Tails of Joy Animal Asssisted Therapy, Connecticut

Providing Therapeutic Benefit to People
Through the Use of Animals

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Tails of Joy members volunteer throughout Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties and neighboring towns in Connecticut.

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Tall Tails is now available on the Documents section of the Members-Only portion of our website.

Membership in Tails of Joy

Next Meeting

Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Tails-U-Win, Manchester

All Members, their Families and Pet Partners (working, retired or in-training) are Welcome.

There will be Dinner for Us, Homemade Treats for Our Pups, Fun Activities – including a Photo Booth (courtesy of Laurel Rabschutz and Ellen & Ted Jennings),
Socialization Opportunities and Door Prizes.
All Provided Compliments of Tails of Joy!

In lieu of a grab bag we will be collecting cash donations in support of Our Companions Animal Rescue.
TOJ will match member cash donations up to $150.

We're also bringing back our Swap Table for new and gently used pet items!

We will be gathering in the front room behind the office at Tails-U-Win! Enter from the front of the building.

Reservations are Required!  Register to Attend the Party now on the Tails of Joy Calendar!

Link to R.S.V.P. Tails of Joy Holiday Party Registration

Please Be Sure To Scroll Down To “Complete Registration.”

See You At The Party!

Meetings are held monthly, except January and during the summer, usually on the first Saturday of the month. Holiday weekends may alter the schedule. Guests are welcome.


Animal Assisted Activity

Meeting Schedule

February 7, 7PM

March 7, 7PM

April -- no meeting

May 2, 7PM

June 6, 7PM
Annual Meeting and Election of BOD

September 13, 1-4 PM
Annual Picnic
Baywood Kennels

October 3, 7PM
Dave Shoup, Tucker’s Touch Canine Massage and Reiki, will facilitate a workshop on Canine Massage for Dog Owners

November 7, 7 PM
Deanna Nickels, Our Companions Trainer, will teach a Tricks Workshop

December 5
Holiday Party

Dates and location are subject to change, please check back to verify as the day gets closer.

Benefits of Membership in Tails of Joy

  • Pet Partner and Intermountain Therapy Animal evaluation/re-evaluation at no cost by our member evaluators.
  • Mentoring by an experienced therapy team handler.
  • Support and information exchange with other members.
  • Coverage under Tails of Joy insurance policy for volunteer pet visiting activities.
  • Educational Events.

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Membership Levels

All memberships are from July 1 to June 30th. Membership dues for members joining between January 1 and June 30 are one-half of the yearly dues.

Becoming actively involved does not require that you have a purebred companion animal or an animal of a specific size. We try not to place any time constraints on our members and ask only that you spend a couple of hours each month providing AAA / AAT.

Membership Application in PDF format

Registration Evaluations are offered several times a year.

Please contact Beth Hajek for current evaluation schedule.

Almost any type of animal can provide AAA / AAT when trained properly. Each evaluating program has their own requirements and restrictions. TOJ evaluators conduct evaluations for dogs, cats and rabbits.


Full Membership $30.00

Any member who is registered with a national organization, including Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society), Intermountain Therapy Animals and Therapy Dogs Incorporated, and has been visiting a facility with his/her companion animal.

Associate Membership $25.00
Any member who is not yet a registered team, is part of the mentoring program or provides a service but is not involved in providing AAA / AAT with a companion animal.
Family Membership $35.00
Two or more members in the same family. Children must be between 12 and 17 years old.
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Tails of Joy is an ITA Affiliate Organization

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