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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Human Services

Mission: Canine Assisted Therapy, Inc.’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of children and adults by achieving specific physical, cognitive, social, or emotional goals through the use of certified pet therapy teams.

Results: In 2019 C.A.T. was a finalist in the Greater Ft Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce non-profit small business award. In addition, the organization received a Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency, as well as Proclamations from the cities of Ft. Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, and Oakland Park for providing bite prevention education in the communities. October 25, 2019 was named Canine Assisted Therapy Day by the Broward County Board of Commissioners in honor of the organization's 10 year anniversary.

Target demographics: Individuals with special needs, pediatric patients, isolated seniors, Veterans, at-risk youth, hospice patients and families, vicitms of violence or trauma, and many others

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 300,000 individuals in Florida

Geographic areas served: South Florida hospitals, shelters, schools, special needs facilities, nursing homes, hospice, treatment centers , courthouses, etc.

Programs: Our Read-a-thon program in schools serves children that have been identified as "at risk" or reading below grade level. Therapy dogs sit with children each week to listen to books read aloud which gives the children a chance to practice their literacy skills. The Performing Canine Magic Program provides therapeutic goals and interventions for veterans with PTSD, individuals with traumatic brain injuries or Cerebral Palsy, physical and occupational therapy patients and children on the autism spectrum. Animal Assisted Activities Teams help the elderly in assisted care facilities or senior care centers relieve loneliness and anxiety by interacting with the dogs. Therapy dogs also interact with Alzheimer’s patients. Bite Prevention Program educates children about the safe and appropriate way to interact with dogs. TeleDog Program provides pet therapy visits virtually.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Canine Assisted Therapy has made such a difference in so many lives! Every other week, they Zoom into our living room at YourLife of Coconut Creek which is a memory care facility. The volunteers share their story and brighten the residents day and leaves them smiling. So often the residents remember and reminisce about the pets they used to have, several were dog trainers and it is wonderful to see the change in the persons face and the happiness it brings. The volunteers are phenomenal. We are just so lucky to have these kind people and their fur children make such a difference in so many people.Since COVID 19, their Zoom visits are eagerly looked forward to even more than ever. Before this, the volunteers and fur children, did a dog parade here and the joy was obvious for all to see. Lori Bale is great each time setting up the visits and Elise Samet was super helpful getting us started with Canine Assisted Therapy. I cannot name just one special volunteer each time we do the Zoom because they are all wonderful. I look forward to when I can personally thank each of these angels for making such a difference.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Canine Assisted Therapy is a great organization. My dog and I have been a therapy team for less than a year. The events and visits we have been able to participate in are life changing. When you see a dementia patient light up bc your dog looks like the one her family recently lost or a sick child sit up and want to pet your dog, it makes you feel like your doing something special. I've had many dogs and have always wanted to train them to be a therapy dog. I'm glad I finally made the time commitment to go through the process. It has truly been a rewarding experience. And the fact that CATDogs helps us by providing continuing education and opportunities for volunteering is a great help for those of that don't have the time to search them out. They have even take on covid head on by pivoting to include virtual therapy via their TeleDog program.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Canine Assisted Therapy teams have been providing comfort to the families of Quantum House for years. They bring our kiddos smiles on some of their toughest days. We are so grateful to have them apart of our volunteer team because our therapy dog program continues to be one of the most loved experiences by our families.
Recently, Canine Assisted Therapy teams came from near and far to put on a pet therapy parade for our children. It was one of the most special days I have witnessed while being at Quantum House and it is still talked about months later! We can't wait to have them back. The pet therapy teams and staff members that make up this organization have so much heart that pours into this community. We are lucky to be apart of it!

5 CATDogRipley

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2014 I was looking for a Therapy Dog organization where I would be able to get my mini-dachshund Ripley to become a certified therapy dog, so we would be able to volunteer as a team in the community so I could share Ripley's sweet/fun personality with others. Fortunately for me after attending a Dog Bite Prevention class I was introduced to the Co-Founder of CAT Dog and after hearing about the organization Therapy Dog program, plus all the wonderful community support they provided in our community I knew this would be the right fit for Ripley, so I signed up for their orientation class and enrolled Ripley in their Therapy Dog Training course and mentorship program. I was so thrilled when Ripley and I passed and became a Certified Therapy Team and couldn't wait to get out into the community and volunteer with Ripley. It also felt great to be a part of such a wonderful organization as CAT Dog. They always have the best interest in your dog and what they will be most suited for. They are patient, well educated and are all about making sure it is a good experience for you as a team and for those you are interacting with. Over the years Ripley and I have thoroughly enjoyed our volunteerism with CAT Dog and we just love everyone there. They are constantly coming up with new ideas to support our community, finding ways to connect virtually, drive by Pet Parades, TeleDog and much more. If you are looking for an organization that cares about you and your canine I highly recommend CAT Dog. They are hands down the best in our community.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so glad that we adopted our beautiful Ivy from Peurto Rico a year and half ago, she is the best girl and we love her dearly. When we picked her up at the air port in Miami one of the volunteers with the South Floirda Golden Retriever rescue also volunteered at Canine Assisted Therapy with her rescue dog. I ran into Melinda again at a gathering of rescues, and she told me about C.A.T and that Ivy might be a good candidate because of her gentle nature. Fast forward a year later she passed all of her tests right before COVID 19 so we were derailed for a while but have recently started back up with some more events. I like the fact that all of the women who run the organization are trully amazing people who really care about what they do and the volunteers and dogs who make up the organization. During the pandemics quarantine they kept up positive emails about at home events that we could all participate in. I like that each event that I have gone to since the quarantine has been lifted have been well described and extremely well run. The amount of detail that goes into each event is evident in the descriptions about each event. Nothing is left for us to guess about, I really like that. I have volunteered with other organizations for many years and I would have to say that this group is extremely well run and organized and the best part a very friendly group to work with. This is one of the best things I have done and Ivy loves doing it, we are looking forward to being certified to work with kids one day, Ivy adores children!

4 Linda B.12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My dog, Jessie and I have been with CAT since 2013. Over the years we have had so many positive experiences from visiting hospitals, hospice patients, Camp Good Grief, supporting the students at MSD, along with our weekly visits to assisted living facilities and schools where the students read to the dogs. We have made many wonderful friendships through this organization and am very grateful to be a part of it.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering as a therapy dog handler for several years, starting out with another organization. I got to know some of the Canine Assisted Therapy (CAT) volunteers and saw how much more involved they were with our community. I decided to make the switch to volunteer with Canine Assisted Therapy...best decision ever. This non profit organization is one big family, we have a lot of fun while helping others and the staff truly cares about the volunteers and their dogs. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities and social activities that no other local therapy dog organization is offering. Because of Covid, my therapy dog has been very busy in virtual zoom meetings as well as greeting sick kids and isolated seniors at a distance with our fun car pet parades (see pics). I love that this organization did not shut down during the 2020 pandemic, it offered the volunteers and new TeleDog teams a new way to stay connected with those who needed our help, now more than ever.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Canine assisted therapy is a wonderful organization they go above and beyond to make sure both dog and handler are safe. Their intentions are honorable in everything they do. When you’re looking for an organization with heart ♥️ You need NOT look any further than canine assisted therapy “everyone’s choice”. My dog and I trained together she has her CGC BA MA PHD and has passed all courses to work with children and fingerprinted. I wanted to make sure after all that hard work that we chose an Organization that had as much heart as we did. Canine assisted therapy has a level of professionalism second to none.
They serve the elderly and the children who need them all you need to do is look at the pictures of all the people who love them! These are a humble group of people that know what’s really important that the reward is priceless and smiles are everything! Love comes on 4 paws but they make it happen ♥️

5 Teresa S.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love the ladies and doggies involved with this organization- they are creative, thoughtful and always puts the care of our volunteer therapy dogs first while providing support to our community through opportunities for therapy teams to share the love and joy of our own pets! My therapy dog, Rowan Mayfair, brings me so much joy that I want to share it!

5 Jahmila S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As someone who has volunteered with this organization with and without a dog I can tell you that I fell in love the first time I ran into a CAT team at my place of work. I saw how they brought smiles and laughter to everyone they encountered. Now that I volunteer with my dog I can say it’s the best feeling in the world to watch my dog bring so much happiness to others. She’s gotten people to talk who usually don’t talk. She just a magnet and draws people in. It’s brightened my life to help brighten others!!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Canine Assisted therapy has made a huge impact on all the patients i have seen them interact with. It is so amazing to see the difference that the animals can make with individuals of all ages and abilities, and expanding their reach throughout south Florida will only benefit everyone they encounter. Canine Assisted therapy rocks!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Canine Assisted Therapy, Inc. because the dogs happiness is their first concern and they are always open to listen and change things to improve. I have seen them turn volunteers away because the dogs were not enjoying the work. It's hard for handlers that really want to do it but their dogs don't. The staff is always available for questions and help. They are a wonderful fun group of people that love helping others.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate money every year to this organization because I see all the good they do and how passionate they are to their mission. I know my donations make a difference!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit extends comfort to those in need and utiliziing a natural resource, dogs. This is a great organization and I will always support it.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had other pet therapy organizations provide services to my clients but I will never use them again. Canine Assisted Therapy is by far superior both professionally and in the quality of therapy dogs they provide. I never have to worry about keeping updated information. They do it for me and we are delighted to be partnering with them!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Canine Assisted Therapy is definitely setting new standards in pet therapy. The programs that are provided to those in need are second to none. The dogs are closely evaluated and the volunteers are very well trained.

I love the fact that the dog is the main concern. No dogs are forced to do pet therapy if they do not truly enjoy the experience. That is so important for not only the dog, but for the people who are receiving the pet therapy.

Pet therapy organizations should all live up to the standards set forth by Canine Assisted Therapy.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first became involved with C.A.T. when friends got their dog (one of my dog's best buddies), who was released from the same organization my own hearing service dog was trained due to a minor medical condition, certified as a therapy dog and became volunteers; their "change of career" dog is an EXCEPTIONAL therapy dog. I was invited to one of their many educational presentations at a summer program and since then have witnessed the wonderful work they do and the difference and impact they have in the community.

From reading other posts, you notice a general theme... that C.A.T. has set higher standards, and frankly the standards that should be in place nationwide, for therapy dogs. They have very strict rules and standards for all their volunteers and dogs. Unlike other organizations with questionable standards, any dog wearing a purple C.A.T. vest is known and trusted in its ability and training because of their good reputation. They don't certify just any dog, and if at any point an already certified dog or human volunteer breaks a rule, they are immediately removed from the program because they take the safety of not only their dogs, but also the general public they serve very seriously. They make sure their volunteers are trained and are knowledgeable on all the laws, and they make sure that any place a volunteer team visits is safe for the dogs (and their humans).

In addition, they work hard at also raising awareness and educating the public about these wonderful dogs and the differences between service and therapy dogs, which is often mistaken for one in the same. They not only emphasize pet therapy, but also education as well which is so necessary and important. They encourage their volunteers and recognize the importance of what they do. Their work makes such a difference and has impacted the community very positively. They are always coming up with new programs that enhance their mission, and do/go where many have been scared to go/do. I cannot say enough great things about this organization and their volunteers.

I don't have a therapy dog, but I do have a service dog. I love partnering with them and helping any way I can because I feel it is so important what they do. They are honest, hard working, loving people and dogs... I have received pet therapy myself when I have been critically ill in the hospital. One time I actually started walking again with the assistance of a dog by my side, so I know the value of what they do... LIFE-CHANGING, MIRACULOUS, PRICELESS! And when I have been in need, C.A.T. has gone above and beyond for me, and that has no price.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Canine Assisted Therapy, Inc. sets their standard high for both the volunteer people and their dogs. People are trained and fingerprinted, dogs must pass tests. All are tested extensively on various situations that they are liable to run into so you are assured that the team can handle it successfully. I am proud to be a part of this group.
Linda and Scruffy

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My dog and I volunteer with this fantastic group. Both handler and dog go through testing and certification for safety of those we visit with. By doing this wherever we go they know they are getting the type of dog and individual they can trust. We work with children, handicaped individuals, hospital patients, nursing home occupants and much more. It always brings a smile to my face when I walk into one of the nursing home rooms and hear the person call my dog's name happily....and know they never remember my name! To me, that's proof that my little dog is doing her job well.
Linda and "Scruffy"

2 Shoshana R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Macy (my 3 year old labrador) and I became involved with Canine Assisted Therapy (CAT) in January. As an individual who has been involved with dog related organizations for many years, I feel that CAT is setting a higher standard for therapy dogs. Every Canine Assisted Therapy Volunteer team we have meet have been exceptional people and dogs! This group is some of the kindest people I have ever met! The group is wonderful in making sure you and your dog are comfortable and find the best placement match for you (nursing home, school, pack readers, etc). Canine Assisted Therapy is truly an Organization that makes a difference in many lives; Getting involved with CAT is one of the best things I have done!

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Volunteer and Board Member with Canine Assisted Therapy since its inception. This organization was established with the primary goal of being the most professionally run pet therapy organization in Florida...if not the Nation. I firmly believe this goal has been attained. C.A.T. serves so many different types of people. The sense of gratification from being a volunteer with CA.T. is tremendous. Our therapy teams have brought millions of smiles to thousands of people. The therapy teams are very well trained and tested to work with the different types of situations they provide pet therapy to. All volunteers must obtain a background screening prior to becoming a Therapy Team. The facilities that are served are provided with Volunteer Information Sheets that can help them during any type of inspection of their facility. C.A.T. knows where each of its therapy teams is volunteering at any given time and works with them in advanced training that will help them to be better volunteers. AND the dogs...well they are THE BEST! They have all passed their AKC Canine Good Citizen Test and then another internal test to ensure that they are suited to be therapy dogs. This organization is THE BEST!!! I would recommend it to anyone looking to give back to their community and to form an even better bond with their family pet.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the proud owner of the 2012 American Humane Association Hero Therapy Dog of the Year.

I only wish I knew about CAT when I had my puppy certified. CAT is incredibly organized and thorough in their evaluations and certifications. The staff has this perfect balance between knowledge and compassion. CAT oozes professionalism and never fails to thank their volunteers for a job well done.

CAT dogs are evidence that not all medicine comes in a bottle.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with other organizations, observed friends who are affiliated with other organizations, and find C.A.T. to be one of the best. C.A.T. executive members and volunteers all demonstrate a commitment to finding the right placement for the dog and his/her handler. This is of utmost importance for the benefit of both the animal and the people they are helping.

They also work with the groups being visited to insure all the proper documentation and background checks are completed. This allows a comfort level to both the visiting location, insures state laws are being satisfied, but most importantly insures those affiliated with C.A.T can maintain a comfort level when working with other individuals at various locations.

To insure the teams are always at the top of their 'game', they consistently offer ongoing education. This education covers everything from how to recognize signs in your dog to how to safely work within a given environment.

My dogs and I have been active with therapy for several years now. Nothing replaces the joy of watching an individual's face when they see the dog; whether it's a child reading to the dog at one of our Pack Reading events, a patient in hospital recovering, or an alzheimer's patient who has trouble connecting but experiences peace and a small memory from the feel and warmth of the dog. I truly appreciate the efforts made by C.A.T. to insure my dogs and I can continue to enjoy that warm feeling in an educated and safe environment.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have met with representatives from this organization in various community meetings. They are always very professional and are held in the highest regard in this community.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I want to be a part of this organization because of all the great work they do. I attended a volunteer orientation and found them to know their stuff, take it very seriously and now I want to be a part of this organization. They take the happiness of the dog into consideration. Other organizations do not consider the dogs happiness.

Jennifer211

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is by far the most organized, thorough, detailed, highly experienced, dedicated, and safest Dog/AnimalTherapy Organizations in the Country. Me and my dog volunteer for C.A.T. from Florida to Pennsylvania. I have trained my dog for 7 years and chose C.A.T. to certify her because of the highest standards in this industry. I always feel safe, prepared, relaxed and confident when visiting any facility with my dog, because I know I have the support from C.A.T. and she has been evaluated to the highest standards. C.A.T. volunteers are very knowledgeable and come from a vast background. We all as a group hold C.A.T. to the highest standards, and as a group, come together to place the organization in unique facilities. C.A.T. continues to grow by leaps and bounds and me and my dog wouldn't have it any other way. If you are considering a professional Dog Therapy Organization, make your first and last stop at Canine Assisted Therapy.

1 smann10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Canine Assisted Therapy, Inc. by accident at a dog show a few years ago. I had just had my two dogs tested for their therapy certification with another organization, but after hearing what Canine Assisted Therapy (C.A.T.) was about, I decided to have my dogs retested by them. They passed and became C.A.T. Dogs! Canine Assisted Therapy provides ongoing training and support for its volunteers which I never received from the other therapy dog organization. They also provide mentoring, followup with the facilities, and a much more intense evaluation than the other (international) therapy dog group. I like the personal attention that Canine Assisted Therapy provides to its volunteers (making sure you and your dog's needs and abilities match your facility), and to its "clients". I would definitely recommend Canine Assisted Therapy to anyone wanting to make a difference by volunteering with their well-trained, well-behaved dog.

1 Sarah84

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with Canine Assisted Therapy since it was founded in 2009 and I am so proud to be part of this fantastic organization. C.A.T.'s standards and values are based off of its passion to change lives and it demonstrates this passion through its hardworking and dedicated volunteers. C.A.T.’s high standards and testing ensure that the facilities we visit are receiving the best possible care and unconditional love from our pet therapy teams. I have seen life changing progress in the individuals we visit. One of the most touching experiences I have had volunteering with C.A.T. was when I was helping to conduct an evaluation at a nursing home. We walked up to an elderly woman sitting alone on a bench. Her eyes lit up when she saw our pet therapy team and she started tearing up from the experience. She then looked up at us and said, “this has been the highlight of my week, thank you.” It’s small moments like this that can create large impacts in a person’s life and this is what Canine Assisted Therapy strives to accomplish everyday.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked with many non-profit organizations and C.A.T. has been one of the BEST! They are professional, up to date with standards, and show a TRUE passion for what they do. They provide a service that lifts spirits, brings back amazing memories, and improves overall well being. C.A.T. is a part of our community and not only assit those who need pet therapy, they help universities with research projets. I cannot say enough about this amazing organization!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having been in Canine Assisted Therapy since its inception, I can attest to the fact that it is professionally run and the best organization of its kind, not only in South Florida but, I am sure, in the country. The dogs are well trained, well behaved and love what they do. The owners (the second half of a pet therapy team) are dedicated and professional. These pet therapy teams are background checked, follow strict guidelines and perform with tremendous dedication. I am so proud to be one of the Canine Assisted Therapy Teams!

Going into a nursing home and visiting people that may not have anyone else to visit them for weeks on end is so very rewarding. These elderly people are so grateful and the love the dogs share with them cannot be replicated. The children we serve are also blessed to be able to share their love with such well trained dogs. Performing pet therapy is a volunteer position where you get so much more than you give…and what you give is a lot of love. I would highly recommend volunteering with Canine Assisted Therapy. Give and you shall receive!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an owner of a doggie daycare in Fort Lauderdale, I have the distinct pleasure of enjoying the company of one of C.A.T.'s dog's in my facility for daycare. She is one of the most well behaved dogs when she is with us, and I can only think that her behavior is due to the careful training that C.A.T. has done on her. If the dog, April, is any indication of how these dogs behave after going through training at C.A.T., then any facility that welcomes these dogs are in great hands. April is a kind and sensitive dog and gives the best attention when she is around. I salute Debra and her team for such a great job on her dogs and hope we can have more of them at our facility in the future.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a trainer who among other things teaches and evaluates dogs for therapy programs. C.A.T. is my favorite therapy program because they think about how the dog feels doing their work. C.A.T. supervises clients with their dog, runs a class A program and brings light and love to those needing therapy dogs. Rose Lesniak C.D.T.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From my experience, C.A.T. should be the standard that all Pet Therpy organizations should strive to emulate. I have been a member and observed other organizations and find this one the best because of it's commitment to first and foremost finding the best fit for the dog both in the type of facility and the individuals to be visited through their testing. Second, they work with the groups being visited to provide the background checks of the handlers that are required by Florida law and setting up the visits that work best for the facility. Finally, they follow through after placing a team to offer the teams continuing education and being sure the facility is happy with their service and they are dedicated to teach children and everyone they come in contact with how to treat and respect animals. I have two dogs who are members and the experiences we have had are heart warming. We have personally watched children grow and show confidence in their ability to read through the Pack Reader program, felt the spirits and and overall emotional well being of individuals with Alzheimer's and other dementia and their families respond with recognition and smiles from touching and talking to my dogs. You cannot top the joy my dogs and I get from someone opening their eyes and lighting up at seeing us. We continue to work on trying to help individuals perform their therapy and giving all ages a little of what they need to be happy and successful in their lives. My dogs love their work!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son had been seriously ill and in the hospital for almost a month. During that time we were missing our Golden Retriever Wally that was at home with family members, but we were lucky enough to be visited by many of the therapy dog teams the hospital had to offer. Shortly after getting home, I was determined to get Wally certified and to bring joy to others like we had experienced. After researching many local pet therapy groups, I found C.A.T. Debra and Joanne are wonderful and the organization has made me a better person. They are professional,caring and supportive. I have volunteered with Wally is multiple settings, with the elderly and with children. I have also volunteered as a mentor to new teams. C.A.T. is simply the best!

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member of Canine Assisted Therapy, I am so proud to be involved with such amazing and dedicated group of people who have made Canine Assisted Therapy the top Pet Therapy organization in South Florida. Canine Assisted Therapy teams are evaluated, trained, and have ongoing education and guidance. Our teams are placed in already C.A.T. vetted facilities and are accompanied on first visits. This is vital because most organizations certify the teams then they are left to their own devices.
As a volunteer it is truly rewarding to watch the changes in the children in our Pack Readers program. Most children enter Pack Readers with an intense dislike of reading out loud and by the end of the year the same children are vying with one another to see who will be first to read aloud! Their fluency has improved and their motivation comes of a non-judgmental, loving dog, lying beside them listening!
The atmosphere is a little different in the children’s clinic where my dog also volunteers. The child who is screaming and fearful of injections etc. become distracted by the dog and begins to comply with whatever procedure is being given by the doctor. Then there is the child in a wheelchair who is motivated to move an arm to pet the dog. Always very touching!
Canine Assisted Therapy brings all this and more to our community. Volunteering with C.A.T. is a rewarding and humbling experience. It is a reminder just how fortunate we are to bring a smile to a child’s lips or comfort an adult who may be having a stressful day. All this takes place just by being there with my C.A.T. Dog!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Canine Assisted Therapy, inc. is the leading pet therapy organization in South Florida and setting the standards for service nationally. Over 100 therapy dog teams are providing services to schools, hospitals, physical and emotional therapy facilities, adult day care and nursing homes.

JJurgle

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My dogs and have volunteered with several organizations and canine assisted therapy by far stands out in all areas! Professional, fun, organized and super friendly. I highly recommend them.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started my role with Canine Assisted Therapy as a volunteer and eventually was asked to be on the board. This is my first experience being a "Board Member" in addition to being a volunteer. I have worked for many business which running a nonprofit is very similar and I have to say Canine Assisted Therapy should be in Forbes 500 for a company that is innovative, going above and beyond a typical Pet Therapy Organization. The structure and follow up, customer service, testing, evaluating all outstanding. I have grown so much as a person volunteering for the amazing organization and my dogs love the work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you are looking for one of the most reputable Pet Therapy Organizations, C.A.T. is the place that you have to go. Setting themselves apart from other non profits in the same field, Canine Assisted Therapy really stays involved in the work of their members. Supports them from the very beginning getting place into a desired place to serve, to troubleshoot and deal with facilities directly. Teams are placed strategically according to dog size and preferences, trying to make an excellent experience overall. All volunteers are put through a Level 2 Background Screening, protecting the safety of the children and adults recipients of C.A.T. services. Excellence in every aspect!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to CAT over one year ago and was impressed with their mission and selfless dedication to bring smiles to people's faces when they are most in need. The volunteers spent endless hours to make sure their dog is properly trained to visit hospitals, Rehab Facilities and Nursing Homes. I am a big believer in the healing and rehabilitative powers of a dog. But as with many great organizations passion alone will not let it grow to its fuillest potential. This is a group that I hope to one day see in every major city in the US. CAT is the most thorough organization when it comes to taking care or proper training of their volunteers and dogs as well as proper Back Ground check to ensure the safety and privacy of the individuals they have contact with.