Our Mission

Therapy Dogs United, Inc. inspires physical and emotional healing through the use of interactive animal-assisted therapy and humane education.

We have a proven track record of success. Every volunteer representing Therapy Dogs United is personally committed to make sure your visit is pleasant, relaxing, and memorable.

Visits by our certified team of therapy dogs is available to any Member Agency that can benefit from our care. We only visit public facilities, not private residences.

Therapy Dogs United identifies each therapy dog, and his or her volunteer handler, as a "therapy dog team." On average, you can expect a typical visit to last 40 minutes to one hour. Some programs require visits made by more than one therapy dog team. We are proud to honor all visitation requests. Most scheduled visits take place in a community room where interested patients or residents have gathered - or are visits are made room-by-room.

Our agency is proactive...and we show it by working hard to make a difference in every life we touch. A therapy dog certified through Therapy Dogs United is easily identified in the community - and on the job - by our signature blue embroidered vest. We require each volunteer handler to undergo the Act 33 Pennsylvania Child Abuse background check, and wear a photo identification badge.

What If Our Therapy Dog Visit Isn't Pleasurable?

While our team of dedicated volunteers strive to make a therapy dog visit the most pleasurable experience possible ~ and it is highly unlikely an unforavorable incident may arrise ~ we cannot predict the future.  If you or your workplace have an unfortunate experience, please report it immediately to our office by calling (814) 456-3647.  We will assist you in filing an incident report to be reviewed by our management team.

Volunteer of the Year  


Nothing is Stronger than the Heart of a Volunteer.

And, we truly believe that.  Therapy Dogs United recognizes our "Volunteer of the Year" with a special award at our annual TDU Award Ceremony & Recognition Banquet.  This ceremony also honors our Volunteer of the Year nominees and other volunteers who stand out in our programs, services and community.  Our prestigious Volunteer of the Year Honoree is chosen by our past recipients.  Congratulations to our past Volunteer of the Year Honorees: Rebecca Shauffele, 2009; Tammy Baker, 2010; Susan Ferarro, 2011; Sr. Carolann McLaughlin & Sr. Rita Groner, 2012, Bridget Buzard, 2013.  (Shown: 2013 Recipient Bridget Buzard). 

Our 2014 Award Ceremony and Recognition Banquet is Friday, November 7, 2014 (Colony Pub Catering Facility).  To nominate an outstanding TDU volunteer, please download our Nomination Application and return it to our Erie office no later than November 1, 2013.  Mail to: Therapy Dogs United, Inc., 1940 West 8th Street, Erie PA 16505.