National Capital Therapy Dogs, Inc. (NCTD) is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that provides animal-assisted therapy and other activities to 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.
NCTD provides a full range of therapy services to our approved facilities. The people we visit include medical and psychiatric patients, stroke and trauma clients, residents in facilities for the elderly, palliative care patients, victims of domestic violence, homeless families and troubled teenagers.
We also have an active R.E.A.D. Program which encourages children to read to our dogs in order to improve their reading motivation, fluency and confidence.
NCTD holds frequent training and evaluation classes throughout the Washington DC area. Please visit our Calendar of Events for further information.