In the News: Therapy Dogs – Helpers of Society

Photo retrieved from The National Capital Therapy Dogs, used via a Creative Commons license.

Photo retrieved from The National Capital Therapy Dogs, used via a Creative Commons license.

In today’s society, individuals with special needs and disabilities find the use of a Therapy Dog to be an essential role in their lives.  These four-footed furry animals help in terms of guidance, comfort and companionship. The links provided below, will give an overview of how these animals provide a source of comfort and assistance for each person’s needs.

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Photo retrieved from mediapoondi.com used via a Creative Commons license.

Photo retrieved from mediapoondi.com used via a Creative Commons license.

NEW! Cesar’s Therapy Dogs

http://www.cesar.com/therapydogs/#welcome

This website, acquired by Google, gives users a glimpse of Therapy Dogs and what they have to offer.  Users can read about Cesar dog products commitment to dogs by donating funds to support Therapy Dogs to assist individuals in need.  Additionally, a person can submit their own personal dog therapy story as well.

The Cesar’s Therapy Dogs link above and photo has a video introducing these canine heroes.

Photo provided from Pet Partners, used via a Creative Commons license.

Photo provided from Pet Partners, used via a Creative Commons license.

Pet Partners (Find it on ipl2)

http://www.petpartners.org/

This website provides links and resources to find information about Therapy Dogs along with sources on how to apply for a dog.  It also includes, information regarding donations, volunteering and creating memorial tributes.

Photo provided from Therapy Dogs International, used via a Creative Commons license.

Photo provided from Therapy Dogs International, used via a Creative Commons license.

NEW! Therapy Dogs International

http://www.tdi-dog.org/Introduction.aspx?Page=Children+Reading+To+Dogs+Video

This is a great resource that displays how Therapy Dogs used to help people with literacy.  These dogs will sit patiently while individuals which range from children o adults read them stories. This website also contains information regarding additional programs such as: hospice, libraries, shelters, nursing homes and home visits. The  Therapy Dogs International link above and photo has a video introducing special dogs.

Photo provided from Pets On Wheels used via a Creative Commons license.

Photo provided from Pets On Wheels used via a Creative Commons license.

NEW! Therapy Dogs, Inc.

http://www.therapydogs.com/

This source discusses the steps to obtaining certification for dogs that are eligible to become therapy dogs. Furthermore, this website also contains information regarding membership, donations and canine requirements of good manner, good health and testing for certification.

We hope that you found this topic of Therapy Dogs interesting.  Again, thank you for visiting the ipl2blog.

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