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What We Do

Therapy Dogs of Rockland is an entirely volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization. Our registered teams of handlers and their dogs regularly visit hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, schools and libraries to bring the joy of human-animal companionship to everyone.


Long-established and reliable research shows that animals – especially dogs – have significant effects on humans’ comfort and well being. These are precisely our teams’ objectives: to provide companionship, relaxation, nurturing, entertainment, mental stimulation, and, at times, physical assistance.


Why do we participate in these activities? Certainly, it creates a more perfect bond between ourselves and our dogs.  But another, even more fundamental reason has been expressed by Martin Luther King, Jr: 


“Somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others.



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