Who Are We?
DOGS ON CALL (DOC) is one of the programs offered by the Easter Seals of Alabama network of services. Founded in 2008, DOGS ON CALL is an Easter Seals Alabama non-profit organization that supports, trains, organizes, and certifies dogs and their handlers to perform multiple services. You can learn more about the important work of this community service organization by viewing the Dogs On Call introductory video.
Our Mission & Philosophy
More than a Therapy Dog program, DOGS ON CALL (DOC) is a volunteer-driven Community Service Organization. Our mission is to provide the compassion and assistance that only a trained therapy dog can give. A Therapy Dog is trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with learning difficulties.
What We Do
DOGS ON CALL provides training for potential Therapy Dogs, tests for several levels of certification, monitors, and schedules placements for DOC Teams (handler + dog) to visit schools, nursing/assisted living facilities, at-risk children’s programs, and youth detention centers, as well as many other venues in the community. DOC Teams with more advanced certifications and training also provide specialized therapy for people in hospitals, mental health and cancer treatment centers, and children’s rehabilitation centers. Learn more…
In partnership with the community, the DOC Therapy Dog Teams provide:
Comfort Care in partnership with Hospitals, Assisted Living, Community Programs, VA Facilities, Nursing Homes, and Hospice Care.
Our DOC Teams visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities regularly. In partnership with Amedisys Hospice, DOC Teams also visit hospice patients. In partnership with Jackson Hospital, DOC Teams visit patients. In partnership with the Veteran’s Association (VA), DOC Team works with VA Facilities.
Children At-Risk in partnership with public and alternative schools.
Education: Three in-school curriculums: Curriculums are designed to teach compassion and responsibility, improve focus, and stimulate learning.
Children with Disabilities in partnership with Easter Seals Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy Services, and special needs classes.
Specialized DOC Teams work with children with autism and other disabilities, and special needs families in goal oriented therapy as well as therapy and service dog placements. DOC Teams are called to work with Veterans and patients with loose of limb, paralysis, and brain trauma recovery.
Disaster Relief Responders in partnership with Red Cross.
In partnership with Red Cross, DOC Teams are trained around sirens, uniforms, crowds, and chaos. Volunteers are called to be support for the families in shelters after a tragedy strikes.
Learn more by viewing:
Dogs On Call (YouTube Video)
Therapy Dogs at Work (YouTube Video)
Our Friends, Easter Seals Therapy Dogs (YouTube Video)
DOGS ON CALL touches the lives of more than 25,000 people annually.
If you have any questions about our organization or would like to become a certified Therapy Dog team, please contact us via our online form. DOC’s six-week training sessions are held bi-annually in the Montgomery, Alabama, area.