"The program has expanded throughout the hospital and we now have 17 therapy dogs visiting everyday throughout the week. The dogs come in all sizes, breeds and ages but have one thing in common – an extraordinary empathy and patience towards our patients. We’ve recently realized that our staff are benefiting by the visits too. The dogs bring a comfort and calming influence to their busy workday." Debbie Schoch, Director Volunteer Services at RRMC.
"Caring Canines have volunteered at the St. Josephs Kervick Residence in Rutland Vermont for approximately 14 years. During this time, the care and companionship provided by the visiting dogs and handlers has been a well-loved and enthusiastically received. We consider Caring Canines to be one of our best-loved activities and as such, an invaluable part the activities program here at our residence." Michele L. Harris Resident Services Coordinator Joseph Kervick Residence
"Over the past few years the Caring Canines have been visiting our school. Each week the students look forward to sitting with the dogs and reading to them. The dogs are so attentive and gentle with them. The kids can come relax with the dogs, build confidence in their reading skills and enjoy a positive emotional connection. They are a highlight of the week for students and staff." JoAnna Surething, Fair Haven Grade School School Counselor, PK-4
"A generous thank you to each of the teams for their unwavering commitment and generosity of spirit.
The Caring Canines Therapy Dog Club of Southern Vermont brings our students a weekly opportunity to experience an unconditional connection with both the dogs, their handlers and each other.
Students interact in a very caring and communal way, making room for each other in a circle of sharing so that everyone has space to connect with the dogs.
Therapy Dog Thursday is a valued weekly respite, providing the space for joy and laughter as well as a thoughtful tactile exchange."
Duncan S. Snitkin, MS
Castleton University, Wellness Center Counselor