East Central Therapy Dogs have been visiting in the Peterborough area since 2002. We have approximately 60 volunteer members visiting with their dogs in our community, contributing over 5000 volunteer hours each year. We visit nursing and retirement homes in Peterborough, Millbrook and Lakefield, VON day care centres, Community Living centres, local group homes and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. We also give presentations to other service organizations and community groups.

All dogs are temperament tested before being accepted into the program. Our standards are strict in order to preserve our excellent reputation. The dogs must be calm and confident in a crowded, institutional setting. During the test, we attempt to simulate situations which are likely to arise in a nursing home or hospital environment. Successful dogs and their handlers attend an orientation session before accompanying an experienced volunteer for their initial visit to their assigned facility where they are assessed on their ability to provide safe, therapeutic care.

Our program is self-supporting, funded by our annual calendar sales. Funds provide uniforms and leashes to our teams and insurance coverage to our clients.

We are always looking for new members to help us respond to our community's needs. If you have a dog with a calm temperament and you are able to commit to a weekly visit at one of our visiting locations, please email us at admin@ectd.ca for further information.


Brion Aubrey
Director, Chief Evaluator

Anne Corke
Director, Coordinator

Lynda Shevkenek
Director, Coordinator Special Visits (East) 

Hal Bowen
Director, Coordinator Special Visits (West)