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.

H.O.P.E. Animal Assisted Crisis Response
Several IETD teams are also members of HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response (HOPE AACR). These handlers and dogs are highly vetted and specifically trained and certified to interact with, comfort and encourage individuals experiencing the stress of crisis and disaster situations. 

H.O.P.E. Animal Assisted Crisis Response is a national organization that is dedicated to helping in areas of natural and man made disasters. We bring our dogs into evacuation centers, fire camps and school counseling offices. Wherever we are needed to relieve stress and bring comfort to those affected by disasters.

To request a HOPE Crisis Team, call 877-HOPE-K9s


VA Hospital/Loma Linda

A number of our members are veterans, so our visits to the VA Hospital in Loma Linda holds a special meaning for us. The dogs are always a big hit with the Veterans, and it’s a great feeling to leave them with smiles and a little joy.