Recent Announcements

REDDING, CA will host American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) testing on  March 15, 2014 starting promptly at 10 am.

REDDING, CA The next ITDI evaluations are April 19, 2014 at 9am.  You must provide Proof of CGC prior to scheduling your evaluation.

REDDING, CA Pawsitive Training Center will offer a four week therapy dog training class starting in mid-March 2014. 

For more info on taking the CGC, therapy dog training classes or ITDI evaluations contact:

Marty Strausbaugh KPA-CTP - Pawsitive Training Center - (530) 945-DOGS (3647)

SAN DIEGO, CA  The next ITDI evaluations are April 12, 2014 starting at 10:00am.
Evaluations will be held at University Towne Center, San Diego, CA.
You must provide Proof of CGC prior to scheduling your evaluation. 
To schedule your evaluation contact Carol Harris via

Did you know ITD, Inc. is one of the only therapy dog organizations with no mimimum age?  Read all about this on our Membership page!

'DOG-LESS' MEMBERSHIP are available only with ITD, Inc. - find out how you can apply for 'dog-less' membership on our Membership page. 

Letter of Appreciation from Alvarado Parkway Institute - Behavioral Health Systems, San Diego, CA
Thanks to all our Teams who visit monthly at the University Avenue, San Diego API Institute.
Letter of Appreciation from Promise Hospital, San Diego, CA
Papillon Marlee and her owner/handler Pat are a huge success at Promise Hospital, a Behavioral Health Unit in San Diego.  These special residents need all the smiles they can get and Marlee the Magnificant is always up to this task.

ITD, Inc. Team Featured on CBS 8 News

posted Dec 8, 2011, 11:10 AM by Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc.   [ updated Dec 8, 2011, 11:10 AM ]

Catherine Rodriguez and her dog Honey Bear are one of the many ITD, Inc. therapy dog Teams. In addition, Honey Bear is Catherine's Service Dog. This video shows the wonderful bond between these two.

Watch the video:

09 SEPTEMBER 2011 Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc. is recognized as one of AKC's therapy dog organizations.

posted Sep 16, 2011, 5:03 PM by Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc.   [ updated Sep 16, 2011, 5:22 PM ]

30 JULY 2011 "America Cares" bi-annual package drive

posted Sep 8, 2011, 7:23 AM by Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc.   [ updated Sep 16, 2011, 5:20 PM ]

Veteran's Museum & Memorial in Balboa Park, San Diego - Therapy dog Teams provided support for Honoring Our Troops volunteers as they packed 456 care packages to send overseas for our troops.



Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc.'s own Sandy Storrie Helping Others

posted Aug 10, 2011, 8:02 AM by Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc.   [ updated Sep 8, 2011, 7:46 AM ]

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - They say in life you have to ask for what you want, and that's just what a Virginia boy suffering from epilepsy did when he needed a life-saving service dog.

Seven-year-old Evan Moss dreamed up an idea that was bigger than life. He suffers from epilepsy, and needed to come up with $13,000 to buy himself a service dog that will alert his parents when he has a life-threatening seizure.

So Evan wrote a book about the dog he needed, and the money and compassion came pouring in from across the country.

Sandy Storrie lives in Clairemont and when she saw Evan's story on News 8, she immediately picked up the phone and arranged to get the boy his own service dog free of charge.

"I don't know, it's hard to describe, it was just like something clicked and I was like, I'm on this," she said...(read more).

posted Sep 4, 2010, 5:10 AM by Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc.

04 January 2010 Letter of Appreciation from the Neil Ash USO-Airport Center, San Diego CA.

posted Aug 20, 2010, 6:16 PM by Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc.   [ updated Sep 16, 2011, 5:23 PM ]

20 NOV 2009 Was the Grand Opening of our therapy dog visiting program designed specifically for the Neil Ash USO.  Teams continue to bring their therapy dogs to visit transitioning military personnel & their beneficiaries, giving everyone a homey atmosphere and calming nerves.

posted Aug 15, 2010, 4:55 PM by Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc.

Tails wag for Shirley Colman and her therapy dogs

posted Aug 11, 2010, 1:53 PM by Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc.   [ updated Feb 14, 2011, 8:29 PM ]

May 16, 2010 - La Mesa resident Shirley Colman will be honored by 10News this week for her work with therapy dogs to assist others through a variety of programs.

In 2008, Colman initiated an effort to increase the number of therapy dog Teams in San Diego county. Working through an international, non-profit organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registering therapy dogs and their handlers to visit nursing homes, hospitals and other institutions she organized and promoted therapy dog evaluations by opening up her residence to hold the certification tests. Because of her work there over 100 more therapy dog Teams in San Diego county.

In April of 2009, she coordinated a Chldren Reading to the Dogs program that gives students the opportunity to read to dogs, allowing the children to learn how to read and also reducing their stress by the presence of the therapy dogs. As she looked to expand her efforts, Shirley started “Event Dogs" as a simple mailing list to staff many more therapy dog events with therapy dog Teams of any current registry. It’s currently known as “List Srv 4 Therapy Dog Teams” and it acts as a list server for various volunteer registered therapy dog Team events around the county. She also organized successful De-Stress Fests for UCSD students, faculty and staff members as well as other venues. Through her work, many people benefit from therapy dog visits, reading programs and various activities.

Because of her dedication to assisting others through therapy dogs, Colman will receive the 10News Leadership Award on Wednesday May 19 in the category of “Volunteerism and Community Action.” Watch 10News Live at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 20 for the presentation of the award.

Article provided by OurCity San Diego

Students give dog days of finals new meaning (La Jolla Light)

posted Aug 8, 2010, 3:26 PM by Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc.   [ updated Aug 8, 2010, 3:32 PM ]

In the dog days of finals, UCSD students got to pet friendly pups on Library Walk, courtesy of the campus' Student Wellness initiative. Studies show that petting a dog lowers stress levels. Hundreds of students played with some 40 certified therapy dogs including golden retrievers, black and golden labs as well as boxers, among other species, in the canines' very own petting palace. "Therapy Fluffies" was sponsored by Student Wellness, a collaborative campus initiative which promotes student wellbeing and encourages balanced lifestyles with a holistic, preventive approach across multiple disciplines.

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