According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more then 50% of nursing home residents have no close relatives, and 46% have no living children. These two facts are a major reason why an estimated 85% of nursing home residents never have visitors. If you find these to be disturbing statistics, you can help! Everyone with any type of friendly pet is encouraged to join our team of volunteers. A therapy pet doesn't need to be perfect as far as obedience is concerned, but they do need a solid friendly temperament and an ability to shine in various situations.
Therapy Pets Unlimited does not discriminate against any species or breed. If the pet can pass our evaluation, it can be a therapy pet.
Therapy dogs are dogs who go with their owners to volunteer in settings such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.
From working with a child who is learning to read to visiting a senior in assisted living, therapy dogs and their owners work together as a team to improves the lives of other people.
Therapy dogs are not service dogs. Service dogs are dogs who are specially trained to perform specific tasks to help a person who has a disability. An example of a service dog is a dog who guides an owner who is blind, or a dog who assists someone who has a physical disability. Service dogs stay with their person and have special access privileges in public places such as on planes, resautrants, etc. Therapy dogs do not have the same special access as service dogs.
It is unethical to attempt to pass off a therapy dog as a service dog for purposes such as flying on a plane or being admitted to a restaurant.