We bring trained therapy dogs to local hospitals, nursing homes and schools. Our therapy dogs help reduce anxiety, depression, stress and lighten up the mood with palliative care families. All visits are supervised by a highly trained dog handler. Each team (dog and handler) are assessed to find their strengths and weaknesses. Depending on the results, teams are trained in specialised areas working with; children, disabled, young adults, elderly, palliative care and emergency services. Each Nepean Therapy Dog handler is trained, capable and proficient in the environment they are visiting.
Nepean Therapy Dogs Inc. began in 1992 when Annemarie and Bella visited a friend in Nepean Hospital. What started out as a one-off experience quickly became a regular occurrence. Innovative doctors and nurses soon embraced the opportunity to enhance their treatments of patients through the positive effect that Bella had on so many people. As demand grew, it soon became clear that Bella and Annemarie needed more help…and we still do.
From those humble beginnings with Bella, we have grown and now have an amazing group of volunteers (both two legged and four), who visit Nepean, Katoomba, Blacktown, Mt Druitt, Westmead, Hawkesbury and Auburn Hospitals along with various Western Sydney Nursing Homes and schools on a regular basis.
The dogs are welcomed in most areas of the hospital, spreading much joy among patients, visitors and staff alike.
Our management team
General Manager & Trainer
Nepean Therapy Dogs in the News:
“Modern health care is not just about science, technology, drugs and surgery… it is about people, it is about caring!”
Penrith Press 18/05/2017
Daily Edition 10/04/2017
Big Baron On Duty (no link)
Penrith Press Page 3. 30/3/2017
Dogs Today Magazine 28/03/2017
Daily Telegraph 27/03/2017
The Daily Telegraph 15/1/2017
Therapy Dogs (Nepean Therapy Dog segment starts at 8 minutes 19 seconds)
ABC Australia Wide – 3/12/2016
Four-legged healing from Nepean Therapy Dogs (no link)
Nepean News page 18 – 8/09/2016
Penrith City Gazette – 03/11/2016
St. Mary’s Star – 31/08/2016
Auburn Review – 14/06/16
Hospital, nursing home patients mourning the loss of Amber the therapy dog
Daily Telegraph – 19/1/2016
Vicious dog attack leaves Blacktown Hospital therapy dog Lulu wounded
Daily Telegraph – 11/11/2015
Nepean Therapy Dogs pay Mt Druitt Hospital patients a visit
Daily Telegraph – 17/6/2015
Nepean Therapy Dogs providing extra therapy for Sydney hospital patients
ABC News – 16/6/2015
Channel 9 Today show – 1/7/2015
Canines bring healing paws
Penrith City Gazette – 12/2/2012