Ottawa Therapy Dogs was founded by the late Marilyn Benoit.
Read the story of her pioneering work here.
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Mission, Goals and Values
Our Mission Statement
Ottawa Therapy Dogs promotes an understanding of the values and benefits (enhanced physical, emotional and communication abilities) of the animal-human bond by offering a mutually beneficial and safe interaction with companion animals.
To provide quality animal-assisted activity and animal-assisted therapy programs in health care setting such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, mental health programs, nursing and retirement homes and day programs.
To coordinate, support, train and provide continuing education to therapy dog volunteers.
To promote understanding of the value and benefits of therapy dog programs through educational presentations and seminars to the public.
To establish and maintain a therapy dog organization, demonstrating stability with strong administration and leadership for members and the community.
© Ottawa Therapy Dogs, 2002-2010
Last Updated: December 16, 2009