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Hephzibah Children's Association946 North BlvdOak Park, IL 60301


Working with "pit bulls" to end the cycle of abuse.

Paws for Strength focuses on assisting abused children through the help of certified therapy "pit bull" type dogs. By bringing the two together we can create a positive and healing environment through the human-animal bond. With this program we hope to show the resiliency of "pit bulls" by working to train them to conduct therapy work.

Volunteer: Therapy sessions take place with the children residing at The Hephzibah House in Oak Park, IL in 8-week intervals. We are always looking to expand our volunteer Dog & Handler Teams as every dog can bring something new to a child. If you and your "pit bull" type dog want to become a Dog & Handler Team with us, please contact programdirector@bickellfoundation.org to learn about the requirements and certification needed to work with us.


  • Child Welfare
  • Community Outreach
  • Animal Care / Handling

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Orientation or Training
  • 6 consecutive Sundays
  • Must own a "pit bull" type dog that works well with children and adults. All dogs must be fixed.
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