Healers with Halos is a Connecticut chapter of The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. We are a 501(c)3 under the auspices of The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs. We reach out to those who may be ill, grieving, or lonely, including their family and friends who may be helping to care for and comfort them. Our teams work in colleges, schools, libraries, nursing homes, veterans homes, hospitals, and other facilities, as well as with individuals at home where animal-assisted therapy is indispensable.
All therapy dog classes for training Healers with Halos are held at Bolton Veterinary Hospital. All breeds of dogs are welcome; dogs must have prior obedience training, be at least 18 months of age, and have absolutely no history of biting or aggression. Classes are held several times per year, and require prior interview for admittance into the program.
Visits and Events
Our Therapy Dog teams attend regularly scheduled visits with many venues like colleges, schools and libraries, nursing homes, hospitals, veterans homes, and assisted-living facilities.
Our teams attend annual events like South Windsor's Paws in the Park festival, Ellington Famer's Market Dog Day, and the Coventry Farmer's Market Dog Day.
Multiple teams attend our annual fund raising events outside of Sweet Frog and Red Robin in Manchester, CT.
Requests for Visits
Organizations can request Therapy Dog visits by sending an email to Healers with Halos.
We have many requests and we do our best to find teams of Handlers and Therapy Dogs who can travel to your location at the date(s) and time(s) that are provided.
Our teams of handlers and dogs enjoy visiting new venues!
Click here to use our contact form to provide the details we need to arrange for visits.
Training and Registration
Handlers and their dogs attend a 12-week training class and must pass a set of tests that demonstrate their dog's obedience, tolerance for noises and other dogs in the vicinity, staying away from food when asked, and a willingness interact with people regardless of the type of medical equipment they may be using. After passing the tests, the handler and their dog are registered with Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs. Each team is re-evaluated annually before they renew their registration.
Click here to complete the training enrollment form.
About the Founder of Bolton Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Allan A Leventhal, founder of Bolton Veterinary Hospital, served in World War II and was based in Italy and France. His original squadron consisted of 23 men. Sadly, only five returned in 1945, two of whom were POWs.
During this time, their squadron had a dog named Rowdy. Rowdy followed the squadron to different locations through the duration of their deployment. Dr. Leventhal carried many pictures of Rowdy with him. He hoped to return to the States with Rowdy, but at the time, this was not permitted.
In honor of Rowdy, Dr. Leventhal’s family named their first dog after him. We can only imagine the comfort the original Rowdy provided Dr. Leventhal and the men in his squadron. In many ways, Dr. Leventhal was a man ahead of his time, who knew and understool the love and devotion dogs are capable of giving and sharing.
Bolton Veterinary Hospital proudly honors Dr. Leventhal’s legacy today by sponsoring Healers with Halos.
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Reading Education Assistance Dogs
Healers with Halos is a R.E.A.D. Affiliate
The mission of the R.E.A.D. program is to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered therapy teams as literacy mentors.
Two of our members are certified as R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) instructors. They administer a one-day training class for handlers who want to work with their dog as a registered R.E.A.D. team. The training is open to anyone who is a registered Therapy Dog handler. You can learn more about the parent organization's R.E.A.D. program by clicking on this link:
Click here to use our contact form to request more information about starting a R.E.A.D. program or training.