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, October 4, 2014, 7PM

Guest Speaker Laurel Rabschutz

The Human - Animal Bond

Laurel became involved with animal assisted activities in 1991 with her Newfoundland, Orion, and quickly realized just how powerful human-animal interactions can be. She also realized how rewarding and fun it can be to share your pet with others.

All these years later, Laurel is still active with AAA with her Newfoundland, Dooley, and Portuguese Water Dog, Iggy. She has been an advocate for implementing pet therapy programs at the University of Connecticut, which is where she works in the Registrar’s office, teaches a seminar course on the Human-Animal Bond, and coordinates college campus visits for Tails of Joy members.

She has presented her research and experiences at a variety of conferences and will share her expertise at our October 4th membership meeting. Please join us for this informative evening as Laurel talks with us about the meaning of the human-animal bond in the work we do as Tails of Joy members.


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175 Adams Street, Manchester, CT 06040

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

Fall 2014
Meeting Schedule

September 7, 2-5 PM
Annual Picnic
Baywood Kennels

October 4, 7 PM
Guest Speaker: Laurel Rabschutz

November 1, 7 PM
Guest Speaker: Mallory Fergione, MSW

December 13, 7 PM
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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Intermountain Therapy Animals

Tails of Joy is an ITA Affiliate Organization

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