For years man has partnered with the dog.  

PAWS in CHURCH is a pet therapy ministry under the direction of the Health Ministry Team and Chari Zito. Chari Zito and her licensed therapy dog, Marco, and Paula Revay and her licensed therapy dog, Cupcake, volunteer to visit persons at home, visit church services and other church programs to enhance the well-being of our parishioners.

The benefits of pet therapy have been well documented and we are very blessed to have this service.

Contact: Chari Zito - or Paula Revay -

Meet our dogs!

Meet Marco!

We are so blessed here at RRUMC to have Chari Zito and her licensed therapy dog, Marco, volunteer their services to our congregation.  Marco is a Portugese Water Dog, his coat is hypoallergenic, he is calm and gentle.  Chari saw through accompanying a friend to her cancer treatments the value of a therapy dog.  When she lost her friend to cancer she wanted to have Marco trained so he could provide love and comfort to those who might benefit.


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Meet Cupcake!

Meet Cupcake, a three year old mixed breed who will make your heart melt! Cupcake was a Dick Goddard rescue dog. Cupcake was found with a crushed leg that was unable to be saved.  Goddard funds paid for all of her surgery and care. So many people were involved in helping Cupcake. From the person who found her, the vets, the volunteers at the dog kennel to her foster mom.

Paula fell in love with Cupcake as soon as she saw her at the Cuyahoga kennels dog adoption day. Cupcake was so sweet Paula decided they needed to give back. Cupcake is certified for paws therapy through the Bright and Beautiful Therapy dog program. Cupcake has also received the gold star good canine citizen award. 

If you want to talk about some way that Marco or Cupcake could be of help, please contact the Faith Community Nurse.