Our Dogs and Us
All dogs are temperament tested before being accepted into the program. Our standards are strict in order to preserve our excellent reputation. The dogs must be calm and confident in a crowded, institutional setting. During the test, we attempt to simulate situations which are likely to arise in a nursing home or hospital environment. Successful dogs and their handlers attend an orientation session before accompanying an experienced volunteer for their initial visit to their assigned facility where they are assessed on their ability to provide safe, therapeutic care.
Our mandate is to bring unconditional love of our dogs to our clients in long-term care, hospital, retirement residences and in VON Day Centres.