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National Capital Therapy Dogs

NCTD provides animal-assisted therapy to people in health facilities, shelters, schools and libraries.


AREA - D.C., Maryland, and Virginia

AGE RANGE - All ages



What is NCTD?


NCTD provides a full range of therapy services to its approved facilities. NCTD volunteers visit medical and psychiatric patients, stroke and trauma clients, residents in facilities for the elderly, palliative care patients, victims of domestic violence, homeless families and troubled teenagers.


They also have an active R.E.A.D. Program which encourages children to read to our dogs in order to improve their reading motivation, fluency and confidence.


How do I volunteer?


NCTD is set up as a volunteer program for people with dogs (and some cats) who want to train them as therapy animals. The information for volunteers appears here, and their calendar of events is here. Volunteers must have an animal (usually a dog) and undergo training to provide appropriate therapy.


Younger children can participate by reading to dogs through the R.E.A.D. program.


If you have a pet and would love to provide therapy to patients, this may be a great opportunity for you!



Feel free to share extra information and personal experiences in the comments below, or head over to the forum!

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