SPCA Pet Therapy Teams

Pawsitive Pet Therapy

Meet our visiting teams!  The teams visit a variety of places, including nursing homes, schools and libraries. Each team is skilled and unique, and we’re lucky to have them!

Meet Lucy & Ellen

ellen&lucy_webLucy is a 5-year old black lab mix. Very fittingly, this love-bugs birthday is on Valentine’s day! Lucy and Ellen have been a registered therapy dog team for about a year through TDInc. Lucy came from the Richmond area via great volunteers of the Greater Richmond Lab Rescue, who helped Lucy get healthy and find a happy home after being a stray. As a team, Lucy and Ellen specialize in helping kids enjoy and succeed at reading. Lucy is a very active dog; her calm nature during reading sessions with kids is one side of her work hard, play hard personality.

Lucy’s a friendly, affectionate girl who loves people, cats, and dogs. But her absolute favorite thing? Lucy loves to play tennis ball. She retrieves most of the time, but also enjoys “keep-away”. She’s also quiet  adventurous – she enjoys hiking, playing outside, swimming and kayaking. She really likes hanging out with kids and sometimes napping. This smart girl also knows a wide variety of tricks, and is always working with Ellen to learn! Her favorite treats? Apple slices, dog biscuits, and cat food!

Meet Anne & Daisy

Daisy&Anne-webDaisy is a 2-year old yellow lab; if she were a person, she would be a teenager! Her birthday is on June 21st, and this summer baby is warm and affectionate, and is always eager and excited to meet new people. As a team, Anne and Daisy have been registered with Pet Partners for about a year, and have enjoyed visiting a variety of places including nursing homes, libraries, and a pre-school class.

Daisy got her name because she is both yellow like a daisy and as sweet as a daisy. She loves to swim, snuggle, ride in the car, chase tennis balls, and eat! She has a best friend named Enzo. She can hardly wait to be your friend, too.


Meet Ed & Bentley

bentley2-webBentley is a handsome 5-year old Yorkshire Terrier. Together Ed and Bentley have been a registered therapy dog team with Pet Partners for four years. Bentley is a friend to all he meets and loves visiting everyone, but he particularly loves reading with children. He loves a good book and will sit and listen attentively while read to – just don’t read him any Clifford books! He’s read them all and is ready to hear about new literary adventures.

Bentley and Ed’s favorite part of therapy work? “We enjoy seeing people cheer up when they get to pet Bentley and seeing them smile and tell us about their memories of when they owned a dog. Also, we like to see the smiles on children when they are reading stories to him.” Bentley’s favorite things to do include going for rides in the car, and playing with all of his dog toys. He also likes to play catch with his ball, and munch on his favorite treats: waffles, ice cream, and Cesar Softies dog treats.

Meet Felicia & Pia

felicia&pia-webPia is a 3-year old german shepherd/hound mix. Felicia and Pia were destined to become a team, when they met through the Pen Pals program at the prison where Felicia worked. Pen Pals is an exceptional program in Virginia prisons that utilizes inmate dog handlers to train local rescue dogs in preparation for community adoption. Felicia and Pia have been a registered therapy team with TDInc. for almost a year. Felicia’s favorite quality about Pia is that she brings joy to not only her owner, but to everyone she meets. Pia has a very fun-loving nature, and is especially fond of children. She lights up those around her with her infectious smile and affectionate nature. Some of Pia’s favorite activities are hugging people, running, and is most notably known for her Olympic jumping ability! Felicia and Pia especially enjoy volunteering with the Read to the Paw library program and with nursing home residents.

Meet Mary & Ruth


Ruth is a super sweet 4 1/2-year old Australian Shepherd mix. Ruth and her mom Mary recently passed their Pet Partners therapy evaluation in March of 2015, and we’re oh so excited to have them join us! They’re both friendly and sweet, and ready to jump into therapy work.

Ruth has quiet the personality, and knows some silly tricks: she can moo and whisper! She loves to learn new things, and show off what a smart cookie she is.

Meet Juila & Halsey


Halsey is a big teddy bear of a guy! This five-year-old Newfoundland and his mom Julia recently completed their TDInc. registration. Halsey’s fluffy coat and gentle demeanor quickly attract people of all ages to him – how can you not want to sink your fingers in his fur and give him a huge hug? Julia is no stranger to schools and spent many hours volunteering in her sons’ classrooms when they were growing up. Julia and Halsey enjoy reading with students – Halsey is certainly the perfect dog to grab a good book and curl up with!

Halsey likes to swim, fetch sticks, go for rides in the car, loves treats of all kinds– especially rawhides. Sleeping is also top on his list.

Meet Polly and Jessie

Polly and Jessie Blenheim Vineyards

Jessie is a sweet 5-year-old female black lab. Polly and Jessie have been registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs (formerly TDInc) since April 2015. Together they enjoy volunteering for Community Attention Foster Families, where they meet with teenagers who love dogs but are not able to keep pets in their group home.  It is such rewarding work, especially when these kids reminisce about their own pets from their previous family lives.  It gives them something positive to focus on from their past.

Jessie loves everyone, especially kids.  Besides giving kisses and doing tricks, she loves to retrieve.  You can throw anything for her, a ball, a stick … even a tiny piece of mulch and she’ll play with you for hours.

Meet Zane and Remy


Remy is a 2-year-old black standard poodle. I selected him out of a litter of 13 for therapy dog and agility work. We were certified as a therapy team by Pet Partners in December 2014. We have been visiting nursing homes, memory units and schools since January 2015. I never cease to be amazed at the reactions we receive when visiting, whether it be from a 6 year old first grader or an advanced dementia patient-truly magical! Remy loves nothing better than an off-lead romp in the woods or an indoors romp with my 7-year-old granddaughter.

Meet Alice-Leigh and Maggie


Maggie LOVES people! A rescue from the Louisa County pound in 2009, Maggie’s a classic “Heinz 57” with likely a strong dose of lab and hound. She’s never met a person she didn’t adore and she’s an expert at giving body hugs, leaning deeply into her person. Others frequently comment on her expressive face and manner and her ‘joie de vie’ tends to be infectious. Maggie and Alice-Leigh became registered with Alliance for Therapy Dogs in January 2015. Maggie has enjoyed visits to nursing homes, libraries, schools, and more. (She loves to be surrounded by a group of adoring children.) She especially enjoys less structured settings where she can be actively engaged with her people. Maggie is eager to continue learning about the exciting world of therapy dogs.