· What is Therapy Dogs International?
Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of
therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and
wherever else therapy dogs are needed.
· When was TDI established?
TDI was founded in 1976 in New Jersey.
· What type of dogs are used?
TDI registers all breeds of dogs. Some dogs have pedigrees, while others have been adopted from local shelters or are rescue dogs.
· How many dogs are registered?
Year 2012, about 24,750 dog/handler teams are registered with TDI.
· Where do the dogs volunteer?
We have volunteer dogs and their handlers in all 50 States as well as some in Canada.
· What are the requirements for joining TDI?
To belong to Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) all dogs must be tested and evaluated by a Certified TDI Evaluator. A dog must be a minimum of one (1) year of age and have a sound temperament. Each dog must pass a TDI temperament evaluation for suitability to become a Therapy Dog. The test will also include the evaluation of the dog’s behavior around people with the use of some type of service equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, etc.).
· What are the health requirements?
We require an continuously updated Health Record Form to be completed and signed by a licensed veterinarian.
· How is the organization funded?
TDI is a non-profit organization supported through annual membership dues. Donations are welcome.
· How is the organization managed?
A Board of Directors governs the organization under the leadership of Ursula A. Kempe, President, who is also directing the business office of the organization.
· How to obtain more information?
Our mailing address is: 88 Bartley Road, Flanders, New Jersey 07836; Tel: (973) 252-9800; Fax: (973) 252-7171; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org