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Organization: Ottawa Therapy Dogs  
Phone Numbers: 613-261-6834
99-1568 Merivale Rd, Ste 369
Ottawa, ON
K2G 5Y7
Hours: Irregular, call for details
Contacts: Lorraine Douglas - Administrator
Julie Davies - Program Manager/Volunteer Coordinator
Service Description: Animal-assisted therapy * therapy dogs and handlers work as part of a patient’s healthcare team to meet their goals through the physical, emotional and social benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) * Therapy dog teams visit healthcare facilities encompassing local hospitals, retirement residences, long-term care facilities, palliative care units, day programs, etc.

Reading Education Assistance Program® (R.E.A.D.®): literacy initiative offered in local schools and libraries * improving reading fluency while building communication and social skills, self-esteem and confidence

Fees: Membership - $40 for annual membership * annual associate membership (without dog) $20 (2018) * None - for healthcare/education facilities * Evaluation fees for volunteers, $25 (2018)
Application: Volunteers: Attend one of three mandatory information sessions : March, June and September. Application forms available on the website. A mandatory orientation held in September followed by evaluations scheduled in Fall/Winter. A Police Records Check (Vulnerable Sector) completed within the past 12 months and references required after successful evaluation. New teams complete a shadowing and mentoring process prior to beginning regular visits alone. A commitment of weekly, fortnightly or monthly visits required. Teams with weekday availability are in high demand, but evening/weekend placements are possible.

Facilities: To request a team, please contact Ottawa Therapy Dogs directly to discuss requirements and set up a site assessment. Although there is a waiting list of facilities that have requested a team, we do our best to match our volunteers with facilities based on a number of factors.
Eligibility - Population(s) Served:

Volunteers with dogs: Individuals 18 and over and their dogs are evaluated as a team against specific test requirements. Dogs must at least two years old and youngerr than 11 years at time of evaluation. Proof of rabies is required. Animals on raw food diets precluded from becoming therapy dogs. Subsequent annual check-ups with veterinary confirmation of health records, including up-to-date vaccinations and specific testing.

Volunteers without dogs: can contribute their skills and experience as associate members in areas such as event planning, marketing, communications, project management, etc..
Languages: English ; French
Language Note: some handlers
Area(s) Served:

This information was last completely updated on March 7, 2018

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Updated March 7, 2018
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