Therapy Dogs United

Impacting the quality of life for thousands of children, adults & seniors throughout Northwestern PA and Western New York and Eastern Ohio.

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Therapy Dogs - Dogs Supporting People

Our therapy dogs provide the catalyst for positive change by motivating emotionally and physically challenged individuals.  We open dialogue with the abused, disabled, sick, lonely, injured, or depressed.  Our programs inspire learning and change - and include everyone.   Our dedicated team of certified therapy dog handlers are personally committed to bring joy and inspiration to every human life we touch.  It's not just our personal commitment  - it's our mission:  inspiring physical & emotional healing through the use of interactive animal-assisted therapy and humane education.

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Posts & News

UPMC Hamot Doga Event ~ Fun for All

Even in the most difficult of times, our therapy dogs and handlers know how to have fun!  On Saturday, August 1st our team participated in UPMC Hamot's Doga (yoga with dogs) event at UPMC Park.

COVID-19 Visitation Updates

As the world-wide coronavirus pandemic continues to restrict our nation and our planet,  we remain optimistic we will soon be able to share your dogs love with our faithful friends and clients in the not-so-distant future. 

Today we were notified that the Erie County Public Library system is working toward a reopen date.   Our local nursing homes continue to welcome therapy dog video chats and walk by parades.  School districts and colleges are on the path to reopening in the Fall, and several hospitals say their new safety measures mean our therapy dog teams will be able safely return and bring smiles and joy to our friends in the foreseeable future.  We've begun conversations with courthouse officials on ways to develop a new COVID-19 visitation plan - and soon, our friends and supporters will be able to safely return to the public gatherings and activities that once united our human and furry friend community!   

While we still don't have a clear vision on when or what a face-to-face visit will look like, we can assure you that Therapy Dogs United has been working hard on modified COVID-19 policies and procedures and we are ready to adapt and overcome.  

Stay tuned, and we can't wait to see you all soon!


Erie County Jurors Help Team TDU

We would like to extend our most heartfelt appreciation to every juror and prospective juror who chose to donate their January service payment to Therapy Dogs United during the new jury management system trail run at the Erie County Courthouse.