Therapy Dog Organizations in New England
The Pets and People Foundation - Eastern Massachusetts
Founded in 1985 by a group of public health professionals and veterinarians with the objective of improving life for those institutionalized for whatever reason, and whether they were old or young. Volunteers and their pets visit facilities in more than 30 cities and towns in Massachusetts. This group offers Orientation Sessions for prospective volunteers. Each dog is screened by an experienced dog trainer to determine if the animal is suitable for the program, and a seminar on pet visitations is given to volunteers.
- DOG B.O.N.E.S. Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts
Dog B.O.N.E.S. - Dogs Building Opportunities for Nurturing and Emotional Support - is a Massachusetts based volunteer organization whose primary purpose is to provide well trained, affectionate, obedient, registered and insured therapy dog teams (dog and handler) for visitation to nursing facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, and any other Massachusetts location where they may provide therapeutic contact with the elderly, the disabled, or the young. This group offers workshops designed to educate the human member of the team and expose obedience-trained dogs to medical settings. FMI: email@example.com, 781 378-1551
- Caring Canines Visiting Therapy Dogs, Inc. - Greater Boston area
An all-volunteer, non-profit canine pet therapy program serving the greater Boston area. Caring Canines visits extensively within the route 95 corridor, north to Reading and Stoneham, west to Sudbury and Natick, and south as far as Needham. The main visitation program consists of scheduled group visits with an average of 4 to 6 dogs at assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, and residential group homes, including facilities serving children and adolescents. They also have a number of special programs. All visits are offered free of charge as a community service.
- Capering Canines of Cape Cod
A canine musical freestyle group that performs musical routines, cute tricks, and visits with registered therapy dogs.
Companion Animal Program of Cape Cod
This program seeks to enhance the quality of life of the older and disabled population. They provide dog training, evaluation, orientation, and set up a visitation schedule.
- Pawprints Dog Visitation Program - Children's Hospital, Boston
There is usually a wait-list to participate in this program. FMI: Pawprints coordinator, 617-355-6279
- The Tails of Joy - Connecticut
Tails Of Joy is an Animal Assisted Therapy group established in 1995 based in the Manchester, Connecticut area. They provide support, training and education to those interested in animal therapy programs and build connections between volunteers, facilities and individuals seeking animal therapy. Their members make visits to Children's Facilities, Nursing Homes, Rehab Centers, and School Systems for all students, including those with special needs. This group is an Affiliate Member of R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs), a Program of Intermountain Therapy Animals.
- The Canine Company - Albany NY area
A service group which is part of Albany Obedience Club, dedicated to visiting hospitals, nursing homes, and elementary schools with well-behaved, well-mannered, friendly dogs.
Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital - Salem, NH
Northeast Rehab Hospital has a very active Animal Facilitated Therapy Program. The program uses volunteers and well-screened, highly-trained animals. Animals are used within the context of traditional treatment sessions with physical, occupational and speech therapists. Additionally, the animals also make social visits to patients. FMI: 603-893-2900
Therapy Dogs International, Inc.
Therapy Dogs International (TDIŽ) is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of
therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and
wherever else therapy dogs are needed. Each dog must pass a TDI temperament evaluation for suitability to become a Therapy Dog. There is a list of upcoming tests on their website. FMI: Therapy Dogs International, Inc., 88 Bartley Rd, Flanders, NJ 07836; Phone 973 252-9800 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Pet Partners Program
Pet Partners, formerly Delta Society, is a non-profit organization that helps people live healthier and happier lives by incorporating therapy, service and companion animals into their lives. Their therapy animal program trains volunteers and evaluates volunteers with their pets so they can visit patients/clients in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice and physical therapy centers, schools, libraries and many other facilities. Phone: 425-679-5500
Therapy Dogs Inc.
This group is headquartered in WY but has volunteers throughout the USA. They provide registration, support, and insurance to their members involved in volunteer visits with their animals. Dogs must be friendly and pass a test of basic good manners. Participating dogs must be clean and well groomed, have trimmed/filed nails, clean teeth, be free of internal and external parasites, have an annual veterinary health exam, including proof of a negative fecal exam and current rabies vaccination. There are number of TDInc. testers in New England.
- Assistance dogs
There are three main types of Assistance Dogs:
- GUIDE DOGS for the blind and the visually impaired
- HEARING DOGS for the deaf and hard of hearing
- SERVICE DOGS for the physically disabled and/or mobility impaired.
Assistance Dogs International, Inc. is a coalition of members representing organizations and individuals training and placing Assistance Dogs. The purpose of ADI is to improve the areas of training, placement, and utilization of Assistance Dogs. They also set minimum standards and guidelines for the training of assistance dogs.
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Last updated: Jun-2016