In Philadelphia, a quarter of foster care youth that “age out” of the system at age 18 are left homeless. These youth lack the skills and support to transition into adult life. Unfortunately a parallel tragedy is unfolding for animals. Annually, Philadelphia euthanizes about 15,000 companion animals in shelters due to a lack of space and volunteers to care for the influx of animals in need. Hand2Paw brings together these two groups with a mutually beneficial program. It provides job training and therapeutic experiences for the youth, while simultaneously ensuring that shelter animals get the care and attention they deserve.