Who We Are
| Caring Canines Visiting Therapy
Dogs, Inc. is an all-volunteer, non-profit canine pet
therapy program serving the Boston area.
Established in 2001, we currently have over 100
volunteer dog/handler teams and serve over 60 facilities
on a regular basis.
The mission of Caring
Canines is to
provide exemplary volunteer visits with our dogs to
nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals,
schools and residential programs in an effort to improve
the quality of life and emotional health of those
served. All Caring
Canines visits are
free-of-charge. With committed, trained volunteers, Caring Canines is able to expand
the therapeutic role that our canine companions provide
for those in need.
Caring Canines has been
designated as a 501C3 tax-exempt organization.
Board of Directors:
Executive Director: Sandra Luikenhuis
Volunteer Coordinator: Gale Halpern
Treasurer: Sue Wartman
Scheduling Coordinator: Dorsey Arnold
Applicants Coordinator: Lisa Lewis
Clerk: Sue Pepin
Registration Renewals: Karen Stone
Reminders Coordinator: Jen Piliero
Entertainment Team Coordinator: Lucie Chag
Our program started as an informal group of handlers and their registered therapy dogs. We began visiting together and soon had a steady visitation schedule. We called our small program "Hug A Pet" as it seemed most descriptive of what we were offering with our four little dogs.
Here are our four founding pet therapists:
Trina, who was particularly fond of friends in wheelchairs