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Therapy Dogs

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.

Bralex's Dark Winter's Dream - Peggy Sue
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: 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.

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