Certified Therapy Dogs
Because of their unique ability to reach out and love unconditionally, therapy dogs can lift moods and relieve anxiety, fear and loneliness. Just a simple touch can go a long way in restoring health.
Meet Nora. Nora is a golden lab retriever and certified therapy dog. She visits Altru every Monday morning, lifting the mood in waiting areas and spending time with adolescents in group therapy. Her gentle energy promotes the healing process by encouraging relaxation and calmness. She also has an empathetic ear for listening without judgment.
Meet Nora's Friends
Since starting the therapy dog program, Altru has added several volunteers to the mix. Meet our additional eight therapy dogs who visit regularly.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m scared of dogs. What if I don’t want to be around a therapy dog?
Therapy dogs sense who does and doesn’t like them. They understand the human vibe, and know who to approach and who not to approach. Therapy dogs will only visit patient rooms per the patient’s consent. Additionally, therapy dogs are always with their handler.
I’m allergic to dogs. Will the therapy dog make me sick?
The dander of therapy dogs is well controlled. The risk is very minimal.
What is the difference between a service dog and a therapy dog?
Service dogs are working dogs. They do not want to be touched because they have a job to do. Conversely, therapy dogs love to be stroked and snuggled.
My dog is really nice. Can I bring him/her in to visit?
Certified therapy dogs are not your average family pet. They go through extensive training to become gentle-natured in all circumstances. Beyond therapy or service dogs, we do not allow outside pets.