How Service, Support, and Companion Animals Help Us. A discussion with Carrie Finch from PAWSNY



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Have you ever wondered about the terms Companion Animals (pets), Emotional Support Animals, and Service Animals? These different categories come from the world of animal-assisted therapy and human-animal interactions.

But how do they impact our day-to-day life? How do our animals provide therapy and other support to us?

If you are curious about these topics, join us for an informative event with Carrie Finch from PAWSNY. Carrie Nydick Finch, MS, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and native New Yorker who has been working in the social services field for over 15 years. She is the Director of Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) NY, an organization that helps New York City’s most vulnerable residents remain with their pets by delivering critical programs and services through a community of partners and volunteers.

Carrie will help answer these questions and more!

  • What are different types of therapy animals?

  • How does a therapy animal support us? When should we seek this type of support?

  • What is the scientific evidence telling us about the benefits of keeping pets at home?

  • How to ensure that our therapy animals have a good life

Bring your questions!

We are asking for a donation of $5-10 to support the amazing work done by PAWSNY. Donations can be made here: Event Donation

More about our speaker: Carrie has extensive and varied social work experience, working with Doctors of the World, The Red Cross, dually diagnosed clients at FEGS, survivors of torture at the International Institute of New Jersey, and active drug users at New York Harm Reduction Educators.  Throughout her career, Carrie provided individualized and culturally appropriate psychotherapy, while supervising diverse staff and overseeing program development and implementation. Carrie holds a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and is certified in Animal-Assisted Activities, Therapy, and Learning from the University of Denver. She is certified as a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Instructor with PATH International, and has experience fostering cats and dogs. Carrie joined PAWS NY in 2013 and it was the perfect match. She has acted as Program Director there for the past eight years, helping to keep families together and believes strongly in the power of the human-animal bond and the immense benefits that animals bring to our lives.


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