Nature Coast Therapy Dogs was started in 2011. We began as a very small group that has grown over the past four years. We now number nearly 30 teams, many of which are “snowbirds” that travel from the cold North to enjoy Florida’s winter sunshine and outside activities.
Our mission is not only to bring some sunshine to those who are in nursing homes or hospitals, but so much more. We are presently working with a local hospital in its Stroke Clinic to help recent stroke victims rehabilitate. We visit children in schools to help educate them about dog safety and responsibility of dog ownership; we also offer reading programs. We visit daycare centers, have a presence at funeral homes, and offer classes for basic obedience. One of the more important programs we offer is Courtroom Dogs for Kids – our dogs help children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected and are presently in “the system”. The dogs not only go through the therapy sessions with the children, they also are available (after specialized training) to go to court with these children, should that become necessary.
We hope you will take the time to wander through our pages, and maybe even join our group. We’re always open to new members!! Please feel free to call our office to request more information on NCTD or having a program at your school or after -school group.