About Inland Therapy Dogs
Inland Empire Therapy Dogs, Inc. is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. We provide our services free of charge. Our dogs are highly trained, well-mannered, well-groomed and friendly. Our therapy dog-handler teams are certified, registered and insured by The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc., a national non-profit therapy dog organization. Our teams are experienced in many aspects of animal assisted activity and therapy.
We take our dogs to visit people of all ages in acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, senior living communities, Alzheimer specialty facilities and other healthcare settings.
Many or our dogs are further certified to participate in the R.E.A.D.® (Reading Education Assistance Dog) program that improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method – reading to an animal. Our R.E.A.D.® teams work closely with several elementary schools in our area.
We are invited to take our dogs to collleges and universities during midterms and finals to provide stress relief for the students.
Our organization sets up interactive and fun “pet a therapy dog” booths at various community events to increase public awareness and understanding of the therapeutic benefits of therapy dogs.