Fairfax Pets On Wheels
The mission of Fairfax Pets On Wheels, Inc. (FPOW) is to provide companionship and improved quality of life to residents of Fairfax area nursing homes and assisted living facilities through regular pet visitation by trained volunteers and their approved pets.
Pet visitation has been medically proven to have a calming effect. Visits by trained volunteer/pet teams help reduce anxiety, relieve depression, lower blood pressure, encourage communication, and increase socialization. What’s more, touching animals helps chase away loneliness, depression, and withdrawal and encourages a meaningful connection to happier times.
Sponsored by the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging, FPOW volunteers and their pets have been licking loneliness since 1987.
With and without their four-legged partners, FPOW Speakers Bureau volunteers participate in United Way and Combined Federal Campaign appeals, community fairs, and other events throughout the year, sharing their knowledge of the program and the benefits of pet therapy, as well as their own personal experiences.
To schedule one of our teams for a meeting or event, just click this button and send your request.
The FPOW newsletter is published three to four times a year and features the latest news, volunteer team profiles, upcoming events, fundraising efforts and useful pet-related information. Click the button below to read the latest issue, and visit the Resources page to see all past issues.