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Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara To empower people to live more fulfilling lives through the human-animal bond.

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Happy National Pet Day from all of us at Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara!! On this special day, we'd like to introduce you...
04/11/2022

Happy National Pet Day from all of us at Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara!! On this special day, we'd like to introduce you to two, four-legged friends who are eagerly awaiting their furever homes, GORDO is a one-year old Shih Tzu/Terrier mix who adores people as well as other dogs and SNICKERS is a one-year-old male "orangie" who is as sweet as his name! If you're interested in adopting either (or perhaps both?!) GORDO or SNICKERS, please call Shelter Hope in Thousand Oaks at (805) 379-3538. They are open Wednesday-Sunday, 11 am-5 pm. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ #nationalpetday

Can you spot therapy dog, SUZY, in this photo?! ๐Ÿ˜…
04/05/2022

Can you spot therapy dog, SUZY, in this photo?! ๐Ÿ˜…

Since today is National Puppy Day, we thought it was the perfect time to introduce you to two adorable puppies who are t...
03/23/2022

Since today is National Puppy Day, we thought it was the perfect time to introduce you to two adorable puppies who are training to become therapy dogs with Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara! On the left is ELLE, a gorgeous Golden Retriever, who is named after the famous Australian supermodel, Elle Macpherson, and FRIDA (Bonita), a lovely Labrador Retriever, who is named after the famous Mexican Navy Search and Rescue Dog. Like their namesakes, Elle and Frida are both sweet and beautiful young ladies who will bring joy and smiles to so many in our community! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ #nationalpuppyday #therapydogssb

Today, we are honored to begin teaching a 4-week Mindfulness class to all the 7th and 8th graders at Lompoc Valley Middl...
03/16/2022

Today, we are honored to begin teaching a 4-week Mindfulness class to all the 7th and 8th graders at Lompoc Valley Middle School. The students (almost 900 of them!) will learn tools to help reduce stress and anxiety and increase focus and resiliency... such important skills to have in today's chaotic world! Each week, one of our wonderful therapy dogs will be on the Zoom call, and the students will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the benefits of the human-animal bond. ๐Ÿฅฐ #therapydogssb Would you like to support our work in Santa Barbara County? Please consider making a donation today and thank you for your support!! ๐Ÿถ

Several bright and eager 3rd graders just graduated from our ARF! (Animals + Reading = Fun!) program! Will you help supp...
03/14/2022

Several bright and eager 3rd graders just graduated from our ARF! (Animals + Reading = Fun!) program! Will you help support Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara, so that more children have an opportunity to read to our wonderful therapy dogs and become more confident, proficient readers?! Click on the donation button below to make a donation TODAY and thank you for your support! โ˜บ๏ธ #therapydogssb

This little cutie pie was just adopted by one of our volunteers and she and "Jazzie" are looking forward to becoming a t...
03/08/2022

This little cutie pie was just adopted by one of our volunteers and she and "Jazzie" are looking forward to becoming a therapy dog team with Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara! ๐Ÿ˜ #therapydogssb

This week, 75 bright and eager second graders graduated from our MINDFUL KIDS' class! Oh what fun we had teaching the li...
02/18/2022

This week, 75 bright and eager second graders graduated from our MINDFUL KIDS' class! Oh what fun we had teaching the little ones how to reduce stress and anxiety and increase focus and resiliency!! ๐Ÿฅฐ #therapydogssb

We are out in full force to support Make-A-Wish America Carey Bradshaw #therapydogssb #makeawishfoundation #santabarbara
02/11/2022

We are out in full force to support Make-A-Wish America

Carey Bradshaw #therapydogssb #makeawishfoundation #santabarbara

As a treat for all 5th graders at Adams School who graduated from our MINDFUL KIDS' program last fall, some of our thera...
02/11/2022

As a treat for all 5th graders at Adams School who graduated from our MINDFUL KIDS' program last fall, some of our therapy dog teams made an in-person visit to each of their classrooms. We don't know who had more fun... the kids or our dogs! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Happy National Golden Retriever Day from Buttercup!!! #nationalgoldenretrieverday
02/04/2022

Happy National Golden Retriever Day from Buttercup!!!

#nationalgoldenretrieverday

Sit. Stay. Smile! Miss Frida Bonita is growing by leaps and bounds and is working hard to become a therapy dog with Ther...
02/01/2022

Sit. Stay. Smile! Miss Frida Bonita is growing by leaps and bounds and is working hard to become a therapy dog with Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara!! #therapydogssb ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of beloved therapy dog, Miss Gracie, who passed away peacefully in...
01/24/2022

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of beloved therapy dog, Miss Gracie, who passed away peacefully in her sleep early this morning. She was 13 years old. Gracie was a retired breeder dog from Oregon who, in 2014, made the long trip to California in the back of a truck with a litter of puppies. What an experience for Gracie, who had never been away from her home in Oregon! When her soon-to-be human companion, Diana, first met Gracie, it was love at first sight for both of them! Within weeks of her arrival, Gracie had passed her therapy dog evaluation and she spent many happy years listening to children read to her through our popular ARF! program. She was the sweetest dog with the most gentle and loving spirit and she will be greatly missed. โค๏ธ

One of our newest puppies, Frida Bonita, is growing quickly and is looking forward to joining Therapy Dogs of Santa Barb...
01/08/2022

One of our newest puppies, Frida Bonita, is growing quickly and is looking forward to joining Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara this spring!! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ‘

All of us at Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara wish you a joyous holiday and a great start to 2022! (Pictured are therapy do...
12/24/2021

All of us at Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara wish you a joyous holiday and a great start to 2022! (Pictured are therapy dogs Buffy, Aye'la, and Willow.) ๐Ÿฅฐ๐ŸŒฒ

BUFFY made her debut this week as a therapy dog with Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara and brought holiday cheer to 100 chil...
12/22/2021

BUFFY made her debut this week as a therapy dog with Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara and brought holiday cheer to 100 children at a local elementary school! Congratulations, Buffy!! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜Š

In the aftermath of the devastating school shooting at Oxford High School in Minnesota, Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara ha...
12/09/2021

In the aftermath of the devastating school shooting at Oxford High School in Minnesota, Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara had the privilege yesterday of bringing much needed comfort and peace to nearly 200 students and teachers at Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara. With much gratitude to our participating therapy dog teams: Alea & Aye'la, Cat & Cali Cupcake, Diana & Gracie, Mark & Willow, Penny & Molly, and Stephanie & Riley! ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž

A BIG thank you to everyone who made a donation to Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara on Giving Tuesday! โค๏ธMany of you have a...
12/08/2021

A BIG thank you to everyone who made a donation to Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara on Giving Tuesday! โค๏ธ
Many of you have asked if you can send a check and the answer is YES!! Please mail your checks to us at:
Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara
PO Box 3534
Santa Barbara, CA 93130
Therapy Dogs of SB is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. Thank you so much for your support! โค๏ธ

11/30/2021

It's finally GIVING TUESDAY!

During the Thanksgiving season, many people choose to give back to their community. If you are looking for a way to give back to YOUR community, please consider a donation to Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara.

Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara is a small nonprofit with a BIG mission... To empower people to live more fulfilling lives through the human-animal bond! From mindfulness and literacy programs in our schools to mental health visits throughout the community, Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara are doing what we can to make Santa Barbara the best it can be.

While COVID has changed the way we offer our services to the community, it has not slowed us down! Please share and, if youโ€™re inspired to do so, please make a donation. No gift is too small!

https://therapydogssb.org/donate/

Thank you so much for your support! โค๏ธ๐Ÿพ

#givingtuesday2021 #GivingTuesdayCA #nonprofit

11/23/2021
Support Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara!

GIVING TUESDAY is coming up soon!

During the Thanksgiving season, many people choose to give back to their community. If you are looking for a way to give back to YOUR community, please consider a donation to Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara!

Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara is a small nonprofit with a BIG mission... To empower people to live more fulfilling lives through the human-animal bond! From mindfulness and literacy programs in our schools to mental health visits throughout the community, Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara are doing what we can to make Santa Barbara the best it can be.

While COVID has changed the way we offer our services to the community, it has not slowed us down! Please share and, if youโ€™re inspired to do so, please make a donation. No gift is too small!

https://therapydogssb.org/donate/

Thank you so much for your support! โค๏ธ๐Ÿพ

#givingtuesday2021 #GivingTuesdayCA #nonprofit #nonprofitorganization

11/22/2021

GIVING TUESDAY is coming up soon! Please support Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara, a small nonprofit with a BIG mission... To empower people to live more fulfilling lives through the human-animal bond!

While COVID has changed the way we offer our services to the community, it has not slowed us down! Please share and, if youโ€™re inspired to do so, please make a donation. No gift is too small!

https://therapydogssb.org/donate/

Thank you so much for your support! โค๏ธ๐Ÿพ

#givingtuesday2021 #GivingTuesdayCA

GIVING TUESDAY is right around the corner and we need your support for THERAPY DOGS OF SANTA BARBARA. If you don't know ...
11/20/2021

GIVING TUESDAY is right around the corner and we need your support for THERAPY DOGS OF SANTA BARBARA.

If you don't know who we are, Therapy Dogs of SB (https://therapydogssb.org/donate/) is a small nonprofit with a BIG mission... To empower people to live more fulfilling lives through the human-animal bond!

While COVID has changed the way we offer our services to the community, it has not slowed us down! We are still busy offering our services virtually and (safely) in person whenever possible.

Please share and, if youโ€™re inspired to do so, please make a donation. No gift is too small!
https://therapydogssb.org/donate/

Thank you so much for your support! โค๏ธ๐Ÿพ

#givingtuesday2021 #GivingTuesdayCA

11/18/2021
Giving Tuesday with Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara

This GIVING TUESDAY we'd love your support for THERAPY DOGS OF SANTA BARBARA, a small nonprofit with a BIG mission... To empower people to live more fulfilling lives through the human-animal bond! While COVID has changed the way we offer our services to the community, it has not slowed us down! Please share and, if youโ€™re inspired to do so, please make a donation. No gift is too small!

https://therapydogssb.org/donate/

Thank you so much for your support! โค๏ธ๐Ÿพ

#givingtuesday2021 #GivingTuesdayCA

Congratulations to therapy dog, BUTTERCUP, for being a Top Dog at the Carpinteria C-DOG Halloween event! Way to go, Butt...
11/05/2021

Congratulations to therapy dog, BUTTERCUP, for being a Top Dog at the Carpinteria C-DOG Halloween event! Way to go, Buttercup and Carey!! ARF! ARF! ๐Ÿฅฐ

Whenever Buttercup's mom sits on the couch, this happens! Such a loving therapy dog and BFF (Best Furry Friend)! ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž #the...
11/03/2021

Whenever Buttercup's mom sits on the couch, this happens! Such a loving therapy dog and BFF (Best Furry Friend)! ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž #therapydogssb

From all of us at Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara, have a happy and safe Howl-o-ween! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐ŸŽƒ
10/31/2021

From all of us at Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara, have a happy and safe Howl-o-ween! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐ŸŽƒ

Therapy dog in training, ELLE, is all tuckered out from a busy morning of playing. Time for a long nap! ๐Ÿ˜ด #therapydogssb
10/04/2021

Therapy dog in training, ELLE, is all tuckered out from a busy morning of playing. Time for a long nap! ๐Ÿ˜ด #therapydogssb

Another puppy has joined Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara and we are thrilled to introduce you to ELLE! This little sweethe...
10/01/2021

Another puppy has joined Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara and we are thrilled to introduce you to ELLE! This little sweetheart will soon begin training to become an ARF! therapy dog and she is looking forward to children reading to her! Welcome to our family, Elle!! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿพ#therapydogssb

We are SO grateful to KATE OTTRANDO, a graphic design student at Santa Barbara City College, for creating this beautiful...
09/28/2021

We are SO grateful to KATE OTTRANDO, a graphic design student at Santa Barbara City College, for creating this beautiful design tribute in loving memory of our beautiful LILY ROSE! Kate, who attended our "Wag Well, Be Well" Virtual Therapy Dog Visit last week, wrote the following in an email after our event: "I wanted to personally thank you for everything you do for our community and let you know what a calming impact Dog Therapy Day has had in my life. ๐Ÿ™‚

Being able to see your sweet and adorable therapy dogs reassures me that everything is going to be OK, and the beautiful guided meditation brings peace to my mind and body. I always look forward to seeing your therapy dogs and hearing their stories. Your dogs are precious, and understand how your organization truly changes people's lives. I remember Lily Rose from the last time I attended Dog Therapy Day, and she stands out to me as having a beautiful and gentle soul. I am sure Lily Rose is leaving a legacy of love in the world for all those who came in contact with her. I know she is leaving that legacy for me."

Thank you, Kate, for your incredibly kind words and for your beautiful design tribute to Lily Rose! ๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŒน #therapydogssb

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Ben The Very Best Furry Friend With Stephanie and Riley. #virtualstorytime #giveback #dogood #therapydogs #santabarbara
Many of you know Oli, Andrea's therapy dog. Oli needs expensive surgery to repair his back paw due to an injury. A Go Fund Me has been set up to assist with the cost. If you are able to help out here is the link. Thank you. Anita and Karen N. https://www.gofundme.com/save-oli039s-leg?sharetype=teams&member=966172&rcid=r01-15402304907-c9257a4b85b348aa&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w
Riley enjoying the last ARF session of the semester at Notre Dame school! ๐Ÿพโค๏ธ
Gus and I look forward to reading with children. Gus is a Golden Retriever.
Thanks for participating in Wags n Whiskers!
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