This doggy day care changes lives
Paws & Pause is a social enterprise. Our profits help fund our volunteer scheme, which provides people in recovery with employment and training opportunities.
Dogs are joyous, open-hearted animals: being around them can have an amazing effect on people who are going through a hard time with their mental health. Our day care centre is a place of unconditional love, for pups and people, and this therapeutic environment is ideal for empowering our volunteers as they gain key life skills.
So that’s our mission: to provide a dog day care service that’s socially responsible and supports people as they find their way into sustainable employment.
Not only does our social initiative support our volunteers, but it’s also good for your dog! With our large team of carers on-site, you can be sure your pup gets all the attention and love he/she requires.
A business built on social conscience and the love of dogs
Paws & Pause was launched in June 2019 by Grace and Jodie, after they worked together coordinating a Recovery Programme in Wandsworth. During this time, they bonded over their shared passion for the most beautiful creatures on earth: Ryan Gosling, and of course, dogs.
Both Grace and Jodie came from pup-filled homes, and had backgrounds in dog walking. They had always dreamed of opening a dog day care centre, and their time working in this area made them realise that there weren’t enough premium dog day care spaces available in London.But that wasn’t the biggest problem: they also realised there were no socially conscious day care options available either.
As life-long dog lovers, both Grace and Jodie firmly believe in the power of animal therapy to support wellbeing and encourage people to make positive changes in their lives. And they knew from their previous experience supporting people in recovery that animal-based employment opportunities were especially limited.
So, they combined their passion for social justice with their love of dogs, and set out to build a business where they could look after doggys and give back.
And Paws & Pause, London’s first social enteperprise day care, was born.