your name.


It is important to run this article again and keep this thought in everyone’s mind.

As an organization we continue to grow and mature and have begun to consider long-range financial plans for “Paws & Hearts.”  Producing an annual dog walk is one way of collecting donations, but for a non-profit to become solid, having funds invested over the long-term ensures continued growth. 

There are many ways that donors can bestow upon a non-profit a lasting legacy that will help to ensure the longevity of the organization. Donors can direct fund to us through a variety of ways;

  • Retirement planned gifts
  • Bequests
  • Gifts of life insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Charitable gift annuities


Whichever route a donor chooses, he or she should always consult their financial advisor first.  Tax benefits are available if funds are given while the donor is still living.  And keep in mind that once you become a long-term donor you will be forever part of our Legacy Society, and recognized with special attention at events.  Just imagine our first Legacy Society tea!

“Paws & Hearts intends to be here for generations to come, and as we move forward one of our goals is to establish ourselves with a secure financial base.  This is something to which each and every one of you can lend a hand in!

Richard Waxman


At "Paws & Hearts" we offer a new slant on donations in memory of. We have the standard memorial donation, which if you make a donation in the name of a family member or pet and provide us with a picture; we will include the picture on our Memorial Wall and send a letter of acknowledgment to the family.

In addition we have come up with a fun way to honor family and friends. Most people who celebrate birthdays and anniversaries don't want gifts, but would rather have a donation made in their name. Consider making the donation to "Paws & Hearts." We will send out an acknowledgment letter to inform the recipient of your generosity on their behalf. A great tax deductible way to give a gift!

"As Good As New"
Official Thrift Store for
Paws & Hearts"

Please be sure to visit our thrift shop, As Good As New located at
44 855 San Pablo Ave. #3, Palm Desert, behind the Angel View Thrift Shop,
(760) 341-4660. The store is full of great items and the merchandise changes daily.

As Good As New is a terrific way to generate donations for our organization. A whopping 50% of all sales are a donation to us, so your purchases are very important, and your donations of household goods keeps a customer coming back.

Keep in mind that we are able to pick up all of your large donations, so items such as furniture, televisions, even computers can benefit us, but please keep in mind that all items must be in working and saleable condition. So next time you are cleaning out the house, please give us a call and we will be only too happy to schedule a pick up!

Monday – Sunday 9 –4  (760) 341-4660


"Lug" as he is referred to has been charming the patients of California Nursing and Rehabilitation for almost a year now with his Mom, Megan. "Lug" was adopted from a shelter back east when Megan was in college and is now living here in the desert.

From the very first visit "Lug" had an amazingly quiet charm with the patients and staff at the facility which has only grown in strength with his weekly visits.

No one describes a visit better than Megan in her weekly volunteer report, and we share this with our readers;

"Lug" brightened so many people's day today. The smiles that he brought about as he happily entered the rooms were absolutely priceless and I am still glowing with joy from seeing how excited all of the residents were to pet him. The highlight of today occurred with one regular resident who is still very sharp and always has a great story to tell "Lug." Today just as we were about to go into the exercise room I saw her emerge from her room and take a seat by the piano. She waved, and of course "Lug" bolted over to greet her with a few kisses. After some of our usual chit-chat she told me that she got dressed today because she knew that "Lug" was coming. There was no way she could miss seeing her wonderful boy!

The fact that she made herself get dressed and out of bed just to see "Lug" for a few minutes shines light on how special he is to her.

Thank you "Lug-Nut" and Megan for being such outstanding volunteers and for sending in such amazing volunteer reports after each and every visit!

We have had and continue to have some of the greatest volunteers who make all the difference at "Paws & Hearts" and in the lives of the people we visit.

Click on the link below.

Some of our past
"Volunteers Of The Month"

Visit our Canine Ambassadors at work page to see our Canine Ambassadors working out in the field. Click the link below.

Our Canine Ambassadors at work.

Paws & Hearts founders Richard, "Lucky" and "Scruffy" Waxman.  Since "Lucky's" passing, "Scruffy" has been doing all of the new- volunteer training himself.  He has a new assistant, "Maddie" who is his side-kick on visits. 

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"Paws & Hearts"
74-854 Velie Way, Suite 7, Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 836-1406 Fax (760) 836-1426