Membership in Tails of Joy
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.
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.
September 7, 2-5 PM
October 4, 7 PM
Guest Speaker: Laurel Rabschutz
Guest Speaker: Mallory Fergione, MSW
Dates and location are subject to change, please check back
to verify as the day gets closer.
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.
Application in PDF format
Registration Evaluations are offered several times a
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.