What is a therapy dog?
A therapy dog begins as a loved and well-cared for pet that finds it has a calling in life to help others. These special canines are trained to give affection and comfort to anyone in need. Our screening involves direct observation of the dogs in a 12-weeks class, passing the CGC test at week 6, and testing on therapy specific behaviors. Each dog is friendly, confident, patient and gentle.
They are comfortable in a variety of settings and with a variety of people. Therapy dogs come in all sizes and breeds. Some of the facilities visited by therapy dogs include nursing homes, hospices, hospitals, elementary schools, grief camps, cancer camps, MDA Camps, and many more locations. Do you have a need for therapy dogs? Fill out our Event Request form and we will be in touch.
We believe fur therapy transforms people
We are a volunteer 501(c)(3) organization of dedicated therapy dog handlers and their dogs on a mission to share the unconditional love of fur therapy.
Fur therapy works
Mid-Michigan Therapy Dogs, Inc. (MMTD) otherwise affectionately known as “Angels With Paws” was founded in February 2005, by Carl & Lisa Jennings. The group started with 20 dogs and handlers. Today, MMTD has approximately 182 certified dog handlers and therapy dogs working in the field. Mid-Michigan Therapy Dogs, Inc. is always looking for qualified candidates to join their organization. The need at facilities continues to grow every day, so consider adding your canine angel to our ranks.
Making joy for one, makes joy for many.
Mid-Michigan Therapy Dogs, Inc. offers twelve-week training sessions in the spring and fall every year. We meet once a week and sessions include classroom instruction and field trips with a variety of interactions at various locations.