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Our Story

We’re making London a better place one paw at a time

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Co-founders Jodie & Grace

Paws & Pause was launched in June 2019 by Grace Beards and Jodie Larsen.

Grace and Jodie met working for a homeless charity, where they became frustrated by the severe lack of sustainable routes into employment for people in recovery. They noticed that animal-based employment opportunities were especially limited.

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. So, they set out to build something that would provide this opportunity: and Paws & Pause, London’s only social enterprise doggy day care, was born.

At Paws & Pause, we believe in a world where the unconditional love of dogs can help people learn key life skills. Our centre is a place of positive wellbeing – for dogs and the people who care for them. In fact, when it comes to doggy care, we’re leaders of the pack.

Our big team of volunteers gives us a high dog-to-human ratio, meaning your dog gets all the attention and cuddles they could want.

And, as life-long dog lovers, nobody knows a wagging tail like we do. We understand just what to do to make sure your faithful friend comes home happy. So, you can rest assured that we’re taking care of your dog – while we’re also taking care of your community.

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