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Hand2Paw is an organization in Philadelphia that connects homeless youth and shelter animals in a mutually beneficial way.

Work Skills & Job Opportunities for Young Adults in Philadelphia

Hand2Paw teaches the rituals of the working world to teens that are transitioning into adult life. Learn More ›

Therapeutic Experiences for Youth and Abandoned Animals

Hand2Paw provides hope and comfort to animals and youth alike through mutually beneficial programs. Learn More ›

Empowering Kids to Treat Animals With Respect

Hand2Paw teaches youth to treat all animals as individuals and with the kindness they deserve. Learn More ›

Extra Care and Attention for Thousands of Shelter Animals

Hand2Paw has helped over 1,500 homeless animals receive the care, training, socialization, and love they deserve. Learn More ›

Help us Ensure a Brighter Future

Your support helps ensure a brighter future for young adults and shelter animals. Donate ›

About Hand2Paw

About Hand2Paw

Hand2Paw gives youth a chance to gain self worth and learn real skills, while simultaneously ensuring that homeless animals get more of the care and training they deserve.

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From the Blog

The Parallels Between Homeless Youth and Homeless Animals

Our original rationale for pairing homeless teenagers with shelter animals was our founder’s observation that many young people living on … Read more >

Washington Moves Toward Helping Kids Aging out of Foster Care

Hand2Paw helps homeless youth, many of whom end up that way because they turn 18 and are no longer eligible … Read more >