Our organization has a heart for those in need of some love from our Bonafide Therapy Dog teams.
We are supported through annual membership dues, donations, and events.
We visit hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, cancer centers, libraries, schools, hospice and where ever we are needed. The dogs recognize that patients at a lot of these facilities are lonely, as well as scared, so the interactions with our Bonafide Therapy Dogs help to transform a life of discouragement, fear, and sadness into one of happiness, hope, and love.
We offer positive training methods that are reinforced to ensure you, and your dog succeed at all levels!
While we are serious about what we do, we always make your learning experience with us fun. Check out all the smiles on our gallery page!
Know the difference between the dogs...
Service Dog vs. Therapy Dog vs. Emotional Support Dog.
Many people who see our Therapy Dogs dressed in their vests think that they are service dogs. We get a lot of questions from people in the community about the difference between a Service Dog, and a Therapy Dog.
Service Dogs are specially trained for a specific person’s needs. There are guide dogs for the blind, seizure alert dogs for epileptics, allergen sniffing dogs for people who are deathly allergic to certain things, like peanuts. Service dogs can go anywhere that their handler goes – into stores, on public transportation, etc., as long as the dog is clean and well-behaved. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines service dogs and their access to public spaces. Ask us about our Service dog Training!
Therapy Dogs are invited into a facility or event to provide therapy to people other than their handler. They go into nursing homes, hospitals, pediatric facilities and schools to provide therapy and education to the patients and students.
Emotional Support Dogs are not trained to perform specific tasks related to their owner’s disability. They are not Service Animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
It is important to note that a Therapy Dog has no rights to enter an animal restricted area (grocery store, public transportation, etc.) and are only allowed where they are invited to visit.
Therapy Dogs are not protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
They do not wear their vests for the personal needs of their owner. A visit from one of our Bonafide therapy dog teams can break the daily routine, increase overall emotional well-being, and stimulate the mind in dramatic ways.