Animal Assisted Therapy 
(Reading Education Assistance Dogs)
Cold Noses,
Warm Hearts

Congratulations to Deb and her therapy teams for helping start a  Pet Therapy visitation program on the psychiatric -in-patient unit at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, CT,

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Cold Noses, Warm Hearts, Inc. is a non-profit, all volunteer organization,  dedicated to sharing well trained registered therapy animals and Reading Education Assistance Dogs, (R.E.A.D.) in meaningful programs that provide comfort and caring through the human-animal bond.

Our services are offered in a wide variety of settings including but not limited to hospitals, extended care facilities, universities, children's centers and other facilities where therapy animals are needed along with R.E.A.D. programs in schools and libraries   We strive to make a positive difference in all the lives we touch.

Interested in seeing a therapy or R.E.A.D team in action, check our Current Events page to see where our members/teams will be. 
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Upcoming ITA Team Course Workshop!  For more information or to sign up for the class click here!
Visit to Osborn Correctional Institution a big success!
April 30, 2012 members and teams traveled to Osborn CI in Somers, Ct to visit with inmates on the medical ward and on hospice care.
Some of the comments heard were:
"Thank you", "It is so great to see the dogs!", I wait all year for the visit from the dogs", I have never felt a dog so soft", "He is so BIG!", "I can't tell what it means to me, that you and your dog would come here to visit with us"
Members of this therapy group have been visiting in CT prisons as part of a program started by Deb Richards and her therapy dog, Elijah for almost 10 years as part of the first group of therapy dogs  to visit hospice and ill inmates at MacDougal CI, Osborn CI and York Correctional Institute, Niantic, CT. 
This Dog teaches reading

Victor, age 5, reads a Clifford book to "Beia" a Bernese Mountain dog at the Scotland Library.  Beia was there with her owner Nancy Bard of Scotland and is a therapy dog with the Cold Noses N Warm Hearts program.  She is certified with Intermountain Therapy Animals and visits libraries in the area to encourage reading.

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