Caring Canines is an all-volunteer group of owners and their registered therapy dogs. All visits are offered free of charge as a community service.
The main visitation program consists of scheduled group visits with an average of 4 to 6 dogs at assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, and residential group homes. The visits last about 30-40 minutes and take place in a community room where interested residents or patients have gathered together. In addition, Caring Canines has a number of special programs:
Our "Hug A Pet" division serves special needs classes in schools, and provides visits to residential homes for children at-risk, homeless shelters and hospitals.
The Caring Canines' Entertainment Team presents a dog show with tricks, skits and agility demonstrations once a month at Children's Hospital Boston.