Thanks to the generous support of TELUS, Ottawa Therapy Dogs (OTD) will strengthen literacy outcomes in schools and libraries in the National Capital Region using specially trained therapy dog teams as part of the Reading Education Assistance Dogs® (R.E.A.D.®) program.


A unique literacy initiative, this program improves reading and communication skills through animal-assisted therapy. Each week, volunteer handlers and their therapy dogs visit local classrooms as reading companions for reluctant and struggling readers. The results are compelling with a number of studies documenting significant improvement in reading fluency among students who participate in a 10-week literacy program with therapy dogs.


Ottawa Therapy Dogs has been offering the R.E.A.D. program since 2004, however growing demand from local teachers, principals and librarians far exceeds their capacity and resources as a small non-profit organization. Funds from TELUS enables OTD to expand this program and better support their R.E.A.D. teams with additional resources to help them succeed. This includes kits with level-appropriate books as well as tools for teams, teachers and parents to measure specific student outcomes in reading fluency, communications skills, self-confidence and anxiety levels.


To learn more about Ottawa Therapy Dogs’ R.E.A.D. program, watch:




TELUS provides Community Grants to improve the lives of youth and their communities. TELUS has 13 community boards and eight regional community action teams in Canada, as well as five community boards internationally.


November 27th is Giving Tuesday and Ottawa Therapy Dogs have launched their first ever Matching Challenge campaign to support our good dogs doing great work! With your help, Ottawa Therapy Dogs aims to reach a goal of $10,000 in donations from November 1st until Giving Tuesday.


Yes, $10,000...We know, this is ambitious for our tiny charity. The good news is, we are already half way there!


Dr. Nigel Gumley and his team at Cedarview Animal Hospital have generously pledged to match your donations up to $5000!










Ottawa Therapy Dogs Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election of Marie Adèle Davis as their new Chair. Marie Adèle has been the Executive Director of the Canadian Paediatric Society since 1999, a national advocacy organization committed to the health needs of children and youth.


Marie Adèle has always had an interest in not-for-profit work that began when she worked for the Ottawa General in a number of roles including Associate Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Ottawa Hospital. She is a member of the Strategy and Connected Care Committee of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and served on the board of directors of Ottawa Therapy Dogs for 4 years from 2014-18.


Prior to his passing, once a week, Marie Adèle accompanied her best friend, Sam, when he volunteered as a therapy dog at the Montfort Hospital in the Mental Health Unit. She continues to volunteer at the Montfort Hospital inpatient mental health unit.


Marie AdèleDavis received a Bachelor of Science from McGill University and successfully completed her Masters of Business Administration at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.


Ottawa Therapy Dogs will be well served by Marie Adèle’s expertise and experience.



Marie Adèle Davis with Sam