What is NCTD?
National Capital Therapy Dogs, Inc. (NCTD) is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that provides animal-assisted therapy to many people in health facilities, shelters, schools and libraries. Established in 1990, NCTD has steadily expanded its operations, and is now recognized as one of the top animal-assisted therapy organizations in the country.
What do we do?
NCTD provides a full range of animal-assisted therapy services to approved facilities, depending upon the needs of the client. The people we visit include medical and psychiatric patients, stroke and trauma clients, residents in facilities for the elderly, palliative care patients, abused women and their children, homeless families and troubled teenagers. We also have an active READ® (Reading Education Assistance Dogs®) program which encourages children to read to our dogs in order to improve their reading motivation, fluency and confidence.
Where do we visit?
NCTD currently visits more than 60 facilities in the Washington Metropolitan area, Baltimore, Southern Virginia, and the Delmarva Peninsula. Examples of facilities where we visit include the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital and other major area hospitals; rehabilitation centers for adults and children; nursing homes, assisted living and hospice facilities; schools and public libraries; and special needs programs.