What are Therapy Dogs?
Therapy dogs are a type of service dog highly trained to provide comfort to those affected by illness and injuries, and to promote physical and psychological rehabilitation.
Therapy dogs from Japan Rescue Association are the first therapy dogs in the world to be tested on the effects of therapy dogs.
We aim our therapy dogs to not only be the comfort for those in need, but to become part of a nursing and medical care program.
This is why we study their effects on the subject from various fields together with psychiatrists, universities, and medical personnel from the facility our dogs visit. Every year, we introduce the results of their effectiveness by holding a forum and presenting at an academic conference.
→ Therapy dog’s health effects
→ Where we visited in the past
From an abandoned dog to a therapy dog
We know the joy of contributing to society with our dogs, through raising and training, and dispatching our service dogs.
In disaster affected areas, the dogs can detect a missing person much faster and more accurate than a high-end machines. They can ease the tension and open a patient’s mind just by being there for them.
Whenever we feel like we have reached our limits, the dogs can easily overcome such limit, and they will reach out to us.
On the other hand, there are dogs that are subjected to a cruel treatment by humans as if they are trash. Most of these dogs end up in an animal control only to face their death.
We strongly believed that there must be a way to protect and save these lives.
If we could save these dogs from their ill fate and allow them to have a chance to become a service dog in various welfare institutions, we believe it’s a giant step forward for the dog’s happiness and to becoming a happier society as a whole.
Starting from our own Therapy Dog Medical Center, Japan Rescue Association continues to contribute to our society.