The PAWS for People annual conference and meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, 1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington.

The conference is titled “Healing Walks on Four Legs: The Impact of Pet Therapy,” and the keynote speaker is Bradford Cole, executive director of K9 First Responders Inc., a Connecticut-based critical incident mental health support organization. K9FR teams bridge the gap between a traumatic event and the connection to mental health services. Cole will explain how teams leverage the canine/human bond to help restore a person’s mental and

cognitive equilibrium following a trauma.

The conference features 15 workshops from which to choose; a FUN Zone, with pet-themed activities and crafts; and a buffet lunch. Workshop topics include “Pet Emergency First Aid,” “The Changing Environment in the Pet Food Industry,” “The Benefits of Pet Therapy in Hospice,” “The Impact of Pet Therapy on Dementia” and “Reading Dog Body Language,” Also offered are courses specific to pet therapy. PAWS for Reading training and how to become a PAWS pet therapy team.

Registration includes four workshops, lunch and other extras. Early bird registration is $55; cost is $60 after Feb. 14. There is a $5 discount for PAWS members.

For registration and more, visit or call 351-5622.