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Grade 1 Student reading to Zoe, Therapy Dog Therapy Dog and handler visiting residentTherapy Dog Zoe with handler Sylvia

Our Therapy Dogs and their handlers will visit anyone in Niagara Falls who would benefit from the regular petting and love of a dog, primarily children, youth and seniors, visiting residential facilities and hospitals to bring comfort and cheer under difficult circumstances.

Professional caregivers acknowledge that animals can help to break down the barriers of loneliness, despair and rejection. Therapy Dogs visit seniors’ homes, group homes, college & university campuses, residential facilities and hospitals to bring comfort and cheer under difficult circumstances.  Our Therapy Dog Program also includes a “Paws 4 Stories” Reading program where children build confidence in reading aloud through reading to our Therapy Dogs at schools, libraries or other facilities.

Please note that we do not train dogs to become Therapy Dogs, however you can bring your dog to our next evaluation session to identify if your dog is suitable for the program.

To find out more about volunteering or Therapy Dog visits call Marie Cutler at 905-356-7340 or email marie.cutler(at)on.sja.ca

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