General Info / Articles of Interest
Therapy Dogs are used for the benefit, both physical and emotional, of people in hospitals, seniors' residences, nursing homes, day care centres, special needs schools, psychiatric hospitals and many other places where people may be restricted from having pets. The medical profession has widely acknoweledged that stroking and petting animals can have a calming effect, lower blood pressure, and relieve tension.
Just about any dog of sound temperament can become a Therapy Dog. However, certain capabilities must be demonstrated such as accepting a friendly stranger, staying calm, sitting on command, and reacting well to other dogs and/or distractions.
- MISTY'S JOURNEY: a Therapy Dog's Journey to the Heart of Palliative Care Chronicles the compassionate work and lessons learned of a newly certified Therapy Dog assigned to a Palliative Care Unit. (NEW - Added 30 Nov 12)
- A Meaningful Activity for You & Your Animal Companion by Susan Dunn, MA, The EQ CoachTM
- Volunteer and Take Your Dog With You
- Therapy Dogs By Ruth Bird
- The Growing Use of Pets as Therapy by Lisa Scott
- Dogs And Pets Provide Health Benefits by Robert Benson
- How A Therapy Dog Can Help You Heal by Maryann Mannax
- Please Read To Me M interviews Sofie, a literary assistance dog By M, with assistance of Rose Kapp
Above Photo: Bralex's Dark Winter's Dream "Peggy Sue"
Qualified through St. John Ambulance and works in several
nursing homes and with children with disabilities. Her temperament
is wonderful and she is a true Therapy Dog in her affection for people.
Courtesy of: Bralex Perm. Reg'd. Labrador Retrievers
Associations & Organizations:
(Listed in alphabetical order.)
- The Canadian Foundation for Animal-Assisted Support Services
1010 Polytek St., Unit 14
Ottawa, Ontario, K1J 9H9
Toll Free: 1-888-473-7027
Website address: www.cf4aass.org
Vision Statement: Our vision is to be the philanthropic leader that sustains the innovation, coordination, and integration of Animal-Assisted Support Services within Canada's health-care, social service, and justice sectors in order to improve the quality of life of people with physical, emotional, and social challenges.
Mission Statement: Our mission is to improve the health and quality of life of people with physical, emotional, and social challenges through partnerships with companion and service animals.
- East Central Therapy Dogs
Located in Peterborough, Ontario and consisting of approximately 60 volunteer members who visit nursing and retirement homes in Peterborough, Minden and Haliburton, VON daycare centres, Community Living centres, local group homes and both locations of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre.
- Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA)
A non-profit organization and affiliate of the International Delta Society. The ITA specializes in providing animal-assisted therapy in the areas of physical, occupational, speech and psychotherapies, as well as special education. Volunteers are trained to provide pet-facilitated therapy in hospitals, schools, mental institutions, nursing facilities, detention homes, extended care centers, and other care-giving facilities.
- Ottawa Therapy Dogs Inc.
Ottawa Therapy Dogs Inc. is a volunteer-based organization providing animal-assisted activities and therapy with our members' registered therapy dogs. We are a registered charity serving the National Capital region and Ottawa valley. Our members visit long term care facilities, hospitals, children's treatment centres, summer programs, mental health centres, schools and libraries, and where they are most needed.
- P.A.T.S. Pacific Animal Therapy Society
Operates as an active animal therapy program on southern Vancouver Island. Volunteers with pets regularly visit various levels of care in hospitals, homes, institutions, and schools. We participate in community events, parades, fairs, and displays. Our Pet Loss Support Line offers emotional support. New program, Paws & Tales, involves reading with pets in schools & libraries. Speakers are available to explain benefits of human / animal relationships.
- Pacific Assistance Dog Society
PADS' mission is to raise and train dogs for people who are facing the daily challenges of life with a disability other than blindness, in order to provide a greater level of independence and an enhanced quality of life. Serving people in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
- Pets and Friends
Pets and Friends is BC's oldest pet visitation program and is now celebrating its 25th year of operation. Serving the Lower Mainland area of British Columbia.
- Therapeutic Paws of Canada A volunteer based therapy dog visitation programme for senior's facilities such as retirement homes, nursing homes, Alzheimer day away centers, hospitals and where there is a need.
Excellent selection of books available from Dogwise.com on the subject of Therapy and Service Dogs.
Note: We are always in need of articles, stories, poems, etc. for the Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website. Submissions are welcome and encouraged. Please feel free to contact us.
If you are part of a working dog group and would like to be listed here, simply email us with the details at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be pleased to include your information.