THERAPY DOGS are trained to provide affection, comfort and love to a wide variety of people in facilities such as hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, libraries, hospices, shelters, schools, libraries, disaster areas and physical therapy centers. Through the unique animal-to-human bond, visitation from a therapy dog can brighten a person’s day, lift spirits, reduce anxiety or stress and help motivate people through treatments.
A therapy dog visiting a facility is always accompanied by their handler. Therefore, our therapy dog program is as much for the handler to learn proper handling etiquette as it is for the dog to learn manners.
Therapy dogs are not covered or protected under the Federal Housing Act or Americans with Disabilities act. They also do not have public access rights with the exception of being granted permission to visit the individual facilities they are working in.
Therapy dogs are not to be confused with service dogs or emotional support dogs. Service dogs are trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities and are considered working animals, not pets. Emotional Support Dogs are prescribed by licensed mental health professionals to provide therapeutic support to persons with mental illnesses.