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Providing Therapeutic Benefit to People
Through the Use of Animals

Tails of Joy members volunteer throughout Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties and neighboring towns in Connecticut.

HomeAnimal Assistance Crisis Response Teams

If you represent a community or organization that has suffered a loss call us.

We can help.

TOJ Crisis Response Phone Line


Our phone line is open 24/7.

Our Crisis Response Coordinator will respond to you promptly.

We want to hear from you! However, this number is not to be used for general requests.

For all other requests please see our
contact page or email

Animal Assistance Crisis Response Teams

If your community suffers a crisis the Tails of Joy Animal Assisted Crisis Response Teams are here to help!

Our dedicated volunteer teams have served the community for over twenty years bringing comfort to individuals in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities. We now have a select group of experienced registered therapy dogs and specially trained handlers who are available to provide comfort and support to your community while you recover from a sudden loss or tragedy.

The presence of our friendly, well trained dogs will help to normalize the environment again. The simple act of petting or hugging a dog will help individuals in your community process all that has happened.

Our teams have responded to numerous callouts maintaining a low profile and causing no disruption while offering comfort to individuals suffering the tragic loss of a fellow student, staff member or friend.

Call us. We can help.

Our phone line is open 24/7.
Our Crisis Response Coordinator will respond to you promptly.


Tails of Joy AACRT is prepared to respond in Regions Three and Four of the CT Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection Regional Map and neighboring towns. We look forward to our role as an integral part of a growing statewide effort which will allow for immediate responses across the State with organizations such as Tails of Joy responding within other regions.


Mass Casualty Incident Drill
Douglas Manor, Windham, CT
May 17, 2014

TOJ AACRT teams participated in the large- scale Mass Casualty Incident Drill hosted by Windham’s Douglas Manor, providing comfort to the "victims," First Responders from several towns, and the American Red Cross workers.


Mass Casualty Incident Drill Photo Album, opens in a pop up window