Our Story

Therapeutic Paws of Canada™ is a registered charity offering free therapy pet visitations. Currently over 500 volunteers across Canada donate more than 100,000 hours of time annually to the various programs offered.

It began with Judy Sauvé in Hawkesbury, Ontario with only six volunteers.  Launched on August 30th, 2002, Therapeutic Paws of Canada™ (TPOC) is a volunteer-based organization that provides therapy dog/cat visitation programs for senior’s, children, and youth.

In 2003 TPOC was granted charitable status (Registered Charity #86535 9350 RR0001) which permits the organization to issue tax receipts for donations.  100% of each donation is used to fund the expansion of the various programs in communities across Canada.  We are thankful for our long-standing supporters, volunteers and donors that allow us to have a huge presence in our communities.

The facility staff tell us that therapy pets impact the daily lives of many by helping to reduce stress, improve communication for those who struggle, lower blood pressure, and improve an individual’s emotional state.

The organization is stewarded by an elected Board of Directors that oversee the day-to-day business and they are assisted by several Coordinators and Team Leaders in each community.  A team of qualified Evaluators ensures the temperament and suitability of the dogs and cats in the programs.  Therapeutic Paws of Canada™ is built on teamwork, cooperation, collaboration, and inspiration from our members and community partners.

Our call to action of “Paws With Love To Share” enhances the quality of life and health through the animal/human bond.

Members are included in TPOC’s insurance and must submit to a vulnerable sector police records check (VSPRC), reference check and multiple monitored visits prior to visiting on behalf of Therapeutic Paws of Canada.