One of IPOC's oldest and most important programs is Therapaws. Dogs and handlers must pass a modified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test to prove they have the socialization skills necessary to visit and interact with patients in nursing and continuous care facilities, and with young children in schools. These visits are conducted weekly or twice weekly depending on members schedules. Demand for these visits have far outnumbered members' abilities to provide time for them, so new Therapaws members are most warmly welcomed.
Therapaws members must be club members in good standing and the dogs must have been tested and observed for proper interaction with visitees.