WOOF Therapy Dog Teams
provide affection and comfort to people with various needs in Central Illinois.
The WOOF Theme Song!
That's right! WOOF has it's very own theme song, created by the musical talents of our members Jan Winkler and Gail Strunk. Start your journey of learning more about WOOF Therapy Dogs with a delightful ditty you'll be humming all day.
2023 ATD Outstanding Member Award Winner!
Our very own JOY BELSLEY has received national recognition with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs Outstanding Member Award! Nominations were accepted from ATD members nationwide, and the list was narrowed down to only 3 finalist by a committe. Then, ATD members nationwide cast their votes. Joy has been a phenomenal advocate for the power of the human-animal bond of animal-assisted therapy. She embodies the mission of ATD "to form a network of caring individuals and their special dogs who are willing to share smiles and joy with people, young and old alike." Congratulations, Joy!
You can see a short overview (pictured here) announcing Joy as a the winner. However, to view the full nomination and get a true understanding of Joy's influence and inspiration to others, click the PDF file.
Are you interested in joining us as a volunteer? WOOF Therapy Dogs always welcomes new members. We are now accepting certified teams from Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD), Love on a Leash, Pet Partners, or Therapy Dogs International (TDI) as requirements for WOOF membership.
We have reading programs with schools & libraries, and we visit nursing homes, assisted living facilities, colleges during finals, and special needs facilities. We serve Peoria and surrounding areas.
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