Walk this way – Dogster

What if you had cancer and were unable to walk or care for your dog during treatment? Or if you were physically unable to romp with your dog for 30 minutes? Therefore dog makes it up for Corinne Conover, her dog Sonny, and her organization Paw It Forward NY as they step in to lend a helping paw.

Corinne and her rescue dog Sonny wanted to become a therapy dog ​​for cancer patients and people with disabilities or seniors. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out when Sonny failed his audition twice. But of course, when one dog door closes, another opens, and Corinne decided they could help the same people by walking their dogs, spending quality time and taking care of their dogs when they can’t.

“We pick up the dog from the owner, take him for a walk and then bring him back to the owner,” explains Corinne.

To get this service, go to pawitforwardny.com and sign up. “We will contact them within 24 hours and schedule a meet-and-greet session and schedule weekly,” says Corinne. “It has worked great every time. We give the dog an hour for a walk and the owner an hour if she wants to.”

The 501(c)(3) nonprofit has been in existence for just over three years and covers the following areas in Queens, New York: Forest Hills, Kew Gardens Hills, Rego Park, Flushing and Astoria. In addition, it covers Long Island City and West Village, along with Gilda’s Club, a cancer patient community organization in NYC.

The service is free, but people can donate on the website to thank you, in honor of Michelle Helen Conover, Corinne’s sister who died of leukemia as a child.

Corinne says there’s a reason the word dog is spelled backwards. “Had it not been for my Sonny, we would never have been inspired to create Paw It Forward NY. He is my light and shining star. I meet so many beautiful volunteers, who are now friends, and we have a lot of fun together. We even have a kid-friendly program where parents, kids and I take long walks. It’s so much fun and the kids love it.”

Corinne hopes to get even more volunteers and members into the Queens community and go global with a chapter in London and places like Texas and Chicago. Her mission, along with Sonny, is “to spread our joy in helping people and animals.” For more information, visit pawitforwardny.com.

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