Would you like a certified therapy dog to visit your organization, school, institution, community group or in home/hospice patient?
Many facilities have opened their doors to Therapy Dog visits. Alliance of Therapy Dogs, who the Center is associated with, thoroughly screens handlers and their dogs and puts each team through a multi level exam to assure ability and temperament of both the dog and the handler. Volunteer pet therapy dogs do not "provide assistance" for a disability, but instead offer love, affection and stress relief with their wagging tails and trusting eyes. Research shows that positive interactions with animals can benefit the health and wellbeing of people in hospitals by increasing endorphins, oxytocin, prolactin and dopamine. These are the hormones associated with blood pressure regulation, pain relief, stress relief and joy. Visits from Therapy Dogs help to normalize stays away from home, improve motivation to participate in treatment protocols and lessen worry, anxiety, unhappiness and pain.
Our Therapy Dog program is run by executive director Janet A. Goldstein who has 35 years working with social service organizations which many of those years were using therapy dogs. She along with her standard poodle girl, Frankie, are a certified Alliance of Therapy Dog team. Along with other certified teams she will work to bring you the services you or your organization are requesting. Each team is fully insured by Alliance of Therapy Dogs.
This is a volunteer service offered by the Brattleboro Pastoral Counseling Center, Janet, and other Therapy Dog teams.