Therapy Dogs


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Wylie almost falling off the bench as she asked for a belly rub from a student at the Assessment Center, Las Positas College, Livermore, CA.

How to Get Involved

If you would like to become a therapy dog handler or are interested in having therapy dogs visited your facility or program, contact—

Alliance of Therapy Dogs
P.O. Box 20227
Cheyenne, WY 82003

ATD Inc. will refer your inquiry to Patricia Wheeler, author of Successful Tails, or someone else who can respond to it.


Download PDF, “Therapy Dog in Running for Hero Award; Voting Online.” Independent Magazine, March 2016.

Download PDF, “Latest Public Art Piece Celebrates Canine Volunteers.” Independent Magazine, January 2016.

Download PDF, “Dogs Can Bring Smiles To People’s Faces.” Independent Magazine, November 2015.

Download PDF, “Cuddles For Comfort.” The Express, August 28, 2015. Vol. 27, Issue 1. COVER.

Download PDF, “Cuddles For Comfort.” The Express, August 28, 2015. Vol. 27, Issue 1.

Download PDF, “Therapy Dogs Help Those Who Are Grieving.” Therapy Dogs Incorporated Magazine, Issue 2, Volume 9, 2014.

Download PDF, “Senior Living Facility Celebrates 1st Anniversary.” The Independent, November 13, 2014.

View article online, “Should Your Therapist Be a Dog?.” Rochester Review, September–October 2014. Vol. 77, No. 1.

View article online, “Grieving Dogs Help Grieving People.” Bay Woof, October 1, 2014.

View article online, “Retired Livermore Educator Finds Second Career With Therapy Dogs.” San Jose Mercury News, April 9, 2014.

Download PDF, “After Two Tours in Afghanistan, Local Soldier Comes Home.” Lamorinda Weekly, March 12, 2014.

Download PDF, “The Wonder Of Therapy Dogs.” Josefa Higuera Livermore Chapter, February 1, 2014.

Download PDF, “Two Therapy Dogs Go to Doggie Heaven.” The Independent, January 30, 2014.

Download PDF, “Therapy Dogs Thank Our Troops.” Baywoof, November 1, 2013.

Download PDF, “Therapy Dogs Do Wonderful Work.” Baywoof July 1, 2013.

Download JPG, “Editorial: Special Group Of Volunteers.” The Independent, February 3, 2011.

Download JPG, “Therapy Dogs Honored For Service To Veterans.” The Independent, January 20, 2011.

Download PDF, “Therapy Dogs Awarded For Service At VA Medical Center.”, January 15, 2011.

Download PDF, “Therapy Dogs Honored For Service At The Veterans Administration Hospital.” The Independent, January 14, 2010.

Download PDF, “Dogs Help Lift the Spirits of Veterans.” The Independent, December 2006.

Online Media

Amador Tri-Valley Center (ATVC), winner of Anka Behavioral Health, Inc.’s 2014 ASTRA Teamwork Award for Northern CA.