About Therapy Dogs United, Inc.

Dogs Supporting People.

Therapy Dogs United is a 501(c) public charity operating solely on funding from public and private donations, fundraising events, charitable grants, therapy dog test fees and annual membership dues. We do not, and we have never, charged a fee for our services, nor do we receive payment for the therapy dog visits our volunteer handlers make. 

TDU was founded in 2008 by Patricia Christianson in Erie, Pennsylvania.  In 2021, our research-based programs and visitation services expanded nationwide.  We visit public locations only, either in a group setting or an individual session.  Every therapy dog visit we make is provided by a therapy dog team certified and registered through this nonprofit organization.  Our community service programs are offered throughout North America. 

Did You Know?  A certified therapy dog loves human contact and has no language barrier! Plus, medical science shows that interaction with a therapy dog can:

  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Promote physical healing
  • Reduce anxiety and fatigue
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Decrease depression  
  • Improve reading levels
  • Increase motor skills and movement
  • Improve social skills and verbal communication
  • Provide emotional support and stability

That's a lot of healing at the "paws" of  our certified therapy dog handlers.  Our team of volunteers work hand-in-paw with medical, educational and social service professionals, or one-on-one with a patient in need to provide support in any way we can.

Our certified therapy dog teams make regular visits to schools and learning institutions, hospitals, book stores, homeless shelters, senior living communities and nursing homes, hospice facilities, family service organizations, reading clubs, rehabilitation centers and beyond. 

Check out our Volunteer Visitation Calendar to see if a certified therapy dog is making a visit near you!

To schedule a public visit, please call (814) 456-DOGS or Email us.   

For more information, please see our FAQ page

We're eager to show you the calming and therapeutic effect that a therapy dog can have on your patients, clients, students or residents!  Woof!

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