The St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program builds on our proud tradition of community service by bringing the benefits of pet companionship to both children and adults that are hospitalized, adults residing in long term care facilities, children struggling with reading, adult and child victims of trauma and crime, students stressed from school challenges and individuals in homeless shelters. 
The St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program builds on our proud tradition of community service by bringing the benefits of pet companionship to both children and adults that are hospitalized, adults residing in long term care facilities, children struggling with reading, adult and child victims of trauma and crime, students stressed from school challenges and individuals in homeless shelters. 
 
St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs are part of a team consisting of a volunteer handler and their pet companion dog.  These teams have undergone screening for suitability that includes criminal record checks, references, dog evaluations and canine vaccinations.  The handlers are volunteers that dedicate their personal time to bring the companionship of a dog to those that would benefit from some comfort and touch from a canine. 
 
Therapy Dogs can help meet the need for physical touch as stroking and touching a dog has been proven to lower blood pressure, calm people who are agitated and refresh the mind of those who are confused. Dogs are completely accepting of people: they do not make judgments about a person’s looks, nor are they offended by what people might say to them. They offer unconditional affection. 
 
In 2020-21, our club agreed to sponsor 5 dog/handler teams.