Read with the Love Dogs

Denise Valdez of 8 News Now spent the morning with the Love Dogs at Edith Garehime Elementary School to learn about our reading program. This is our seventh year with the first graders at Garehime and every other week we spend half an hour learning “everything” dog and then the remainder of the class reading with the dogs. Everyone benefits – the students, the handlers and especially the dogs!

Thank you to our Board

A therapy program does not run itself, and certainly a non-profit doesn’t. Without our Board of Directors we could not move forward as we have. This past year we have bestowed scholarships, expanded our presence with existing partnerships and formed new ones. We have renewed all of our teams and welcomed additional dog and cat teams. And we have strategized how we utilize our funds and how we are determined to maintain the standard of excellence of our national program Pet Partners. We have never been about quantity but always about the quality of our therapy teams and the service we provide to the community. And that remains our guiding mission.

Thank you Diane, Leslie, Lindsay and Susan for joining me on this extraordinary journey and making it all happen!


Celebrate our volunteers

As we continue to celebrate volunteerism this week, let’s recognize those who assist with training and testing. Without our neutral dog teams, “strangers” during evaluations, assistants during workshops and training we could never accomplish all we do. And a huge thank you goes to all those volunteers helping us with our upcoming April 30 fundraiser. These are very important roles and contribute greatly to our success.




Three wonderful Love Dogs passed their renewals

Marilyn and K.C.

Pet Partners is our national therapy organization and they require complete retesting every two years to maintain your active status.

Elsa and Pumpernickel

This means every team must pass the same test in order to continue volunteering and three wonderful teams did just that this week: Marilyn and K.C., Lisa and Boise and Elsa and Pumpernickel.

Lisa and Boise

We are so grateful for their dedication to animal assisted therapy and congratulate them all.


National Volunteer Appreciation Week

Celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week with the Love Dogs on the final day April 30 … which is National Animal Therapy Day.

  • Did you know that the Love Dogs volunteer over 5,000 hours annually to the Las Vegas Community?
  • Did you know that the Love Dogs have been invited to participate in environments and with populations never before integrating animals into their therapies?
  • Did you know that the Love Dogs bestow scholarships each quarter to deserving recipients to cover all their costs to become part of the program, and have supported eleven Love Dogs teams thus far?
  • Did you know that your donations make all of this happen!


Next Pet Partners Handler Workshops

To become part of our team, you begin by attending the Pet Partners Handler Workshop. This is the required day spent without your own animals learning our policies and procedures and watching experienced teams demonstrate the evaluation and handling.

We are offering two upcoming Workshops: Sunday, July 9 and Sunday, September 10.

The best way to learn about our program is to attend a Free Orientation to determine if this is the animal therapy program for you. For future Orientation dates, contact

This is Dolly – isn’t she beautiful! Is she a future Love Dog?



Walking the dogs

Today was our favorite class with our adopted school – learning to walk a dog! The students never have control of the dogs but learn what it feels like to walk a calm dog on a loose leash.

We had five dogs today and they did such a great job and were so proud of themselves! Even Petey did a little group walking.


Vote for Norbert

Over the years, the Love Dogs have had three therapy dogs nominated for the Humane Association’s Hero Dog of the Year: Atlas, Benny and Petey.

This year however we ask everyone who loves the Love Dogs to vote for another Pet Partner team … Norbert!

Doesn’t he remind you of Petey! We really want to support our national organization Pet Partners and have NORBERT win so please vote for Norbert in the Therapy Dog category once a day every day until May 3. Finalists will be announced shortly thereafter


Love Dogs on 8 News Now

What a great experience the filming was for the children, handlers and dogs! Denise Valdez spent almost two hours with our class and interviewed several children, as well as all the dogs! We will let you all know when it will air, in a couple of weeks.

Will we see you on April 30?

We hope to see all of our friends and supporters on April 30 at our annual fundraiser. Did you know that is Annual Animal Assisted Therapy Day? We will have several of our therapy teams there so it is a great time to learn more about what we do and maybe it is something you will pursue n the future!