CANINES WHO CARE Visiting Pets Program

Visiting Pets Program

Do you know a group of people in need of some cuddly companionship? Meet our Canines Who Care! This wonderful team of dogs, and their handlers, are on a mission to make you smile. If you’re interested in having one of our Canines Who Care team members visit your organization or if you can help support our program, please contact Melody at (512) 470-8110 or



Tucker, a former shelter dog here at PAWS, is now positively impacting and changing lives — dog and human — as part of our Canines Who Care visiting pets program!

Tucker and his partner/handler, Melody, visit hospitals, nursing homes, children’s reading programs, local schools, and more. And with your help and support, more of our amazing rescue dogs will have an opportunity to become part of our program!

We also find that many of the graduates from our Cell Dog program qualify for our Canines Who Care Pet Therapy Program as our current Ambassadog, Tucker, has completed both and now works in the community promoting PAWS Shelter.

Tucker the PAWS Ambassadog


Spunk and Bill found their guardian, Christine, as young adults at the shelter where she volunteers. The dogs are the same kind but quite different in temperament. Scraggly and sweet, Bill is looking for guidance and reassurance. Streamlined Spunk is a sharp firecracker, bursting with confidence and game to tackle any challenge. They make a great team and aspire to bring smiles and cheers through the Canines Who Care visiting pet program.

Christine, Spunk & Bill



Darla and Mojo began their beautiful relationship in February 2015 when Mojo adopted her at PAWS Shelter.  Mojo was rescued from euthanasia at a kill shelter by PAWS and Melody, the shelter’s Executive Director, knew right away that Mojo was the perfect companion for Darla…and wow was she right!  Darla is a RYT 200 certified yoga instructor in Austin and Blanco and has also taught Doga…Yoga with your dog!  Mojo loves it and accompanies her regularly to many of her classes. His hobbies also include hiking, playing, chasing birds, sleeping and he especially loves eating.  But, his favorite thing of all is seeing people and getting lots of pets (and treats).

Darla and Mojo




Heather Dalby worked for PAWS for 3.5 years starting in 2013 as an adoption counselor and leaving in 2016 as Shelter Manager.  Heather now volunteers, fosters and is part of our Therapy Dog Program with her PAWS dog Toby. Toby is a big lug who’s favorite thing in life is to cuddle and make people happy. He’s a real charmer and thoroughly enjoys being part of the PAWS Canines Who Care team.

Heather and Toby

Inka Wolter – PAWS Trainer

Inka found her calling in dog training after adopting two dogs (Charlie and Fox) from PAWS that had adoption barriers starting in 2005. She began an internship at the Lee Mannix Center (now the Canine Center) shortly after and the rest is history. Inka began working as a volunteer for PAWS assisting the harder to place animals.  In 2011 PAWS formally launched our PAW Up program offering in home training for adopted dogs who have trouble transitioning in their new homes. Through grant funding from both Petco and PetSmart Inka has now taken on the program as our formal trainer since 2015. This retention program drastically reduces returns to the shelter.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her dogs doing agility, scent work and physical therapy.  She enjoys cuddling, grooming and spoiling them with home made treats and teaching them new tricks!

Inka, Charlie, & Fox


Sandy Johnson and Pearl


Jenny Tynes and Sophie